IAAC Competition for Students!

The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is an international science competition that enables students from all countries to prove their skills and to unleash their creativity in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. IAAC gives you the unique opportunity to apply your skills to challenging problems. Participants can receive certificates, awards, cash prizes, and global recognition.

In order to participate in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition, you have to be a high-school or university student. Students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate! There are two age categories:

  • Junior: under 18 years on 21. April 2023 (submission deadline)
  • Youth: over 18 years on 21. April 2023 (submission deadline)

Depending on your age category you will have to score more points to qualify for the next round. To solve the problems you should be interested in astronomy, smart, and creative. You should also have a working internet connection to submit your solution online via the submission form: Qualification Round 2023

All participants receive participation certificates. The best students receive the 1. prize, 2. prize, and 3. prize with a cash award of 150 USD, 100 USD, and 50 USD (both for the youth and junior category). Furthermore, the most outstanding participants from each country receive a special national award to honour their excellence. There are also special school awards and awards for ambassadors. You find all information about the many awards that worth over 700 USD in total in in IAAC 2023 information flyer (Download PDF) and on this page: Prizes and Awards

As this is a worldwide competition, the top 3 finishers in both categories (youth and junior) will be recognized. The students must respond to as many of the five questions in the first round, which is free, and submit a PDF document by no later than April 21, 2023, using the submission URL provided.

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