National and international initiatives to attract talented students to mathematics

Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques

-        answered by Joan Solà-Morales, President

1.     Olipíada Matemàtica (catalan level).
It is a contest at the level of Catalonia of the type of the International Mathematical Olympiads. The winners become the Catalan delegation that competes in the Spanish Mathematical Olympiad, organized by the Real Sociedad Matemática Española.
Prior to the written test there is an on-line competition, that helps the possible candidates to get some experience on this kind of contest. Sessions of preparation are also organized around the country. A number of publications with the statements of the problems and their solutions are also prepared and distributed.
-webpage: http://www.cangur.org/olimpiades/47oli/index.htm#fasecat
-contact person: Josep Grané, scm@iec.cat
-Age of participants: 14-18
-Scope: regional (catalan)
-Number of participants: around 150
-Starting year: 1982

2.     Prova Cangur
It is a contest of problem solving, coordinated at the international level with the organization Le Kangorou sans Frontières. The Catalan Mathematical Society is the responsible of the organization in the Catalan language inside Spain. The participation is voluntary. Together with this contest, there are other on-line related competitions like Problemes a l'Esprint and also the Marató de Problemes.
-webpage: http://www.cangur.org/web-nova/
-contact person: Marta Berini, mberinill@gmail.com
-Age of participants : 14-18
-Scope: regional (catalan)
-Number of participants: around 21,500
-Starting year: 1995

3.     ESTALMAT-Catalunya
Saturday activities for some selected young students. The goal is the stimulus of the mathematical talent. This is an activity of the Catalan Mathematical Society in collaboration with FEEMCAT ( http://feemcat.org/) inside the Spanish coordination ESTALMAT-España (http://www.estalmat.org/)
-webpage: http://www.xtec.cat/~mberini/indexcat.htm
-contact person: Marta Berini, mberinill@gmail.com
-Age of participants: 11-13
-Scope: regional (catalan)
-Number of participants: 50
-Starting year: 2003

4.     FEM MATEMÀTIQUES
This is a contest of the type of the Prova Cangur, but directed to younger students. It is not organized by the SCM, but by our close organization FEEMCAT ( http://feemcat.org/)
-webpage: http://phobos.xtec.cat/edumatcat/fem_mates/moodle/mod/resource/view.php?id=211
-contact person: Iolanda Guevara, feemcat@gmail.com
-Age of participants: 11-14
-Scope: regional (catalan)
-Number of participants: around 7,000
-Starting year: 2004

Swedish Mathematical Society

-        answered by Mats Andersson, President, and by Jana Madjarova, president of the committee for the Swedish Mathematical Contest

1.     The Sonya Kovalevsky Days

The Sonya Kovalevsky Days have been arranged by the Swedish Royal Academy of Science annually since the year 2000. The background is that we need more good students entering studies of mathematics at an academic level in Sweden. So we wish to give students some idea of what mathematics is as a research field and as a profession.

Each (senior) high-school in Sweden with a science program is invited to send two students (one male and one female) to attend those days. The upper limit is about 200 students. The goal is to raise the interest in mathematics among these students, to let them listen to enthusiastic mathematicians, to let them meet university students and to talk about what it is like to study mathematics.

The program of The Sonya Kovalevsky Days contains 5-6 lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and other activities during two days. There is also plenty of time for social interactions. The lecturers will have a broad and varied background in mathematics. Most of them will come from Sweden, but at least one will be "international", for example Peter Jones, John Conway, Simon Sing, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Gilbert Strang have given lectures at The Sonya Kovalevsky Days.

-webpage: http://nkmat.kva.se/

-contact person: Ulla Dinger, Department of Mathematics, Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, S-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden, email: ulla@chalmers.se

-Age of participants: Most of the participants are 17 or 18 years old.

-Scope and Number of participants: About 200 national participants.

- Starting year: 2000.

2.     Swedish Mathematical Contest

The contest consists of two rounds: a qualification round, and a final round for the about 20 students with the best results from the qualification round. All schools are welcome to participate in the qualification in September. The students write their papers at their own school (as an exception at another school). The papers are then sent to the contest committee, and graded by the members of the committee during a s.c. marking conference which takes place during a weekend in October. The best 20 students (or thereabout) are invited to participate in the final round in November, at one of the large Swedish universities. Two of the committee members (Jana Madjarova and Victor Ufnarovski) then train the finalists - a correspondence course and a couple of training camps. Around 1 April there is another competition, the Nordic Mathematical Contest, organized in turn by all the five Nordic countries. Around the end of April the team to represent Sweden at the IMO is chosen, based on the results from the Swedish competition, the correspondence course and the NMC.

-webpage: www.mattetavling.se

-contact person: Jana Madjarova, Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

-Age of participants: Normally 18-19; sometimes as young as 14

-Scope: National

-Number of participants: Qualification Round: 800-900; Final Round: 20-24

-Starting year: 1961

Czech Mathematical Society

-        answered by Jan Kriz, Chair of the Committee for talented pupils of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists

1.     Mathematical Olympiad

MO is part of a worldwide system of national mathematical olympiads. The best MO participants comprise the Czech team for International Mathematical Olympiad. It is organized in 8 age categories (on the contrary to the majority of other countries). The test consists of several (three to six, depending on the round and category) problems from various areas of mathematics. Participants solve the problems within a time limit of several hours.

-Web page (in Czech): http://www.math.muni.cz/~rvmo/

-Contact person (secretary): Karel Horák, horakk@math.cas.cz

-Age of participants: 11 – 19 (in 8 age categories)

-Scope: national, international

-Number of participants (together for all categories): approx. 7000 every year.

-Starting year: 1951

Category Z5: Age of participants – 11, two rounds (home and district)

Category Z6: Age of participants – 12 (and younger), two rounds (home and district)

Category Z7: Age of participants – 13 (and younger), two rounds (home and district)

Category Z8: Age of participants – 14 (and younger), two rounds (home and district)

Category Z9: Age of participants – 15 (and younger), three rounds (home, district and regional)

Category C: Age of participants – 16 (and younger), three rounds (home, school and regional)

Category B: Age of participants – 17 (and younger), three rounds (home, school and regional)

Category A: Age of participants – 19 (and younger), four rounds (home, school, regional and national)

2.     Pythagoriada

Pythagoriada is one of the popular math competitions. It is intended for all pupils of the primary school level who are interested in mathematics. Its aim is to increase interest in mathematics in the widest possible number of pupils. Participants solve 15 short tasks within a time limit of one hour. It is organized in 4 age categories, each category has two rounds – school and district.

-Web page (in Czech): http://www.nidm.cz/talentcentrum/souteze-a-prehlidky/pythagoriada

-Contact person: Jana Ševcová, jana.sevcova@nidm.cz

-Age of participant: 11 – 14 (four age categories)

-Scope: national

-Number of participants (together for all categories): approx. 15000 every year

-Starting year: 1978

3.     Kangaroo of Mathematics

Czech Republic is a member of the association “Kangaroo without borders” and takes part in the international Kangaroo contest, for more information see http://www.math-ksf.org/

-Web page (in Czech): http://matematickyklokan.net/

-Contact person: Josef Molnár, josef.molnar@upol.cz

-Age of participants: 8 – 19 (five age categories)

-Scope: international

-Number of participants: more than 300000 (in Czech Republic) every year

-Starting year: 1995 (in Czech Republic)

4.     Náboj

Náboj is an international (Czech and Slovak) mathematical competition designed for teams of five high-school students that represent their schools. The competition lasts 120 minutes during which the teams are trying to solve as many given problems as possible.

At the beginning of the competition each team receives six problems. As soon as the team correctly solves any of the problems it receives a new one. The solutions of the problems are usually numerical. The team that solves most problems correctly in the given time limit wins.

-Web page: http://www.naboj.org/en/about.php

-Contact person: Alexander Slávik slavik.alexander@seznam.cz

-Age of participants: 15-19 (2 age categorie)

-Scope: international (Czech – Slovak)

-Number of participants: 1200 every year

-Starting year: 1998

5.     Pikomat

The organizers are sending problems to primary school pupils by mail. The contestants are sending back their solutions within specified time. There are several series throughout the school year. Each series contains six tasks. At the end of each year's best researchers are invited to several workshops, where they do not only solve mathematical problems, but much attention is devoted to social activities.

-Web page (in Czech): http://www.pikomat.unas.cz/

-Contact person: Jaroslav Zhouf, jaroslav.zhouf@pedf.cuni.cz

-Age of participants: 11-15

-Scope: national

-Number of participants: 10 – 50 every year

-Starting year: 1987

6.     Correspondence Seminar in Mathematics “PIGLet”

In Czech, we call it PraSe - The Prague Seminar in Mathematics, which translates into English as The PIGlet - The Prague International seminar for young Geniuses. The seminar is intended for secondary school pupils in the last four years before their final exams. The PIGlet is organised by students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University (abbreviated as MFF CUNI) in Prague. Traditionally, it used to be open only to students who understood the Czech language; only recently is has been opened also to English speaking students.

The seminar is divided into two parts. Each consists of four series, the topics of which as well as the dates due are known ahead. In addition there is a special ninth series. The problems are assigned in Czech and English. Solutions in Czech, Slovak or English are accepted. Corrected solutions are sent back together with the results. In each of the first seven series, there are eight problems, three easier ones and five more difficult ones, evaluated by more points. From each series only the best five problems determine the final placings. The eighth series contains seven problems, one on each topic of a previous series; all the points from this series count. Each year, between twenty and thirty best participants are invited to two week-lasting camps.

-Web page: http://mks.mff.cuni.cz/info/info_en.php?lang=1

-Contact person: Michal Rolinek, michalrolinek@gmail.com

-Age of participants: 15-19

-Scope: international (Czech-Slovak)

-Number of participants: approximately 100 every year

-Starting year: 1981

There are plenty of other regional correspondence seminars of the same type as PIGlet, e. g.:

7.     Correspondence seminar BRKOS

-Web page (in Czech): http://brkos.math.muni.cz/

-Contact person: Zuzana Komárková, bzzzucik@seznam.cz

-Age of participants: 15-19

-Scope: international (Czech-Slovak)

-Number of participants: 50-200 every year

-Starting year: 1993

8.     Correspondence seminar KoS Severák

-Web page (in Czech): http://www.kos-ujep.estranky.cz/

-Contact person: Vlastimil Chytrý, kos.ujep@seznam.cz

-Age of participants: 15-19

-Scope: regional

-Number of participants: approximately 50 every year

-Starting year: 2001

Société de Mathématiques appliquées et industrielles (SMAI)

-        answered by Maria J. Esteban

-        The SMAI is involved in the following activities aiming at attracting young talents to Mathematics. In general we do it in partnership with other societies or associations. For all these activities the contact person at SMAI is Anne de Bouard <debouard@cmapx.polytechnique.fr>

1.     Enigmath It is about FREE Quizz of Mathematics requiring only basic knowledge. Main objectives are to emphasize to the general public the place occupied by mathematics in our everyday life, and to approach aspects of research in mathematics or linked to mathematics, while allowing participants to assess on questions of simple mathematics.

