Aussie whiz kids picked to compete at International Science Olympiads

1000-plus students worldwide to test their skills in Covid-safe online competitions

The world’s toughest science competitions for teenagers, the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads, have survived the impact of Covid-19, with 21 Australian students winning selection to represent Australia in biology, chemistry, Earth science and physics.

The Year 11 and 12 students represent 16 schools from SA, QLD, WA, NSW, VIC, NT and ACT. They have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They succeeded against thousands of other students in qualifying exams and intensive training camps, all run remotely, for ultimate selection to the teams.

This year’s teams include two students from Adelaide who represent the strongest participation from South Australia since 1994, the first student from the Northern Territory since 2007, and the first West Australian student to compete since 2016.

Instead of travelling to international competitions this year, the 21 young Aussie Olympians will pit their knowledge and critical thinking skills against more than 1000 of the world’s smartest teenagers from more than 80 countries in online exams and challenges supervised at their school or other approved competition venues.

Year 12 student Olivia Anderson from Darwin High School, who will represent Australia in Earth science, said: “I learned something every day in the Australian Science Olympiad program, and I am excited to be representing Australia and flying the flag for Darwin at the International Earth Science Olympiad.”

“Despite the Covid-19 lockdowns and disruptions over the past year, we have been able to roll out our Australian Science Olympiad program via remote learning, which has allowed us to put more students than ever through the challenge and pace of high level Olympiad training,” said Ruth Carr, Executive Director, Australian Science Innovations.

Australia’s International Science Olympiad programs are run by not-for-profit Australian Science Innovations.

International Biology Olympiad

19 to 22 July 2021

Maya Anderson Year 12 Sydney Girls High School NSW
Jackson Fu Year 12 North Sydney Boys High School NSW
Audrey Sutidjan Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Lior Yoffe Year 12 Baulkham Hills High School NSW


International Chemistry Olympiad      

25 July to 2 August 2021

Oscar Dong Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Austin Lin Year 11 Barker College NSW
Vincent Ng Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Keith Wong Year 12  Perth Modern School WA


International Earth Science Olympiad

25 to 30 August 2021

Olivia Anderson Year 12 Darwin High School NT
Hayden Greer Year 12 Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) QLD
Frances Kan Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Anna Kremer Year 11 Sydney Girls High School NSW
Ryan Liu Year 12 Glenunga International High School SA
Jonathan Purcell Year 12 John Monash Science School VIC
Sharlyn Tan Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Alexandra Vickery Year 12 Narrabundah College ACT


International Physics Olympiad

17 to 25 July 2021

Dhruv Hariharan Year 12 Knox Grammar School NSW
James Monro Year 12 Canberra Grammar School ACT
Raymond Trinh Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Yalun Yang Year 12 Queensland Academy for Health Sciences QLD
Rune Chi Zhao Year 11  St Peter’s Collegiate Girls School SA



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