The Senior Science Olympiad Programs
The Senior Science Olympiad Program consists of two staged training programs, the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School and the Australian Science Olympiad April Training Camp, aimed to select students to represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads.
Australian Science Olympiad Summer School
Dates: January 2024
Applications by invitation only.
The Australian Science Olympiad Summer School has been a staple of the Australian Science Olympiad experience for over thirty years.
Each year, we invite approximately twenty of the top performing students in each Australian Science Olympiad Exam Discipline (except Junior) to the Australian National University for two-weeks of accelerated hands-on learning.
Students will be exposed to science like never before and will be challenged to learn, adapt and extend themselves in hands-on practicals, challenging theory examinations and in-the-field research.
The Australian Science Olympiad Summer School is held in January each year.
All students who attend the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School are deemed to have the potential to represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads, and four will be selected to attend the Australian Science Olympiad Training Camp.
Application is by invitation only and is based on the student’s Australian Science Olympiad Exam score.
To be eligible to attend the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School, students must:
- Have sat the Australian Science Olympiad Exams.
- Be entering Year 10, 11 or 12 in the year summer school commences.
- Possess Australian citizenship.
- Reside in Australia.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept:
- Students who do not have full Australian citizenship, or are waiting for their citizenship ceremony.
- Students who are younger than sixteen.
Australian Science Olympiad April Training Camp
Dates: April 2023
Application: By Invitation.
The Australian Science Olympiad April Training Camp is the final residential training program for students selected for the International Science Olympiad.
The April Training Camp lasts for one week during the school holidays, and is either held online or at The Australian National University, Canberra.
Students will be notified if they have made the International Science Olympiad team by May 2023.
Applications are made by invite only to exemplary students who attended the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School.
Costs vary each year. Students will be notified of the cost to attend when invitations are sent. Financial assistance is available where students can show financial need.
International Science Olympiads
Dates: July and August 2023.
The International Science Olympiads are the ultimate goal for many science-loving students. The national team is selected from the top performing students from the April Training Camp.
Students who form the official team can expect to travel to Canberra for an official announcement ceremony before travelling to the host country to compete on the international stage.
The process to select the national team takes twelve months; therefore, students who sit the exams in July 2023 will be considered for the 2024 International Science Olympiads.
The locations of the International Science Olympiads in 2023 are as follows:
Biology: 3 – 12 July, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Chemistry: 16 – 25 July, Zurich, Switzerland.
Earth and Environmental Science: Online.
Physics: 10 – 17 July, Tokyo, Japan.
Costs vary each year. Students will be notified of the cost to attend when they are invited to take part. Financial assistance is available where students can show financial need.