-Webpage: http://enigmath.org/

2.     salons destinés aux lycéens et étudiants : ADREP, salon de l'Onisep

Participation with a stand in several Open fairs intended for the secondary school students and students

3.     salon "culture et jeux mathématiques”

-Webpage: http://www.cijm.org/index.php?option=com_rd_sitemap&Itemid=128

4.     Brochure explosion des mathématiques

A book edited 10 years ago to explain what mathematics can do when applied to real life. This year we are going to publish another one of these books, together with the SMF, SFdS and the Foundation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris. About 150 pages with articles about applications of mathematics. This send volume will be accompanied by a little flyer to be distributed very largely in fairs and other events + a website dedicated to these activities. The books will be distributed among their members by all associations and unions of teachers in secondary schools in France.

-Webpage: http://smai.emath.fr/spip.php?article121&lang=fr

5.     Brochure "Zoom sur les métiers des mathématiques"

A brochure published with other societies containing the short stories of about 30 people who studied mathematics and now are working in all kinds of companies, etc. It was very largely distributed among high school students all over France with the help of ONISEP, the French agency about training and jobs for young students : http://www.onisep.fr/

-Webpage: http://smai.emath.fr/spip.php?article95&lang=fr

6.     Mathématiciens dans les classes : "Les maths ca sert"

Supported by foundation C.Genial, "Mathematics is useful" is an initiative which consists in bringing the professional users of mathematics (from the engineer to ship captains or nurses to secondary schools with the intention of showing to the students that subjects taught in their curriculum are of a daily use in a certain number of jobs.

-Webpage: http://www.animath.fr/spip.php?rubrique290

Slovak Mathematical Society

-        answered by Roman Nedela

1.     MO Mathematical Olympiad

Competition for elementary school and high school students in solving mathematical problems (and writing down the complete solution, not only result); it is divided into several categories (according to the grade of the students), each category has several rounds (homework, school/district, regional, national), national round is organized only in the highest category.

-Webpage: http://skmo.sk

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 10 - 19

-Scope: national

-Number of participants per year (cca): Homework round: 20000, School and district round: 10000, Regional round: 1000, National round: 40

-Starting year: 1952

2.     výberové sústredenie (Selection Tests)

The top students from national round of MO meet for one week and compete in solving math problems. The IMO and MEMO team is selected among these students.

-Webpage: http://skmo.sk/poradia.php?sutaz=_vyber

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: national

-Number of participants per year: 15 - 18

-Starting year: 1993 (for Slovak republic; similar tests where organized in Czechoslovakia before 1993)

3.     korešpondenčný seminár KMS (Correspondence Mathematical Seminar KMS)

Correspondence competition for high school students in solving math problems. It consists of 3 series of cca. 10 problems (per semester). The best students meet in a camp (duration: 1 week).

-Webpage: http://kms.sk

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: national

-Number of participants per year: 150

-Starting year: 1974

4.     korešpondenčný seminár SEZAM (Seminar of Interesting Mathematics SEZAM)

Correspondence competition for elementary school students in solving math problems. It consists of 3 series of cca. 6 problems (per semester). The best students meet in a camp (duration: 1 week).

-Webpage: http://sezam.sk

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 10 - 15

-Scope: regional / national

-Number of participants per year: 100

-Starting year: 1986

5.     IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad)

International competition for high school students in solving math problems. (Slovakia participated at IMO in every year starting from 1993; before 1993, Czechoslovakia participated in every year from the very first beginning of IMO.)

-Webpage: http://imo-official.org

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: international

-Number of participants per year: 500

-Starting year: 1959

6.     CPS (Czech-Polish-Slovak Mathematical Competition)

Every year at the end of June, the IMO teams of Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia meet to take part in Czech-Polish-Slovak Mathematics Competition. The aim is to prepare the students for IMO. The social aspect is important as well. To simulate the IMO conditions, this competition has two contest days with three problems each day.

-Webpage: http://skmo.sk/poradia.php?sutaz=_CPS

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: international

-Number of participants per year: 18

-Starting year: 2001 (from 1995 to 2000, similar competition was organized with Czech Rep. and Slovakia (without Poland))

7.     MEMO (Middle European Mathematical Olympiad)

International competition for high school students in solving math problems. (Slovakia participated at MEMO in every year starting from 2007, when MEMO starts)

-Webpage: http://skmo.sk/poradia.php?sutaz=_MEMO

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 18

-Scope: international

-Number of participants per year: 60

-Starting year: 2007

8.     Prípravné sústredenia (Training Camps)

Several training camps are organized for the IMO and MEMO teams, as well as for younger students. From 2006, a camp for both Czech and Slovak IMO teams is organized in Czech republic.

-Webpage: -

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: national / international

-Number of participants per year: differing by year, according to the resources (12 to 50)

-Starting year: 1952

9.     ďalšie korešpondenčné semináre (nenaviazané priamo na JSMF) (several correspondence seminars)

the are many correspondence competition (similar to KMS and SEZAM) organized by different organizations.

-Webpages: http://strom.sk, http://pikomat.sk, http://riesky.sk

-Contact person:

- Age of participants: 10 – 19

-Scope: regional / national

-Number of participants per year: cca. 50 - 100 for each competition

-Starting year: 1976

Cyprus Mathematical Society

-        answered by Gregory Makrides, President

1.     MATHEU Project and Courses

MATHEU: Identification, Motivation and Support of Mathematical Talents in European Schools

This is COMENIUS (MP) project developed between 2003-2006 and since 2006 we train teachers with European Funding. The product and the tool developed is a series of topics in mathematics used in Olympiad with the approach of a ladder in terms of level of difficulty. The ladder in difficulty is used for all three factors, identification in terms of examining how far a student can get to and discover a talent, motivation in terms of motivating pupils to reach higher in the ladder and support in terms of providing material to help the pupil reach higher level on the ladder, that is to accomplish more in mathematics.

-webpage: www.math-eu.eu, www.eoc.org.cy

-contact person: MAKRIDES Gregory, project coordinator, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Course organized by the THALES Foundation of Cyprus in cooperation with the European Office of Cyprus

-Age of participants: Teachers teaching pupils of age 9-18

-Scope and Number of participants: European , 800+ teachers trained since 2006

-Courses listed at http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/

-Starting year: Since 2006

2.     EUROMATH annual pupil conference in Mathematics

This is a pupil conference in mathematics that started in 2009 and runs annually since then in different countries: Cyprus, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Sweden. Student are encouraged to present work projects in mathematics , prepare abstracts and full papers for their work. The conference organizers several activities for the pupils depending on the country it runs.

-webpage: www.euromath.org, www.thalescyprus.com

-contact person: Makrides Gregory, Founder and Chair of the Conference, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-The event is organized by the THALES Foundation of Cyprus and the Cyprus Mathematical Society in cooperation with the European Mathematical Society

-Age of participants: 12-18 years old pupils

-Scope and Number of participants: International. Last conference in 2012 has 220 pupils and 40 teachers

-In 2013 the conference will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden

-Starting year: Since 2009

3.     MATH Poster Design Competition

This is a design competition for mathematics poster organized every year in conjuction with EUROMATH conference. The activity attracts the interest of pupils to express their art talent in relation to mathematics.

-webpage: www.euromath.org

-contact person: THALES Foundation, President: Makrides Gregory, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 12-18

-Scope and Number of participants: International

-Starting year: Since 2010

4.     Mathematics Competitions and Olympiads

This is a series of national competitions of mathematics based on which Cyprus reaches the National teams for participating in the Olympiads

JBMO (Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad, age under 15,5)

BMO (Balkan Mathematical Olympiad, age 16-18)

IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad, age under 20)

IMC (International Mathematics Competition, age under 14)

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 9-18

-Scope and Number of participants: National

-Starting year: Since 1983

5.     Mathematics Relay Competition

This is a group competition between schools of grades 7-9 at National level in Cyprus

Three pupils from each grade per school, a team of 9 per school, compete by level , grade 7, then grade 8 and then grade 9, passing the relay each time after solving a math problem. Correctness counts and time counts for the winner to be chosen. 90% of National schools participated in 2012.

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 13-15

-Scope and Number of participants: National

-Starting year: 2007

6.     Annual National Student Conference in Mathematics

Publication of proceedings for the pupils

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory , makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 12-18

-Scope and Number of participants: National, 350 pupils every year

-Starting year: Since 2004

7.     Summer Mathematics School for pupils

This is summer school organized in the month of July every year in a nice Mountain Resort in Cyprus. A four star hotel is fully booked by the Cyprus Mathematical Society in which we accommodate upto 400 pupils every week. Pupils have lessons in the morning in a nearby school and in the afternoon we organize for them athletic games and math competitions with prizes.

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory , makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 12-17

-Scope and Number of participants: National, about 1200 pupils every summer

-Starting year: Since 1992

8.     Mathematics Magazine for pupils : MATHIMATIKO VIMA

This is a pupil’s magazine with articles by teachers and pupils and it is distributed every year in two issues in schools in Cyprus. Since 2011 we publish it only electronically.

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory , makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 12-18

-Scope and Number of participants: National

-Starting year: Since 1988

9.     Mathematics Theatre Competition 2010

This is a competition organized regionally with 13 schools participation as an experiment. There was a lot of interest created under this action with remarkable results. All theatre plays are in video. This activity inspired us to propose the European project Le-MATH approved in 2012 under COMENIUS-MP and described above.

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: THALES Foundation and Cyprus Mathematical Society, www.thalescyprus.com, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory , makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 13-15

-Scope and Number of participants: Regional, 13 schools participated

-Starting year: 2010 only

10.  Kangourou Mathematics Competition - Cyprus

This is the well known Kangourou Competitions in which Cyprus has joined in 2007

-webpage: www.thalescyprus.com

-contact person: Makrides Gregory, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy, makrides.greg@usa.net

-Age of participants: 6-18

-Scope and Number of participants: National

-Starting year: Since 2007

Belgian mathematical societies

-        answered by Francoise Bastin, president

1.     Sponsoring of the math Olympiads

2.     March 2013, Namur

Wide public meeting around the subject of literature and maths (with Cedric Villani and Jaqcues Roubaud)

Finnish Mathematical Society

-        answered by Mika Koskenoja

1.     Mathematics Magazine Solmu

A mathematics magazine given out three times a school year, published both in printed and electronic forms. The main purpose of the magazine is to offer mathematical problems and articles for the students and school teachers interested in mathematics. Moreover, it offers eight stage mathematics diploma programme for comprehensive school pupils.

-webpage: solmu.math.helsinki.fi

-contact person: Marjatta Näätänen, marjatta.naatanen@helsinki.fi

-age of participants: not limited, but mainly 7-20 years

-scope: national

-number of participants: several thousands

-starting year: 1996

2.     Finnish Olympic Training in Mathematics

Training is organized by the Finnish Mathematical Society's Training branch. Its purpose is to encourage and assist talented young to take interest in mathematics. Training is usually organized during weekends and is open for all students in secondary schools. The goal is to teach students mathematics encountered in mathematical competitions (International Mathematical Olympiad, Nordic Mathematical Contest, Finnish National High School Mathematics Competition, etc.), but also to provide them with general mathematical knowledge.

