The XXIII International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) press conference

The XXIII International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) press conference was held at the chambers of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science on 2nd October 2018. The aim was to brief on the 23rd International Astronomy Olympiad which is to be held from 6th to 15th of October 2018 in Colombo.

Prof. Chandana Jayaratne the Chair of International Astronomy Olympiad Local Organizing Committee expressed on the on the nature of the program and its expectations on science. Dr. Michael Gavrilov the Chairman of the International Astronomy Olympiad who is now in Sri Lanka to direct the competition aired his views over the aims and history of the International Astronomy Olympiad.

Dr. Chinthaka De Silva the Secretary of the International Astronomy Olympiad local Organizing committee explained its significance over Sri Lanka and the benefits possessed as the hosting country while Mr. Isuru Gunawardhana the coordinator too explained on the activities of the program. Reporters from Derana TV, Hiru TV, Siyatha TV, ITN, FOS Media as well as Leading newspaper representatives were providing the media coverage and the members of the IAO Local organizing committee along with Dr. Hiran Jayaweera and Treasurer Mr. Rushan Abeygunawardana were also present at the press conference.