British Biology Olympiad
The British Biology Olympiad is open to students around the world. It consists of two one hour multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. This year it took place between 20th - 28th January 2016. 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. 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.
All medal winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Royal Institution on Thursday 7th July.
Team selection for the International Biology Olympiad in Vietnam.
First round - the top Gold medal winners from the British Biology Olympiad will be invited to take a ninety minute written paper between 1st and 3rd March.
Finals - sixteen students will then be invited to the University of Warwick during the Easter holiday (Sunday 3rd April to Wednesday 6th April) to take practical assessments and an additional written paper. Four of them will be selected to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam (Sunday 17th July to Sunday 24th July). Team training will take place in London in the week of the awards ceremony and from Tuesday 12th July at a venue to be confirmed.