European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad begins in Portorož

Portorož, 14 April - The European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EMGO) is starting in Portorož on Friday, featuring talented young mathematicians enrolled in secondary schools in 56 countries. Slovenia will be represented by eight girls, who will try to improve on a bronze medal score secured last year in Hungary.

The five-day event in the coastal town, whose opening will also be attended by Slovenian President Nataša Pirc Musar, is being organised by the Society of Mathematicians, Physicists, and Astronomers of Slovenia in cooperation with the country's three public universities.

The organisers wrote that in addition to problem solving, the competition aims to send a message to the world about the importance of girls getting involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fields to ensure a quality workforce in the most demanding industries that are driving the world's development.

The competitions feature competitors from around the world. Last year the best overall performance was delivered by students from the US, which had three gold medal and one silver medal score, followed by those from Peru and Australia. Slovenia finished 37th.