Slovenian Student Wins the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics

A freshman from the University of Nova Gorica took the first place at the 11th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. The contest was held from 12 to 20 November in Thailand.

Aleksej Jurca studies Physics and Astrophysics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The student, who is not yet 18 years old, became the absolute winner of the international Olympiad, in which 220 people took part.

It took Jurca 7 years (instead of 9) to graduate from primary school. He then continued his studies at the Bežigrad Gymnasium. He repeatedly achieved high results at the Olympiads on physics, astronomy and astrophysics as well as at the Olympiad on natural science. In 2016, Aleksej was among the 12 young talents of the country selected within the project held by the Zavarovalnica Triglav insurance company and the POP TV media house.

Besides Aleksej Jurca, two more Slovenes took part in the Olympiad: Luka Govedič (a winner of the Mladi upi 2016 contest) and Marko Čmrlec. Both students received certificates of appreciation. Andrej Guštin and Krištof Skok accompanied the group of students at the Olympiad.