(Syllabus) Olympiad: Biology
The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a competition for
secondary school students. Their skills in tackling biological problems, and
dealing with biological experiments are tested. Interest in biology,
inventiveness, creativity and perseverance are necessary.
Every member country sends four student competitors, who are
the winners of the respective national competitions. They are to be accompanied
by two team leaders as representatives of each country.
2. Aims of the IBO
The IBO is a competition for secondary school students who
are interested in biology. In bringing together gifted students, the IBO
challenges, stimulates students to expand their talents, and to promote science
as a career. The objectives of this competition are to:
Stimulate active interest in biological studies;
Promote networking and understanding between biology
Promote and exchange ideas about biology education
The first international biological
competition between Czechoslovakia and Poland from 1985 to 1989 provided ground
for the future IBO proper. The positive experience during international
Olympiads in other natural sciences and mathematics led to the idea of starting
an international biology Olympiad. So UNESCO asked the former Czechoslovakia to
take the initiative. Six interested countries (Belgium, Bulgaria,
Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic, Poland and the Soviet Union) founded
the IBO in 1989 (Prague and Brno) and participated in the first IBO, which was
held in Olomouc in July 1990. Notwithstanding some initial difficulties, this
Olympiad was a great success and it was decided to continue with the IBO. In
subsequent Olympiads the number of participating countries increased rapidly.
Immediately after the first Olympiad, a Coordinating Centre
was established in Prague and every November, a meeting of appointed
coordinators (Advisory Board) assembles in this Centre to prepare new proposals
and improve regulations, the content, and preparations of future Olympiads, etc.
A list of countries involved in the IBO is presented in
2 Structure of the International Biology Olympiad
2.1 Coordinating Centre (CC)
The CC acts as the secretariat of the IBO1 and fulfils the
Provides information for all member countries and related
international institutions (UNESCO, IUBS, etc.)
Coordinates the Advisory Board and the General Assembly,
in a non-voting capacity;
Ensures preparation and distribution of materials to
Promotes contacts with other non-IBO member countries;
Coordinates the invitation of observers from other
non-IBO member countries by the future host country;
Accumulates relevant documentation about the competition;
Registers and updates addresses of coordinators, their
deputies, observers and of institutions taking part in the IBO;
Collects materials and information regarding the IBO and
other biological competitions, including descriptions of National Biology
Olympiads or similar competitions used to select IBO competitors;
Presents a yearly report about its activities and the
financial situation at the General Assembly.
The CC fulfils these activities in collaboration with the IBO
Steering Committee, IBO member countries and other organizations in accordance
with the aims of the IBO. It organizes the annual IBO Advisory Board meeting.
The CC will send an invoice to each country as a PDF by the end of March for
members to pay the IBO membership fee.
Courtesy: Olympiad HBC