Press conference dedicated to the beginning of the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad was held at Herzen University

Press conference dedicated to the beginning of the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad was held at Herzen University

On July 14th the press conference dedicated to the beginning of the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad was held at Herzen University.

The event was attended by representatives of the organizing committee of IMO 21, including the director of the Presidential physics and mathematics lyceum №239 Maxim Pratusevich, rector of the Herzen University Sergei Bogdanov, Director of the Center for Work with Talented Youth, and Applicants of Herzen University Tatiana Gdalina.

The conference participants answered questions about the preparation for the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad and what awaits the participants this year.

“I would like to thank our colleagues from the Ministry of Education for trusting us at this difficult moment and giving us the opportunity to hold the Olympics on the basis of our University. For us this event is very symbolic, because during the siege of Leningrad in 1943, the Mathematics Olympiad was held within the walls of Herzen University. This fact was as significant for our city as Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, as a blockade match was. And today IMO is also a symbol of overcoming difficult times”- noted Sergei Bogdanov.

On 14th July, the task committee began its work, the meetings are held on the basis of the educational center “Academy of talents”. Over the course of three days, representatives from different countries will be engaged in the selection of tasks for the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad and will compile a shortlist of problems, which the participants will have to solve.

The Grand opening ceremony will be held on the July 18th and will be virtual, and on July 16th, the solemn raising of the flag of the International Mathematical Olympiad will take place. The flag will be hoisted over the main building of Herzen University and will stay there until the end of the Olympics.