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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 upcoming SAO are as follows.

7th SAO (2019)
Date: Mar 2019 (TBC)
Time: TBC
Venue: TBC
Registration deadline: Feb 2019 (TBC); 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 not opened. 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 20. 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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13th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)

Duration: 2-10 August 2019
Host country: TBC
Team size: Up to 5 students
Selection process: Top performers in the SAO
Website: 13th IOAA (2019) @ Venue TBC
Websites of previous IOAAs: 12th IOAA (2018) @ Beijing, China
11th IOAA (2017) @ Phuket, Thailand
10th IOAA (2016) @ Bhubaneswar, India
Participation fee: TBC

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

Last Updated on 7 Nov 2018