National and international initiatives to attract talented students to mathematics
Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques

answered by Joan SolàMorales, 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 online 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: 1418
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
online related competitions like Problemes a l'Esprint and also the Marató de
Problemes.
webpage: http://www.cangur.org/webnova/
contact person: Marta Berini, mberinill@gmail.com
Age of participants : 1418
Scope: regional (catalan)
Number of participants: around 21,500
Starting year: 1995
3. ESTALMATCatalunya
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 ESTALMATEspaña (http://www.estalmat.org/)
webpage: http://www.xtec.cat/~mberini/indexcat.htm
contact person: Marta Berini, mberinill@gmail.com
Age of participants: 1113
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: 1114
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) highschool 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 56 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, S412 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
1819; sometimes as young as 14
Scope: National
Number of participants: Qualification
Round: 800900; Final Round: 2024
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/soutezeaprehlidky/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.mathksf.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
highschool 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: 1519 (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: 1115
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 weeklasting camps.
Web page:
http://mks.mff.cuni.cz/info/info_en.php?lang=1
Contact person: Michal
Rolinek, michalrolinek@gmail.com
Age of participants: 1519
Scope: international
(CzechSlovak)
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: 1519
Scope: international
(CzechSlovak)
Number of participants:
50200 every year
Starting year: 1993
8. Correspondence
seminar KoS Severák
Web page (in Czech):
http://www.kosujep.estranky.cz/
Contact person: Vlastimil
Chytrý, kos.ujep@seznam.cz
Age of participants: 1519
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://imoofficial.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 (CzechPolishSlovak Mathematical Competition)
Every year at the end of June,
the IMO teams of Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia meet to take part in
CzechPolishSlovak 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 20032006 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.matheu.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 918
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: 1218
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: 1218
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 1618)
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: 918
Scope and Number of
participants: National
Starting year: Since 1983
5. Mathematics
Relay Competition
This is a group competition
between schools of grades 79 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: 1315
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: 1218
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: 1217
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: 1218
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 LeMATH approved in 2012 under COMENIUSMP 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: 1315
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: 618
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 720 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: 1520
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 SolàMorales, 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 online 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: 1418
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
online related competitions like Problemes a l'Esprint and also the Marató de
Problemes.
webpage: http://www.cangur.org/webnova/
contact person: Marta Berini, mberinill@gmail.com
Age of participants : 1418
Scope: regional (catalan)
Number of participants: around 21,500
Starting year: 1995
3. ESTALMATCatalunya
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 ESTALMATEspaña (http://www.estalmat.org/)
webpage: http://www.xtec.cat/~mberini/indexcat.htm
contact person: Marta Berini, mberinill@gmail.com
Age of participants: 1113
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: 1114
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) highschool 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 56 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, S412 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
1819; sometimes as young as 14
Scope: National
Number of participants: Qualification
Round: 800900; Final Round: 2024
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/soutezeaprehlidky/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.mathksf.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
highschool 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: 1519 (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: 1115
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 weeklasting camps.
Web page:
http://mks.mff.cuni.cz/info/info_en.php?lang=1
Contact person: Michal
Rolinek, michalrolinek@gmail.com
Age of participants: 1519
Scope: international
(CzechSlovak)
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: 1519
Scope: international
(CzechSlovak)
Number of participants:
50200 every year
Starting year: 1993
8. Correspondence
seminar KoS Severák
Web page (in Czech):
http://www.kosujep.estranky.cz/
Contact person: Vlastimil
Chytrý, kos.ujep@seznam.cz
Age of participants: 1519
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://imoofficial.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 (CzechPolishSlovak Mathematical Competition)
Every year at the end of June,
the IMO teams of Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia meet to take part in
CzechPolishSlovak 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 20032006 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.matheu.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 918
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: 1218
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: 1218
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 1618)
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: 918
Scope and Number of
participants: National
Starting year: Since 1983
5. Mathematics
Relay Competition
This is a group competition
between schools of grades 79 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: 1315
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: 1218
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: 1217
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: 1218
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 LeMATH approved in 2012 under COMENIUSMP 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: 1315
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: 618
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 720 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: 1520
scope: national and
international
number of participants: 100
per year
starting year: training has been
given a few dozens of years