The responses about organizing a remote IChO received from the participating countries were rather positive. Fifty out of 61 countries voted for a remote theoretical examination. A good number of additional countries expressed their interest, so from the 78 registered countries a large majority is expected to participate.
The Organizing Committee and the Steering Committee joined forces to make a proposal about how to run the event. The Steering Committee shares the responsibility for organizing a respected examination together with the Organizing and Academic Committees. At our May 1st video conference, the following provisions were accepted. Some details are still being worked on, but we would like to give you as much information as possible as soon as possible.
A formal vote by countries about the necessary changes in the IChO regulations will follow within 10 days.
The theoretical exam will take place on July 25th. Student registration will be accepted until 10 days before the competition.
Starting time is 1 PM Istanbul time for most countries. Exam writing can start between 12-5 PM Istanbul time to accommodate the most distant time zones.
Students will write a paper-based (printed) exam under human supervision. The exam should be video-recorded and the recording shared afterwards or online for review. The answer sheets will be scanned and sent immediately after the exam.
A single location for each national team is planned, but exceptions can be made depending on local travel limitations.
The problems will be discussed and translated by the mentors using online tools in the 48 hours before the exam. Mentors participating in the process are trusted not to have any contact with the competing students.
The event will be one of the International Chemistry Olympiads, IChO2020 Istanbul with a clear indication of the difference (IChO 2020 Remote Theory or a similar modifier used)
The results will be transparently announced according to the IChO rules.
The organizers agreed to forfeit a significant part of the participation fee. We hope that most countries can still pay the smaller fee to contribute to the costs of the Olympiad. However, we are aware that the crisis might cause difficulties with payments, so support will be available to those countries unable to pay their fee. Donations from countries who can afford more are very welcome. Details and the exact sum is being finalized.
Marking by mentors and authors and arbitration are planned.
We expect an online Closing Ceremony.