-webpage: http://solmu.math.helsinki.fi/olympia/

-contact person: Matti Lehtinen, matti.lehtinen@helsinki.fi

-age of participants: 15-20

-scope: national and international

-number of participants: 100 per year

-starting year: training has been given a few dozens of years

Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques

-        answered by Joan Solà-Morales, President

1.     Olipíada Matemàtica (catalan level).
It is a contest at the level of Catalonia of the type of the International Mathematical Olympiads. The winners become the Catalan delegation that competes in the Spanish Mathematical Olympiad, organized by the Real Sociedad Matemática Española.
Prior to the written test there is an on-line competition, that helps the possible candidates to get some experience on this kind of contest. Sessions of preparation are also organized around the country. A number of publications with the statements of the problems and their solutions are also prepared and distributed.
-webpage: http://www.cangur.org/olimpiades/47oli/index.htm#fasecat
-contact person: Josep Grané, scm@iec.cat
-Age of participants: 14-18
-Scope: regional (catalan)
-Number of participants: around 150
-Starting year: 1982

2.     Prova Cangur
It is a contest of problem solving, coordinated at the international level with the organization Le Kangorou sans Frontières. The Catalan Mathematical Society is the responsible of the organization in the Catalan language inside Spain. The participation is voluntary. Together with this contest, there are other on-line related competitions like Problemes a l'Esprint and also the Marató de Problemes.
-webpage: http://www.cangur.org/web-nova/
-contact person: Marta Berini, mberinill@gmail.com
-Age of participants : 14-18
-Scope: regional (catalan)
-Number of participants: around 21,500
-Starting year: 1995

3.     ESTALMAT-Catalunya
Saturday activities for some selected young students. The goal is the stimulus of the mathematical talent. This is an activity of the Catalan Mathematical Society in collaboration with FEEMCAT ( http://feemcat.org/) inside the Spanish coordination ESTALMAT-España (http://www.estalmat.org/)
-webpage: http://www.xtec.cat/~mberini/indexcat.htm
-contact person: Marta Berini, mberinill@gmail.com
-Age of participants: 11-13
-Scope: regional (catalan)
-Number of participants: 50
-Starting year: 2003

4.     FEM MATEMÀTIQUES
This is a contest of the type of the Prova Cangur, but directed to younger students. It is not organized by the SCM, but by our close organization FEEMCAT ( http://feemcat.org/)
-webpage: http://phobos.xtec.cat/edumatcat/fem_mates/moodle/mod/resource/view.php?id=211
-contact person: Iolanda Guevara, feemcat@gmail.com
-Age of participants: 11-14
-Scope: regional (catalan)
-Number of participants: around 7,000
-Starting year: 2004

Swedish Mathematical Society

-        answered by Mats Andersson, President, and by Jana Madjarova, president of the committee for the Swedish Mathematical Contest

1.     The Sonya Kovalevsky Days

The Sonya Kovalevsky Days have been arranged by the Swedish Royal Academy of Science annually since the year 2000. The background is that we need more good students entering studies of mathematics at an academic level in Sweden. So we wish to give students some idea of what mathematics is as a research field and as a profession.

Each (senior) high-school in Sweden with a science program is invited to send two students (one male and one female) to attend those days. The upper limit is about 200 students. The goal is to raise the interest in mathematics among these students, to let them listen to enthusiastic mathematicians, to let them meet university students and to talk about what it is like to study mathematics.

The program of The Sonya Kovalevsky Days contains 5-6 lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and other activities during two days. There is also plenty of time for social interactions. The lecturers will have a broad and varied background in mathematics. Most of them will come from Sweden, but at least one will be "international", for example Peter Jones, John Conway, Simon Sing, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Gilbert Strang have given lectures at The Sonya Kovalevsky Days.

-webpage: http://nkmat.kva.se/

-contact person: Ulla Dinger, Department of Mathematics, Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, S-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden, email: ulla@chalmers.se

-Age of participants: Most of the participants are 17 or 18 years old.

-Scope and Number of participants: About 200 national participants.

- Starting year: 2000.

2.     Swedish Mathematical Contest

The contest consists of two rounds: a qualification round, and a final round for the about 20 students with the best results from the qualification round. All schools are welcome to participate in the qualification in September. The students write their papers at their own school (as an exception at another school). The papers are then sent to the contest committee, and graded by the members of the committee during a s.c. marking conference which takes place during a weekend in October. The best 20 students (or thereabout) are invited to participate in the final round in November, at one of the large Swedish universities. Two of the committee members (Jana Madjarova and Victor Ufnarovski) then train the finalists - a correspondence course and a couple of training camps. Around 1 April there is another competition, the Nordic Mathematical Contest, organized in turn by all the five Nordic countries. Around the end of April the team to represent Sweden at the IMO is chosen, based on the results from the Swedish competition, the correspondence course and the NMC.

-webpage: www.mattetavling.se

-contact person: Jana Madjarova, Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

-Age of participants: Normally 18-19; sometimes as young as 14

-Scope: National

-Number of participants: Qualification Round: 800-900; Final Round: 20-24

-Starting year: 1961

Czech Mathematical Society

-        answered by Jan Kriz, Chair of the Committee for talented pupils of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists

1.     Mathematical Olympiad

MO is part of a worldwide system of national mathematical olympiads. The best MO participants comprise the Czech team for International Mathematical Olympiad. It is organized in 8 age categories (on the contrary to the majority of other countries). The test consists of several (three to six, depending on the round and category) problems from various areas of mathematics. Participants solve the problems within a time limit of several hours.

-Web page (in Czech): http://www.math.muni.cz/~rvmo/

-Contact person (secretary): Karel Horák, horakk@math.cas.cz

-Age of participants: 11 – 19 (in 8 age categories)

-Scope: national, international

-Number of participants (together for all categories): approx. 7000 every year.

