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The Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (BAS) participates in the educational activities with school students and young talent through training and work with outstanding students for participation in international olympiads and competitions, through the High Students' Institute of Mathematics and Informatics established in 2000, as well as through training and retraining of school teachers to implement innovative methods in teaching mathematics and informatics.

Members of the IMI staff have taught at 19 national and international training schools, notably the international research school for secondary school students RSI (Research Science Institute), which is held every summer in the U.S. with the joint efforts of the Center for Excellence in Education ( and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). IMI delegates two representatives of the School Students' Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (SSIMI) as participants and a member of the Department of Education in Mathematics and Informatics as a tutor. RSI'2013 saw the participation of Rumen Dangovski and Nikolay Stoyanov (Sofia High School for Mathematics)—both цшер excellent projects in mathematics. Rumen's project was judged the best written presentation of a mathematical project and ranked within the five reports representative of RSI'2013 that will be published in full in the 2013 edition of the Compendium of the RSI. This was yet another indisputable recognition of the Bulgarian school of working with young talent in mathematics and informatics, and in particular of SSIMI.

Members of the IMI staff actively participate in the organisation of competitions and olympiads at national and international level in mathematics, informatics and linguistics: тхе Winter competitions in Mathematics, Informatics and Mathematical Linguistics, Spring tournaments in Mathematics and Informatics, Autumn tournaments in Mathematics and Informatics and Information Technology, Christmas Mathematics tournament, Chernorizets Hrabar tournament in Mathematics and Informatics, and many others.

In 2012, the Bulgarian national teams in mathematics achieved excellent results:

  • at the International Mathematical Olympiad (4–16 July 2012, Argentina) the Bulgarian team won 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze medals and one honourable mention, whereby the gold medallist ranks 17th in the world;
  • at the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (26.04 – 2.05.2012, Antalya, Turkey) the Bulgarian team won 3 silver, 2 bronze medals and an honourable mention;
  • at the All-Russian Olympiad in Mathematics (23–28 April 2012, Smolensk, Russia) the Bulgarian participants won 6 prize certificates (4 corresponding to the results for a silver and 2 for a bronze medal);
  • at the Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (20–25 June 2012, Veria, Greece) the Bulgarian contestants won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

The achievements of the national teams at international competitions in Informatics in 2012 include:

  • International Olympiad in Informatics (23–30 September 2012, Italy) – 1 gold and 2 silver medals;
  • Balkan Olympiad in Informatics (15–19 August 2012, Serbia) – 2 silver and 3 bronze medals;
  • Junior Balkan Olympiad in Informatics (9–15 August 2012, Macedonia),1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal;
  • International Tournament in Informatics, Shumen, Bulgaria, 23–25 November 2012; 4 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals.
  • IMI is at the head of the work with talented school students in linguistics and prepares them for participation in national and international contests. At the Tenth International Olympiad in Linguistics (29 July–4 August 2012, Ljubljana,
  • Slovenia) Bulgaria was represented by two four-person teams. With a total of 131 contestants from 26 countries, the Bulgarian students got 2 first places and 1 third place, as well as 4 honourable mentions.

Scientific support of the activities of the School Students' Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (SSIMI); 16 scholars from IMI participate in the peer review of student projects, judging competition sessions of SSIMI, lecturing at summer research schools for students and teachers and supervision of student projects at these schools.

At the end of 2011 the George Chilikov Fund was set up with a donation of M. Chilikov and I. Baycheva with the purpose of supporting the preparation and participation of national student teams in international competitions and Olympiads. According to the will of the donors, the Fund is managed by IMI—BAS.