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British Biology Olympiad

The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is open to students around the world.

The BBO consists of two one hour multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. In 2017, it took place between 20th - 27th January 2017. Every school was able to register two students free of charge with additional student places starting at £10 each up to a maximum of £150 per school if the school enters all its eligible students.

The British Biology Olympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes. It is hoped that competing in the Olympiad will encourage students already interested in this valuable, wide-ranging and rewarding subject to continue their study beyond A-level.

In addition to encouraging and rewarding pupils in their studies the BBO is the first stage in selecting a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). Students can only progress to team selection if they have been studying in a UK school for the two years preceding the IBO. The IBO seeks to challenge by both theory and practical tests some of the top pre-university biology students in the world, with 60 countries taking part. The UK teams have had considerable success at IBO and we are very grateful to BBSRC for its continued support of the UK team's participation.

Team selection consists of a theory paper taken in schools from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd March 2017 followed by the national finals at the University of Warwick from Sunday 9th to Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Awards ceremony

All medal winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in London on Friday 7th July 2017.

Team selection for the IBO 2017 in the UK

First Round - Students competing in the British Biology Olympiad take two sixty-minute multiple choice papers between 20th and 27th January 2017.

Second Round - The top Gold medal winners from the First Round will be invited to take a ninety-minute written paper between 1st and 3rd March.

Finals - Sixteen students will then invited to the University of Warwick between 9th and 12th April, where they will take part in practical assessments and an additional written paper. Four of them were selected to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Warwick, UK (Sunday 23rd July to Sunday 30th July). Team training will take place in London.

News update BBO China
We are now collaborating with ASDAN China to enable more schools in China to take part in the 2017 BBO.