-Starting year: 1951

Category Z5: Age of participants – 11, two rounds (home and district)

Category Z6: Age of participants – 12 (and younger), two rounds (home and district)

Category Z7: Age of participants – 13 (and younger), two rounds (home and district)

Category Z8: Age of participants – 14 (and younger), two rounds (home and district)

Category Z9: Age of participants – 15 (and younger), three rounds (home, district and regional)

Category C: Age of participants – 16 (and younger), three rounds (home, school and regional)

Category B: Age of participants – 17 (and younger), three rounds (home, school and regional)

Category A: Age of participants – 19 (and younger), four rounds (home, school, regional and national)

2.     Pythagoriada

Pythagoriada is one of the popular math competitions. It is intended for all pupils of the primary school level who are interested in mathematics. Its aim is to increase interest in mathematics in the widest possible number of pupils. Participants solve 15 short tasks within a time limit of one hour. It is organized in 4 age categories, each category has two rounds – school and district.

-Web page (in Czech): http://www.nidm.cz/talentcentrum/souteze-a-prehlidky/pythagoriada

-Contact person: Jana Ševcová, jana.sevcova@nidm.cz

-Age of participant: 11 – 14 (four age categories)

-Scope: national

-Number of participants (together for all categories): approx. 15000 every year

-Starting year: 1978

3.     Kangaroo of Mathematics

Czech Republic is a member of the association “Kangaroo without borders” and takes part in the international Kangaroo contest, for more information see http://www.math-ksf.org/

-Web page (in Czech): http://matematickyklokan.net/

-Contact person: Josef Molnár, josef.molnar@upol.cz

-Age of participants: 8 – 19 (five age categories)

-Scope: international

-Number of participants: more than 300000 (in Czech Republic) every year

-Starting year: 1995 (in Czech Republic)

4.     Náboj

Náboj is an international (Czech and Slovak) mathematical competition designed for teams of five high-school students that represent their schools. The competition lasts 120 minutes during which the teams are trying to solve as many given problems as possible.

At the beginning of the competition each team receives six problems. As soon as the team correctly solves any of the problems it receives a new one. The solutions of the problems are usually numerical. The team that solves most problems correctly in the given time limit wins.

-Web page: http://www.naboj.org/en/about.php

-Contact person: Alexander Slávik slavik.alexander@seznam.cz

-Age of participants: 15-19 (2 age categorie)

-Scope: international (Czech – Slovak)

-Number of participants: 1200 every year

-Starting year: 1998

5.     Pikomat

The organizers are sending problems to primary school pupils by mail. The contestants are sending back their solutions within specified time. There are several series throughout the school year. Each series contains six tasks. At the end of each year's best researchers are invited to several workshops, where they do not only solve mathematical problems, but much attention is devoted to social activities.

-Web page (in Czech): http://www.pikomat.unas.cz/

-Contact person: Jaroslav Zhouf, jaroslav.zhouf@pedf.cuni.cz

-Age of participants: 11-15

-Scope: national

-Number of participants: 10 – 50 every year

-Starting year: 1987

6.     Correspondence Seminar in Mathematics “PIGLet”

In Czech, we call it PraSe - The Prague Seminar in Mathematics, which translates into English as The PIGlet - The Prague International seminar for young Geniuses. The seminar is intended for secondary school pupils in the last four years before their final exams. The PIGlet is organised by students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University (abbreviated as MFF CUNI) in Prague. Traditionally, it used to be open only to students who understood the Czech language; only recently is has been opened also to English speaking students.

The seminar is divided into two parts. Each consists of four series, the topics of which as well as the dates due are known ahead. In addition there is a special ninth series. The problems are assigned in Czech and English. Solutions in Czech, Slovak or English are accepted. Corrected solutions are sent back together with the results. In each of the first seven series, there are eight problems, three easier ones and five more difficult ones, evaluated by more points. From each series only the best five problems determine the final placings. The eighth series contains seven problems, one on each topic of a previous series; all the points from this series count. Each year, between twenty and thirty best participants are invited to two week-lasting camps.

-Web page: http://mks.mff.cuni.cz/info/info_en.php?lang=1

-Contact person: Michal Rolinek, michalrolinek@gmail.com

-Age of participants: 15-19

-Scope: international (Czech-Slovak)

-Number of participants: approximately 100 every year

-Starting year: 1981

There are plenty of other regional correspondence seminars of the same type as PIGlet, e. g.:

7.     Correspondence seminar BRKOS

-Web page (in Czech): http://brkos.math.muni.cz/

-Contact person: Zuzana Komárková, bzzzucik@seznam.cz

-Age of participants: 15-19

-Scope: international (Czech-Slovak)

-Number of participants: 50-200 every year

-Starting year: 1993

8.     Correspondence seminar KoS Severák

-Web page (in Czech): http://www.kos-ujep.estranky.cz/

-Contact person: Vlastimil Chytrý, kos.ujep@seznam.cz

-Age of participants: 15-19

-Scope: regional

-Number of participants: approximately 50 every year

-Starting year: 2001

Société de Mathématiques appliquées et industrielles (SMAI)

-        answered by Maria J. Esteban

-        The SMAI is involved in the following activities aiming at attracting young talents to Mathematics. In general we do it in partnership with other societies or associations. For all these activities the contact person at SMAI is Anne de Bouard <debouard@cmapx.polytechnique.fr>

1.     Enigmath It is about FREE Quizz of Mathematics requiring only basic knowledge. Main objectives are to emphasize to the general public the place occupied by mathematics in our everyday life, and to approach aspects of research in mathematics or linked to mathematics, while allowing participants to assess on questions of simple mathematics.

-Webpage: http://enigmath.org/

2.     salons destinés aux lycéens et étudiants : ADREP, salon de l'Onisep

Participation with a stand in several Open fairs intended for the secondary school students and students

3.     salon "culture et jeux mathématiques”

-Webpage: http://www.cijm.org/index.php?option=com_rd_sitemap&Itemid=128

4.     Brochure explosion des mathématiques

A book edited 10 years ago to explain what mathematics can do when applied to real life. This year we are going to publish another one of these books, together with the SMF, SFdS and the Foundation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris. About 150 pages with articles about applications of mathematics. This send volume will be accompanied by a little flyer to be distributed very largely in fairs and other events + a website dedicated to these activities. The books will be distributed among their members by all associations and unions of teachers in secondary schools in France.

