Dear Contestants, Teachers, and Members of the International Board,
As the President of the Committee for Astronomy and Space Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences I heartily invite you to the 13th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in Hungary. It is particularly honourable for our country to host and organise this high-standard international contest.
Hungary is a small, but centrally located country in the Carpathian basin in the middle of Central Europe. Hungary has a special language, unique traditions and lovely folklore, all worth to enjoy. Lake Balaton, the Hungarian Sea, is the largest Central European shallow lake. With the surrounding beautiful panorama monadnock hills, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hungary for foreigners.
Along our turbulent history, science and research has been always an important and strong basis of our society. Dozens of world-famous Hungarian researchers and inventors built up innovations and helped to improve our world. Science, intellectual capital, innovation and education are flagship and supported key sectors for us. The mission of young scientists in the next generation is to solve the recent environmental and social problems, and to bring the word towards a livable and meaningful future. The IOAA, via the highest quality junior education, definitely takes an important and founding part in this mission.
As an astronomer toward the end of professional career, I am personally satisified to know that there are numerous would-be astronomers among the participants of the IOAA year by year. For earthlings, Universe is infinite and inexhaustible, so is the choice of research topics for the rising generation.
It is an especial gratification to host and accommodate the national teams from the most various parts of the word. This inclusion of cultural diversity highly increases the value of the Olympiad. I do hope, that besides the personal scientific development and excellent contest results, important and long-living international acquaintanceship and friendships will prove a fruitful and long lasting effect of this Olympiad in Hungary. Welcome to the 13th IOAA!
Prof. Dr. László Szabados
President, Committee for Astronomy and Space Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences