IChO 2021 Japan remote IChO
IChO2021 Japan this Summer to be held Remotely!
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to hold IChO2021 Japan remotely, a decision that has been approved by the International Steering Committee.
Our decision was taken to give top priority to the health and safety of all our young talented students and participants, even at the expense of practical examinations and opportunities for in-person international exchange.
We have learned much from IChO2020 Turkey last year, the first time that the International Chemistry Olympiad had been held completely online. We also pledge to conduct the remote examinations in an atmosphere of justice, fairness and trust, keeping the IChO spirit in our minds.
The dates and approximate schedule have been changed as follows:
July 25 (Sunday): Opening Ceremony
July 28 (Wednesday): Theory Examination
August 2 (Monday): Closing Ceremony
On other days during Remote IChO2021 Japan, we will offer various initiatives for students to create international friendships and become familiar with Japanese culture, in addition to the challenges of the scientific competition. We will prepare VR avatars for all students to facilitate remote networking and to give greater realism to virtual visits to sensitive areas such as the restoration site of an ancient Buddha statue. Realistic virtual visits using 3D photos taken with a 360-degree camera will also be provided to special locations to which access is normally prohibited; for example, SPring-8, the world largest synchrotron radiation facility.
Our invitation letters, including examination guidelines, have just been sent to mentors in our 84 participating countries and regions. We look forward to participation from as many of these as possible.
Look for updated details for Remote IChO2021 Japan on our website: https://www.icho2021.org/icho2021/
On behalf of the members of the Organizing Committee, I look forward to hosting a very successful Remote IChO2021 Japan this summer.
President: IChO Japan Committee
Chairman: Organizing Committee for the 53rd IChO2021, Osaka, Japan
President: Toyota Chemical and Physical Research Institute (Toyota RIKEN)
Honorary Science Advisor of RIKEN
Professor Emeritus Kyoto University