-Webpage: http://smai.emath.fr/spip.php?article121&lang=fr

5.     Brochure "Zoom sur les métiers des mathématiques"

A brochure published with other societies containing the short stories of about 30 people who studied mathematics and now are working in all kinds of companies, etc. It was very largely distributed among high school students all over France with the help of ONISEP, the French agency about training and jobs for young students : http://www.onisep.fr/

-Webpage: http://smai.emath.fr/spip.php?article95&lang=fr

6.     Mathématiciens dans les classes : "Les maths ca sert"

Supported by foundation C.Genial, "Mathematics is useful" is an initiative which consists in bringing the professional users of mathematics (from the engineer to ship captains or nurses to secondary schools with the intention of showing to the students that subjects taught in their curriculum are of a daily use in a certain number of jobs.

-Webpage: http://www.animath.fr/spip.php?rubrique290

Slovak Mathematical Society

-        answered by Roman Nedela

1.     MO Mathematical Olympiad

Competition for elementary school and high school students in solving mathematical problems (and writing down the complete solution, not only result); it is divided into several categories (according to the grade of the students), each category has several rounds (homework, school/district, regional, national), national round is organized only in the highest category.

-Webpage: http://skmo.sk

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 10 - 19

-Scope: national

-Number of participants per year (cca): Homework round: 20000, School and district round: 10000, Regional round: 1000, National round: 40

-Starting year: 1952

2.     výberové sústredenie (Selection Tests)

The top students from national round of MO meet for one week and compete in solving math problems. The IMO and MEMO team is selected among these students.

-Webpage: http://skmo.sk/poradia.php?sutaz=_vyber

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: national

-Number of participants per year: 15 - 18

-Starting year: 1993 (for Slovak republic; similar tests where organized in Czechoslovakia before 1993)

3.     korešpondenčný seminár KMS (Correspondence Mathematical Seminar KMS)

Correspondence competition for high school students in solving math problems. It consists of 3 series of cca. 10 problems (per semester). The best students meet in a camp (duration: 1 week).

-Webpage: http://kms.sk

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: national

-Number of participants per year: 150

-Starting year: 1974

4.     korešpondenčný seminár SEZAM (Seminar of Interesting Mathematics SEZAM)

Correspondence competition for elementary school students in solving math problems. It consists of 3 series of cca. 6 problems (per semester). The best students meet in a camp (duration: 1 week).

-Webpage: http://sezam.sk

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 10 - 15

-Scope: regional / national

-Number of participants per year: 100

-Starting year: 1986

5.     IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad)

International competition for high school students in solving math problems. (Slovakia participated at IMO in every year starting from 1993; before 1993, Czechoslovakia participated in every year from the very first beginning of IMO.)

-Webpage: http://imo-official.org

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: international

-Number of participants per year: 500

-Starting year: 1959

6.     CPS (Czech-Polish-Slovak Mathematical Competition)

Every year at the end of June, the IMO teams of Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia meet to take part in Czech-Polish-Slovak Mathematics Competition. The aim is to prepare the students for IMO. The social aspect is important as well. To simulate the IMO conditions, this competition has two contest days with three problems each day.

-Webpage: http://skmo.sk/poradia.php?sutaz=_CPS

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: international

-Number of participants per year: 18

-Starting year: 2001 (from 1995 to 2000, similar competition was organized with Czech Rep. and Slovakia (without Poland))

7.     MEMO (Middle European Mathematical Olympiad)

International competition for high school students in solving math problems. (Slovakia participated at MEMO in every year starting from 2007, when MEMO starts)

-Webpage: http://skmo.sk/poradia.php?sutaz=_MEMO

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 18

-Scope: international

-Number of participants per year: 60

-Starting year: 2007

8.     Prípravné sústredenia (Training Camps)

Several training camps are organized for the IMO and MEMO teams, as well as for younger students. From 2006, a camp for both Czech and Slovak IMO teams is organized in Czech republic.

-Webpage: -

-Contact person: Peter Novotný <peter.novotny@fmph.uniba.sk>

-Age of participants: 15 - 19

-Scope: national / international

-Number of participants per year: differing by year, according to the resources (12 to 50)

-Starting year: 1952

9.     ďalšie korešpondenčné semináre (nenaviazané priamo na JSMF) (several correspondence seminars)

the are many correspondence competition (similar to KMS and SEZAM) organized by different organizations.

-Webpages: http://strom.sk, http://pikomat.sk, http://riesky.sk

-Contact person:

- Age of participants: 10 – 19

-Scope: regional / national

-Number of participants per year: cca. 50 - 100 for each competition

-Starting year: 1976

Cyprus Mathematical Society

-        answered by Gregory Makrides, President

1.     MATHEU Project and Courses

MATHEU: Identification, Motivation and Support of Mathematical Talents in European Schools

This is COMENIUS (MP) project developed between 2003-2006 and since 2006 we train teachers with European Funding. The product and the tool developed is a series of topics in mathematics used in Olympiad with the approach of a ladder in terms of level of difficulty. The ladder in difficulty is used for all three factors, identification in terms of examining how far a student can get to and discover a talent, motivation in terms of motivating pupils to reach higher in the ladder and support in terms of providing material to help the pupil reach higher level on the ladder, that is to accomplish more in mathematics.

