Doctor of chemical sciences, Matej Huš, is a permanent expert contributor at ATCS in the field of chemistry and chemical science. He works as mentor for EUSO and is a member of this year’s organizational committee at EUSO. We sat down with him to talk about his expectations regarding this year’S EUSO competition, about any perceived changes in quantity and scope of the contestors’ knowledge, as well as about whether the contest prioritises some scientific disciplines over others.
In Huš’s opinion, all three natural sciences - biology, chemistry and physics - receive roughly the same amount of attention at EUSO each year. He did stress though that the organisers are getting better at integrating and designing interdisciplinary assignments every year. “We see more and more assignments which are hard to classify as they require contestants to integrate knowledge from all aforementioned fields. I await this year’s assignments with special impatiance, since the scientific board promised an even stronger interdisciplinary approach,” says Matej Huš. “I am also delighted by the fact that each year the assignments are themed to reflect the host country and this year should be no exception in this respect.”
Huš says chemistry tends to come off as predictable and boring, yet chemical methods and approach in the competition surprise with something new every year. Times when chemistry was little more than titrating and wighing precipitates are lonf gone, according to Huš.
“I am positively surprised by students every year - not only by their knowledge, which is always at a very high level, but also by their inventiveness and team spirit. For many of them, this is the first time they are faced with a difficult scientific problem, in a foreign country, with unfamiliar inventory and unexpected subject. They must must find a way to cooperate as a team of three different personalities. Each and every year they prove they are up to the challenge,” Matej Huš explains with enthusiasm.
“What makes me the happiest is when I see the diverse crowd of young people at the closing ceremony, who in just a week made friends with students from different countries. As they say about every Olmic games: I expect this year’s EUSO to be the best to date,” concludes Huš.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook