Christian Primavera (17) has won a silver medal at the International Physics Olympiad in Zurich. In the Olympiad, 398 secondary school students compete by solving problems in the fields of theoretical and experimental physics. Primavera is the first Dutch person to win silver since 2004.
Christian Primavera is a participant in the U-Talent programme, in which motivated and talented students attend innovative educational courses. “At U-Talent, we get to see a lot of interesting new things, some of which also have to do with physics”, according to Primavera. “It was especially inspiring to see what all is possible.” U-Talent is a collaborative effort by Utrecht University, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and secondary schools to promote innovation in science and technology education.
Four other Dutch students participated in the International Physics Olympiad along with Primavera: Dennis Hilhorst, Xander de Wit, Sasha Ivlev and Bouke Jansen. Each of them earned an honourable mention. “In Zurich, the Dutch team started out by spending a lot of time together”, Primavera explains. “It was a really fun team, so we enjoyed it quite a bit. During the rest of the week, I also got to know a lot of the other contestants during the excursions.”