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Astronomy Olympiads

Singapore Astronomy Olympiad

The Singapore Astronomy Olympiad (SAO) is modelled after the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), which Singapore has participated in since 2007. The SAO is largely academic in nature and participants are graded on individual merit. A strong performance in the SAO qualifies students to participate in that year's IOAA.

In addition to this, the SAO aims to promote an interest in astronomy and astrophysics, in particular recent developments in these fields.

The SAO currently has no affiliation to other programmes which participants may be aware of, such as the International Astronomy Olympiad, International Space Olympiad, etc.

Details of the latest SAO are as follows.

6th SAO (2018)
Date: 26 May 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm (entry to venue at 8:30 am)
Venue: Hwa Chong Institution
Registration deadline: 27 Apr 2018 (Friday); all late registrations approved at discretion of the SAO Organising Committee
Participation fee: S$5 per participant
(payable by bank transfer to Astronomy.SG)

Normal registration for the SAO has closed. For late registrants, please email sao [at] astronomy [dot] sg to indicate your interest.

Registration for the SAO is limited to students of local Secondary or post-Secondary/pre-University educational institutes (with a registered campus in Singapore), who are aged between 13 and 19. Full-time National Servicemen are not allowed to participate.

Award winners of the SAO are honoured in our Hall of Fame - check out the list below!

Hall of Fame

You may find the following resources useful in your preparation for the SAO and/or IOAA. The Organising Committee will keep this updated from time-to-time.


Message from the Organising Committee of the 6th SAO

28 Feb 2018

The Organising Committee has reviewed feedback from the 5th SAO and made amendments to the SAO, effective this year. Please refer to the following annexes for more information.

(Annex A) Additional details of the SAO (Annex B) Syllabus of the SAO

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12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)

Duration: October - November 2018 (actual dates TBC)
Host country: China
Team size: Up to 5 students
Selection process: Top performers in the SAO
Website: TBC
Websites of previous IOAAs: 11th IOAA (2017) @ Phuket, Thailand
10th IOAA (2016) @ Bhubaneswar, India
Participation fee: 3000 CNY (S$625) per student and team leader, in addition to the return plane ticket (subject to change)

For inquiries, please email sao [at] astronomy [dot] sg. Volunteer trainers (to host training in Singapore) are also welcome.

Last Updated on 22 May 2018