-webpage: www.math-eu.eu, www.eoc.org.cy

-contact person: MAKRIDES Gregory, project coordinator, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Course organized by the THALES Foundation of Cyprus in cooperation with the European Office of Cyprus

-Age of participants: Teachers teaching pupils of age 9-18

-Scope and Number of participants: European , 800+ teachers trained since 2006

-Courses listed at http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/

-Starting year: Since 2006

2.     EUROMATH annual pupil conference in Mathematics

This is a pupil conference in mathematics that started in 2009 and runs annually since then in different countries: Cyprus, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Sweden. Student are encouraged to present work projects in mathematics , prepare abstracts and full papers for their work. The conference organizers several activities for the pupils depending on the country it runs.

-webpage: www.euromath.org, www.thalescyprus.com

-contact person: Makrides Gregory, Founder and Chair of the Conference, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-The event is organized by the THALES Foundation of Cyprus and the Cyprus Mathematical Society in cooperation with the European Mathematical Society

-Age of participants: 12-18 years old pupils

-Scope and Number of participants: International. Last conference in 2012 has 220 pupils and 40 teachers

-In 2013 the conference will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden

-Starting year: Since 2009

3.     MATH Poster Design Competition

This is a design competition for mathematics poster organized every year in conjuction with EUROMATH conference. The activity attracts the interest of pupils to express their art talent in relation to mathematics.

-webpage: www.euromath.org

-contact person: THALES Foundation, President: Makrides Gregory, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 12-18

-Scope and Number of participants: International

-Starting year: Since 2010

4.     Mathematics Competitions and Olympiads

This is a series of national competitions of mathematics based on which Cyprus reaches the National teams for participating in the Olympiads

JBMO (Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad, age under 15,5)

BMO (Balkan Mathematical Olympiad, age 16-18)

IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad, age under 20)

IMC (International Mathematics Competition, age under 14)

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 9-18

-Scope and Number of participants: National

-Starting year: Since 1983

5.     Mathematics Relay Competition

This is a group competition between schools of grades 7-9 at National level in Cyprus

Three pupils from each grade per school, a team of 9 per school, compete by level , grade 7, then grade 8 and then grade 9, passing the relay each time after solving a math problem. Correctness counts and time counts for the winner to be chosen. 90% of National schools participated in 2012.

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 13-15

-Scope and Number of participants: National

-Starting year: 2007

6.     Annual National Student Conference in Mathematics

Publication of proceedings for the pupils

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory , makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 12-18

-Scope and Number of participants: National, 350 pupils every year

-Starting year: Since 2004

7.     Summer Mathematics School for pupils

This is summer school organized in the month of July every year in a nice Mountain Resort in Cyprus. A four star hotel is fully booked by the Cyprus Mathematical Society in which we accommodate upto 400 pupils every week. Pupils have lessons in the morning in a nearby school and in the afternoon we organize for them athletic games and math competitions with prizes.

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory , makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 12-17

-Scope and Number of participants: National, about 1200 pupils every summer

-Starting year: Since 1992

8.     Mathematics Magazine for pupils : MATHIMATIKO VIMA

This is a pupil’s magazine with articles by teachers and pupils and it is distributed every year in two issues in schools in Cyprus. Since 2011 we publish it only electronically.

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: Cyprus Mathematical Society, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory , makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 12-18

-Scope and Number of participants: National

-Starting year: Since 1988

9.     Mathematics Theatre Competition 2010

This is a competition organized regionally with 13 schools participation as an experiment. There was a lot of interest created under this action with remarkable results. All theatre plays are in video. This activity inspired us to propose the European project Le-MATH approved in 2012 under COMENIUS-MP and described above.

-webpage: www.cms.org.cy

-contact person: THALES Foundation and Cyprus Mathematical Society, www.thalescyprus.com, cms@cms.org.cy, President: Makrides Gregory , makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy

-Age of participants: 13-15

-Scope and Number of participants: Regional, 13 schools participated

-Starting year: 2010 only

10.  Kangourou Mathematics Competition - Cyprus

This is the well known Kangourou Competitions in which Cyprus has joined in 2007

-webpage: www.thalescyprus.com

-contact person: Makrides Gregory, makrides.g@ucy.ac.cy, makrides.greg@usa.net

-Age of participants: 6-18

-Scope and Number of participants: National

-Starting year: Since 2007

Belgian mathematical societies

-        answered by Francoise Bastin, president

1.     Sponsoring of the math Olympiads

2.     March 2013, Namur

Wide public meeting around the subject of literature and maths (with Cedric Villani and Jaqcues Roubaud)

Finnish Mathematical Society

-        answered by Mika Koskenoja

1.     Mathematics Magazine Solmu

A mathematics magazine given out three times a school year, published both in printed and electronic forms. The main purpose of the magazine is to offer mathematical problems and articles for the students and school teachers interested in mathematics. Moreover, it offers eight stage mathematics diploma programme for comprehensive school pupils.

-webpage: solmu.math.helsinki.fi

-contact person: Marjatta Näätänen, marjatta.naatanen@helsinki.fi

-age of participants: not limited, but mainly 7-20 years

-scope: national

-number of participants: several thousands

-starting year: 1996

2.     Finnish Olympic Training in Mathematics

Training is organized by the Finnish Mathematical Society's Training branch. Its purpose is to encourage and assist talented young to take interest in mathematics. Training is usually organized during weekends and is open for all students in secondary schools. The goal is to teach students mathematics encountered in mathematical competitions (International Mathematical Olympiad, Nordic Mathematical Contest, Finnish National High School Mathematics Competition, etc.), but also to provide them with general mathematical knowledge.

-webpage: http://solmu.math.helsinki.fi/olympia/

-contact person: Matti Lehtinen, matti.lehtinen@helsinki.fi

-age of participants: 15-20

-scope: national and international

-number of participants: 100 per year

-starting year: training has been given a few dozens of years

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