The Australian Maths Trust (AMT) has successfully bid to host the 2025 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Melbourne. This prestigious event will be held in July 2025 and involve competitors from over 100 countries converging on the Victorian capital.
Dennis Trewin, Chair of the AMT and former Australian Statistician said: “The Trust’s mission is to help all young Australians realise their potential in problem solving and, like the athletic Olympiads previously hosted in Australia, I hope the 2025 IMO will inspire a new generation to engage in and discover a new passion for mathematical problem solving.”
With the Trust’s bid being accepted for the 2025 IMO, and Sydney hosting the International Congress on Mathematical Education in 2024, Australians will be challenged and inspired by the best mathematical minds in the world over 12 months. In addition to the two days of competition, the IMO participants will have the unique opportunity to meet with their peers, share their perspectives and form networks that will last lifetimes. They will also be exposed to Australia’s mathematical problem-solving traditions, practices and history, which go back thousands of years.
The IMO is the world’s premier pre-tertiary maths contest, aiming to bring young people together from all over the world to enjoy the challenge of mathematics. A team from Australia has participated every year since 1981 and our team regularly places in the top quarter of all competing countries.
This week our team of six secondary students returned from this year’s IMO, held in the United Kingdom, placing 18th among 112 competing countries. Competing among 621 students, Australian IMO team-members William Steinberg (28th) and Hadyn Tang (48th) both received gold medals and in the IMO’s top 50 competitors. James Bang (silver), Preet Patel (bronze), Andres Buritica Monroy (bronze) and Yasiru Jayasooriya (bronze) rounded out the Australians’ impressive medal haul. For detailed results, click here.
“Bringing the IMO to Australia in 2025 will provide an enormous boost to mathematics education in Australia,” said Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee and AMT Board member. “It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Australia’s preeminent problem solvers. Mathematical problem solving is an enviable skill which benefits children throughout their lives, giving them resilience, persistence and the ability to think logically and critically when facing whatever problems life presents.”
The IMO contest is held over two days with each country sending up to six team members to compete. On each day students attempt to solve three problems over four-and-a-half hours. For the competitors, being selected to represent their country at the IMO is the product of months of training and hard work. They represent the best and brightest young mathematical minds the world has to offer. Several former IMO contestants have gone on to win the highest award in the field of mathematics, the Fields Medal, including two Australians, Terence Tao and Akshay Venkatesh.
The Australian Maths Trust last hosted the IMO in 1988, in Canberra.
The Olympiad programs are funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. The Olympiad programs are also supported by the Trust’s National Sponsor of the Australian Informatics and Mathematical Olympiads, Optiver.