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Bio Olympiad in Denmark

Well-educated young people are urgently needed within the natural sciences, and the Olympiad is therefore an important recurring event that hones the interest of students in biology through competition. Erik Meineche Schmidt, Chair of the Organizing Committee and Former Rector of Aarhus University

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DKK 4 million
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Senior Project Manager, Education & Outreach, Novo Nordisk Foundation

Scientific Athletes

International olympiads are held annually in several natural sciences; secondary students from all over the world compete at solving both theoretical and practical problems.

In 2015, Denmark and Aarhus University will host the International Biology Olympiad (IBO2015). Sixty-five countries are expected to participate in the eight-day competition on 12–19 July. The participants will be young people who have won their respective national competitions, with each country represented by four students. The winners will receive medals and, in addition to the scientific challenges, the students will establish contact with other young people interested in biology from all over the world. The opening, closing and prize ceremonies will take place in Concert Hall Aarhus.

IBO2015 aims to stimulate interest in science, inspire the most gifted students and present Denmark as a well-functioning and attractive country for talented young people interested in biology from all over the world.

The International Biology Olympiad is held annually and rotates among the participating countries. The first International Biology Olympiad was held in 1990 in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

The Board of the Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded a total of DKK 4 million to activities related to the Biology Olympiad 2015 in Aarhus:

  • DKK 1 million to Aarhus University for the holding of the Olympiad; and
  • DKK 3 million to Technical University of Denmark for developing and carrying out the experimental events and for national knowledge sharing and talent development after the completion of the Olympiad to allow adolescents all over Denmark to take advantage of the holding of the Olympiad.

Several other public and private organizations are also contributing to the Olympiad.