Szeged to host the 18th Middle European Mathematical Olympiad this year


The 18th Middle European Mathematical Olympiad (MEMO) will be held in Szeged at the end of August this year, expecting around one hundred participants, including sixty competitors and twenty team leaders and their deputies.

The Middle European Mathematical Olympiad is a continuation of the Austrian-Polish Mathematical Competition, which was held twenty-nine times between 1978 and 2006. This year, ten countries will participate in MEMO: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Similar to the International Mathematical Olympiad, each country can send up to six high school students and two team leaders. One of the goals of the competition is to provide as many students as possible with the experience of participating in international competitions.

MEMO consists of both individual and team competitions, each lasting five hours. The problems are “Olympiad” type, typically divided into four areas: algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory. In the individual competition, students solve one problem from each area. The team competition test consists of eight problems, two from each area. The full program lasts a week, including individual and team competitions, excursions, entertainment, and sports activities.

The main organizers of the 18th MEMO are the János Bolyai Mathematical Society and the Bolyai Institute of the University of Szeged. Financial support is provided by the Ministry of Culture and Innovation and the National Excellence Program. More information can be found on the Society’s website.


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