Thailand to host IPhO 2011 during 10-18 Jul

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BANGKOK, 23 June 2011 – Thailand has voiced its readiness to host the 42nd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) scheduled from 10 to 18 July 2011 at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

Chulalongkorn University Council Chairperson and deputy chairperson of the Promotion of Academic Olympiad and Development of Science Education Foundation under the patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Professor Dr Charas Suwanwela said Thailand is ready in all aspects to host the upcoming IPHO while HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will graciously preside over both opening and closing ceremonies.

Prof Dr Charas indicated that the academic competition is aimed at celebrating the 84th birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adujyadej on 5 December 2011 as well as improving the standard of physics study in Thailand.

There will be five Thai representatives taking part in the 42nd IPhO, comprising Mr Kumpol Akarawarawong from Mahidol Witthayanusorn School, Mr Thipok Rak-amnouykit from Pathumwan Demonstration School of Srinakharinwirot University, Mr Jirat Jirawichitchai, Mr Pongsapak Sawasdirak and Mr Pakapol Supaniratisai from Triam Udom Suksa School. Students from 84 countries are participating in the Olympiad.

The five Thai participants pledged to try their best in the international academic competition in order to win gold medals for the country. Thai representatives grabbed five gold medals in total from the 41st IPhO in Zagreb, Republic of Croatia.