Portuguese chemistry students shine in international competition

Portugal achieved the best result ever at the Ibero-American Chemistry Olympics, having won two gold, one silver and one bronze medals.

The XXIV edition of the Ibero-American Chemistry Olympics took place from 9 to 15 September, organized by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, in collaboration with the Portuguese Chemistry Society. Delegations from 17 countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay, and Venezuela –, in a total of 59 students, gathered to test their knowledge on both a theory and a laboratory test, each lasting five hours.


The Portuguese delegation consisted on students André de Sousa Guimarães, from Externato Marista de Lisboa, Armando L. M. Gomes Teixeira, from E.S. de Ermesinde, Diogo Mendes Sampaio, from Colégio do Ave, and Paulo M. Teixeira Cortesão, from E.S. Infanta D. Maria, and mentors João Pereira and Vasco Batista, from the University of Aveiro. André and Armando each won a gold medal, Paulo won a silver medal, and Diogo won a bronze medal, in what was Portugal's best ever result in this competition.


Portugal hosted for the second time an edition of the Ibero-American Chemistry Olympics, after first welcoming it in 2006, in the city of Aveiro.