Australia’s newest International Science Olympiad competitors revealed

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Australia’s newest batch of Olympiad stars will be announced on Monday 19 June at Australian Parliament House – and every one of them is still in high school.

Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ed Husic MP, will announce the names of 21 of the nation’s brightest young scientists who are limbering up to compete in the International Science Olympiads over the next few months.

Representing 21 schools from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, the high school students will compete in Olympiad events across disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. They’ll pit their skills against more than 1,010 students from 102 nations across the globe.

To win a coveted spot representing Australia in the world’s toughest science competitions for students, the young competitors took part in a rigorous qualifying process including extension programs and exams run by not-for-profit organisation Australian Science Innovations (ASI).

This year’s Olympiad stars include Jason Dunn from Sydney Science College who will represent Australia in the International Biology Olympiad in the United Arab Emirates. Jason’s sister Manjekah competed for Australia in the same event in the 2014 International Science Olympiads.

Starters from regional Australia include International Biology Olympiad competitor Alex Park from Victoria’s Werribee High School and International Earth Science Olympiad team member Sydney Richter from Cairns State High School.

Three of the students who have won a place on the Australian Olympiad science teams have progressed through the Junior Science Olympiads, a feeder program into the senior competitions launched in 2020.

“The Junior Science Olympiads provides a new avenue for us to capture the attention of our most talented students at a young age and nurture their skills and enthusiasm. We’re not only creating a pipeline of Olympiad stars but helping secure Australia’s future by identifying, encouraging and supporting those who may go on to become our leading scientists and problem solvers,” Australian
Science Innovations Chair Anna Davis said.

“Good science is central to solving every social and economic issue we face today. Among this year’s Olympiad competitors are students who’ve told us they want to cure Alzheimer’s Disease, solve clean energy and climate tech challenges, promote ocean and Antarctic health and explore the intersection of engineering and space. They’re an amazing bunch of individuals and every one of them deserves their place on the Olympiad team. We can’t wait to celebrate their success.”

International Biology Olympiad team

Competing in the United Arab Emirates, 3-11 July 2023

Jason Dunn NSW Sydney Science College
James Johnson VIC Haileybury College
Angus Kiang NSW Smith’s Hill High School
Jonghyeon (Alex) Park VIC Werribee Secondary College


International Chemistry Olympiad team

Competing in Switzerland, 16-25 July

George Chen NSW Shore School
Kevin Lin NSW Knox Grammar School
Hanlin (James) Liu NSW Sydney Grammar School
Bobby Wu NSW Normanhurst Boys School


International Earth Science Olympiad team

Competing online, 20-26 August 2023

David Brown TAS Launceston Christian School
Seth Cahill NSW Chatswood High School
James Ferry NSW St Aloysius’ College
Henry Morgan ACT Brindabella Christian College
Sydney Richter QLD Cairns State High School
James Strickland NSW St Aloysius’ College
Penny Tassicker TAS Marist Regional College
Cathy Zhang NSW James Ruse Agricultural High School


International Physics Olympiad team

Competing in Japan, 10-17 July 2023

Kelvin Chan QLD QLD Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology
Liam Chen VIC Scotch College
Susan He NSW James Ruse Agricultural High School
Douglas Joshi VIC Balwyn High School
Alastair Murphy VIC Trinity Grammar School Kew


Congratulations to all students who have made the teams. We wish them all the best as they represent Australia at the 2023 International Science Olympiads.