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International Science Olympiads

The International Science Olympiads are the Olympic Games for science students.

Each year Australia sends teams to compete in the Asian Physics Olympiad, International Biology Olympiad, International Chemistry Olympiad, International Earth Science Olympiad and the International Physics Olympiad.

Hosted by a different country each year, these intense competitions see top performing secondary students from around the world compete in practical and theory exams.  Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to individuals based on their exam results. The competitions are overseen by an international governing body and are UNESCO sanctioned.

In addition to being academically challenging, the experience gives students the opportunity to make new friends from around the world and experience different culture.

In 2017 the International Science Olympiads will take place in the following locations:

Asian Physics Olympiad – Yakutsk, Russia, 01-09 May
International Biology Olympiad -Coventry, United Kingdom, 23-30 July
International Chemistry Olympiad – Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, 6-15 July
International Earth Science Olympiad – Côte d’Azur, France, 22-29 August
International Physics Olympiad – Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 16-24 July

Those attending the International Biology Olympiad are encouraged to take part in a video competition.

Competing at the International Science Olympiads is a huge head-start in launching a science career. Back in Australia, team members find themselves targeted for prestigious university courses, prizes, scholarships and internships.

You can follow the progress of the Australian Science Olympiad team on Facebook.

For more information go to frequently asked questions FAQs

Who can take part?

To be selected for an International Science Olympiad team students must perform well in one of the four Australian Science Olympiad Exams and attend the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School.


Each team member will be asked to contribute $2,400 to help cover the cost of international flights, accommodation, meals, training and registration.

What others have said

“The Olympiad taught me to think hard and deeply about problems and to work at understanding problems from first principles. I really think the Olympiad helped to lead me into a research career.”

“It has stopped me going crazy with boredom in the final years of high school and really showed me to feel accepted socially.”