The IMO remains the largest and most prestigious of all of the international olympiads, having grown from the original seven countries to over a hundred. The United Kingdom has participated since 1967 and has played host to the competition on two previous occasions (in 1979 and 2002). We are honoured to be able to invite you to celebrate the diamond anniversary of this incredible event with us and we look forward to welcoming you to Bath.
Bath is a world heritage city renowned for its hot springs, Roman history and Georgian architecture. Home of famous mathematicians Adelard (his translations of Arabic texts on mathematics introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system to Europe) and Geoff Smith (President of the IMO Board since 2014 and recently re-elected to serve a further four year term). Contestants will be based at the University of Bath for the duration. The university campus is situated on a hill above Bath, providing stunning views of the city and surrounding countryside. Contestants will be well looked after, with the dining room, recreational areas and the exam hall all within walking distance of the accommodation.
Members of the Jury will initially be located a short hop across the Severn Bridge in Wales. Wales is the birthplace of the equals sign. First used in a published text in 1557, Robert Recorde coined the use of a matching pair of lines to replace the phrase ‘is equal to’. Mathematicians have saved many millions of hours of time in the years that have followed, for which we are all grateful.
The competition involves teams of up to six contestants sitting two exams on consecutive days. Each exam lasts 4.5 hours and contains three hard problems. Contestants’ scripts are marked over the next few days with each solution (or attempt) being awarded a score out of seven. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to roughly half of the contestants in the ratio 1:2:3. Those not within the medal boundaries, but achieving full marks on at least one problem, are awarded an Honourable Mention.
This unique event brings together the brightest young minds from around the world and represents, for them, the culmination of many years of mathematical endeavour and hundreds of attempts at solving problems. Our aim is to provide contestants with a comfortable environment so that they will be able to give of their best in the exams. We also want all participants to have opportunities to enjoy the company of like-minded young people from around the world and make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Participation in the 60th anniversary celebrations extends beyond those able to attend the IMO. We are making resources available for our Diamond Maths Challenge, a team competition for younger participants. Details will be released soon.
- 10th July: Early Arrival (Leaders)Please check back again for further updates.
- 11th July: Arrival of LeadersPlease check back again for further updates.
- 14th July: Arrival of Contestants and Deputy LeadersPlease check back again for further updates.
- 15th July: Opening CeremonyPlease check back again for further updates.
- 16th July: Contest day 1Please check back again for further updates.
- 17th July: Contest day 2; Leaders move to main sitePlease check back again for further updates.
- 18th July: Coordination, excursions for ContestantsPlease check back again for further updates.
- 19th July: Coordination, excursions for ContestantsPlease check back again for further updates.
- 20th July: Final Jury meeting, excursionPlease check back again for further updates.
- 21st July: Closing Ceremony and farewell partyPlease check back again for further updates.
- 22nd July: DeparturesPlease check back again for further updates.