Indonesia took part in the 9th
International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) in Poços de
Caldas, Brazil. Ninety-five students participated in the Olympiad, which took
place on 13-20 September 2015.
Indonesia’s team for the 9th
IESO was seen off by the Minister for Culture and Education. The 4 high school
students and 4 officials in the team were: Abdel Hafiz from State High School 1
in Padang, Jason Hartanto from High School 1 in Sidoarjo, Nanda Adi Kurniawan
from State High School 3 in Malang, and Ryan Setyabudi from State High School 2
in Purwokerto, Drs. Zadrach L. Dupe, MSc from Bandung Institute of Technology’s
meteorology department, Dr. Salahuddin Husein from Gadjah Mada University’s geological
engineering department, Dr.rer.nat. M. Ikbal Arifyanto from Bandung Institute
of Technology’s astronomy department, and Mr. Heri Fitrianto from the Ministry
of Culture and Education.
IESO participants must tackle 67
questions in theoretical test, and 5 practical tests in various subjects which
included geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography and hydrology, as well
as astronomy. There was also a team challenge, in which the participants are
divided into 12 groups. Each group then took part in 2 challenges, namely
International Team Field Investigation and Earth Science Project.
Abdel Hafiz won 1 gold medal,
Jason Hartanto and Ananda Adi Kurniawan each won 1 silver medal, and Ryan
Setyabudi won 1 bronze medal. Their achievement contributed to Indonesia
winning the third-place trophy in the 9th IESO. Japan will host the
next IESO in 2016.