This Olympiad is one of the most prestigious and massive competitions of schoolchildren in chemistry all over the world. 135 schoolchildren from 22 countries took part this year: Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Croatia. The national team of Russia included 10 winners and winners of the All-Russian Olympiad of schoolchildren in chemistry.
The participants competed for the title of the best young chemists. Traditionally, the Mendeleev Olympiad is held in three rounds: two theoretical and one practical, including tasks on the sections of inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry.
At the closing ceremony on April 28, the names of the winners were announced. Russia won the first place as a team, winning 7 gold and 3 silver medals.
In 2018, RUDN was chosen as the main operator of the final stage of the All-Russian Olympiad of schoolchildren, organizing 24 subject Olympiads, preparatory training and participation of the Russian team in the international stage.
On February 19, in 2017, Nikolai Sergeyevich Prostakov would have turned 100 years old.
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2 March, RUDN chose the King of Africa or Mister RUDN Association of African students – Zim Sankvella (SAR), first-year student of the Agrarian and Technological Institute who won over students from Cameroon, Chad, Namibia, Angola, Ethiopia and SAR. Vice-Mister was Binga Medesh (Angola), third place was taken by Naftalu Kuume (Namibia).