Participants of European Physics Olympiad 2017 were greeted by President Kersti Kaljulaid
Estonia was hosting the first European Physics Olympiad. The closing ceremony was in TTÜ at Mektory large hall.
The European Physics Olympiad is a contest for schoolchildren who solve physics problems that require creativity.
The participants included 92 students from twenty countries. Guest speakers at the closing ceremony were Mrs Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia; Ms Ana Godinho, the Head of Education, Communication & Outreach at CERN; Mr Tarmo Soomere, the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences; Mr Renno Veinthal, TTÜ Vice Rector for Research; Mr Robert Kitt, the Head of Swedbank Estonia and a member of TTÜ Board of Governors; and Mr Jaan Kalda, the President of EuPhO (TTÜ).
President Kersti Kaljulaid affirmed that nothing but science can help to keep cool head. „Nothing but seeking truth, based on facts, tests, analysis, applying scientific and critical mind, can protect our societies in this kind of environment,” noted President Kaljulaid and added: “Physics is a powerful science. It creates the protective kind of mind-set – protection against false news and faulty promises. And it also creates new opportunities to live happily ever after on this planet.”
Additional information at EuPhO 2017 website.