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.

8th SAO (2021)
Date: 29 May 2021, Saturday
Time: 09:00 – 12:00 hrs
Venue: Participants’ respective schools
Registration deadline: 16 Apr 2021, 11.59pm; late registration is strictly not accepted, as papers will be sent for printing after the date. 
Participation fee: $7 per participant
(payable by bank transfer to Astronomy.SG)

Registration for the SAO has opened. Independent candidates will not be eligible to participate this year.

Registration for the SAO is limited to students of local Secondary, Independent or post-Secondary/pre-University educational institutes (with a registered campus in Singapore). 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.


Update(s) regarding 14th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) 

7 Mar 2021

The IOAA Secretariat has announced that the 14th IOAA will not proceed as originally planned this year. It is currently considering two models: the IOAA will either be held virtually in particpants’ respective countries or it will organise another Global e-Competition on Astronomy and Astrophysics (GeCAA). It will announce its decision¬† by the end of April.

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13th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)

Duration: 2-10 August 2019
Host country: Hungary
Team size: Up to 5 students
Selection process: Top performers in the SAO
Website: 13th IOAA (2019) @ Hungary
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 Jun 2019

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