The Russian team of four students won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the XV International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Quebec (Canada).
The International Geographical Olympiad (iGeo) is an annual competition of teams of students from all over the world where they test their knowledge and skills in geography. The Olympiad has been held since 1996 under the auspices of the International Geographical Union (IGU). Participants are to show their knowledge in three rounds: a written test, field survey and a multimedia test. All tasks are presented in English.
For the first time in the history of this geographical competition a student from Russia Alen Kospanov took first place in the overall ranking of iGeo. He also won a gold medal. Olga Bogdanova from Moscow won a silver medal and Vyacheslav Bogolyubsky from the Chelyabinsk region and Mikhail Selyugin from the Perm region received bronze medals.
Alain Kospanov told that the competition was well organized and included questions from different geosciences. "iGeo is a unique opportunity to make new friends, to meet with children from all over the world," he said. “Quebec is a city with very interesting cultural, architectural and linguistic features. I think, the Olympiad will also be remembered for this."
The team leaders were Pavel Kirillov, a leading researcher at the Faculty of Geography of Moscow State University, Nikita Mozgunov, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Alexey Naumov, the head of the Department of Geography of Moscow State University.
"Alen Kospanov is the best young geographer in the world! He won by a large margin, especially in the field survey round," Alexey Naumov stressed.
We congratulate the guys with brilliant results at iGeo and wish them further success in studying geography!