Take part in the competition

We are a passionate group of young people devoted to sharing the joy of thinking through organizing various events targeting students with mathematical talent. One of these events is our annual Dürer competition where teams of 3 take part. We are happy to announce that this year the two most challenging categories (E and E+) are being opened internationally.

Dürer is a traditional proof-based competition, where the teams have 3 hours to solve 5 problems.
In Hungary the competition is held in 4 categories, of which the most challenging one (E+) is designed for competitors who actively take part in olympiad training. In this category, most teams include a student who has taken part in an international olympiad (IMO, MEMO, EGMO, RMM), or is about to qualify for one in the same academic year. Category E is most suitable for competitors with no experience in olympiad maths.

This is a unique competition with many original problems and is an excellent opportunity for students to practice and further their experience while working as a team. This is the spirit in which we have been organising the contest for 14 years. The competition attracts more and more students and schools each year. In the 2020-21 academic year, approximately 700 students competed in the four high school maths categories.

We would like to invite teams of 3 high school students (they might attend different high schools). The deadline for applications is 5th November 23:59 CET, you can apply via an official location or by filling out the application form. The competition is held on 12th November at 14:00 CET. The problems will appear on our website (https://durerinfo.hu) in English and the teams will have time to submit the solutions via e-mail until 18:30 CET (in English, scanned in legible quality or typed). After the solutions are marked the teams will receive an online certificate.

We invite schools and other institutions to apply as an official location, in this case feel free to contact us.

The problems from last year’s competition are available in English on our website at https://durerinfo.hu/problems/. The participation is free of charge.

If you have any questions, check our Q&A below or contact us at durerinfo@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the International Dürer Competition

Under what conditions can we sit the competition?
In Hungary, the students sit the contest under supervised conditions, which means e.g. that the supervising teachers monitor them to make sure they do not use any written or electronic aids. As we do not currently have the capacity to supervise the contest elsewhere, the international competition will only be held as an unofficial contest. This means that students can sit the competition under any conditions and at any location, including at home. We strongly suggest that the competing teams not use any written or electronic aids.

What restrictions are there on the team members?
In Hungary, the students compete in teams of 3, where at least one of the members must be a girl, and it is not allowed for all three members to be in the final year of high school. Even though we cannot check if the teams entering the international contest satisfy these restrictions, we strongly suggest that they comply with them.
How many rounds are there?
There is only one round in the international contest. At the moment, our plan is that only the regional round will be available in English at the time of the competition. But we also plan to make problems of the final round available later.
What rewards can we get?
Teams entering the international contest will be sent a certificate (containing their result) via email.
Can we enter the competition officially?
Due to the pandemic this year there is no possibility to participate officially (by coming to Hungary).
Can we compete in other categories?
At the moment the only categories that are open internationally are E and E+, but we are planning to expand this in the coming years.

Official locations

Any school or institute can apply as an official location. Please contact us at durerinfo@gmail.com.

The organizers of that location can decide whether they want to translate the problems to their language or keep it in English.

  • In case it is English, we offer to mark the papers of the teams applying from Europe.
  • For teams outside of Europe we will organise foreign marking teams. A marking scheme will be sent to them in order to keep marking consistent.
  • If the location decides to translate the problems, we will send the problems in advance to allow time for translation. After the competition they will also receive the marking scheme and will have to mark the papers themselves.

Due to the expected significant rise in the number of competing teams and since our resources are finite, in case we receive too many applications we cannot guarantee that we will be able to mark all papers. Therefore we are asking all locations to organise the marking for themselves if possible.

We will send certificates electronically to every participating team about their place in that location. They will also see their result compared to all other (including Hungarian) competitors too.

If your team wants to take part in the competition at an official location, please write an e-mail to the location.

The current official locations: