Tournament of Towns in Toronto
Tournament of Towns: Mission

Table of Contents: Summer Conference:

The organizers of Summer conferences are the Central Committee of the Tournament, headed by Nikolay Konstantinov, and the Moscow Center of Mathematical Education.

The success achieved in the Tournament serves as the main criterion for the invitation of students. Those who achieved the highest results are invited to the Summer Conference. The invitation is also sent to the winners of other prestigious competitions such as All-Russian and International Olympiads. Thus some students from towns where the Tournament is not held can also come to the Conference.

The group leaders are usually the teachers who organize the Tournament in their own towns. Most of them take part in work of the jury of the Conference. The composition of the jury is not predetermined.

The conferences of the Tournament are unlike the scientific conferences in the usual sense of the word. They do not have plenary lectures, sectional workgroups or even official programs. These conferences are more like some informal gatherings to which the students are invited, along with accompanying teachers. One of the purpose is to give gifted students access to the solution of research problems. That is why the organizers propose very interesting and difficult problems frequently connected with real mathematical research. Even the presentation of the statements of such a problem can take up a whole lecture, and the presentation of its solution will take at least one whole day.

Solving of such problems takes a long time and requires considerable intellectual efforts. So the solving process is rather informal. Usually, several days are given for its attempt, which can either be individual or collaborative. Often, the solution is the consolidated effort of several people working as a group. All the participants of the Conference can enjoy sufficient rest, intensive creative work and interesting contacts.

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Tournament of the Towns is held in Toronto since 1996.
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