International Biology Olympiad -2013

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is an international competition for secondary school students which is hosted every year by  IBO member and takes approximately one week.
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24th International Biology Olympiad in Bern
The exams focus on:
  • The skills in dealing with biological problems.
  • The ability to tackle biological experiments.
    For a successful performance interest in biology, inventiveness, creativity and perseverance are necessary.
The aims of the IBO are:
  • To challenge and stimulate students to expand their talents and to promote their career as scientists.
  • To promote the dialog between students, teachers and scientists from all over the world.
  • To promote cooperation in scientific education and to offer the opportunity to compare the syllabuses and educational trends in biology around the globe.
Who can participate?
All secondary school students (aged between 14 and 19) that are not yet enrolled at a university or a similar educational institute can participate. As the winners of the National Biology Olympiad, the four best qualify for the International Biology Olympiad.
The Biology Olympiads cover the complete range of modern biology, from disciplines as different as biochemistry to ethology or ecology. However, the exams will focus on molecular and medical biology. Hence, two thirds of the exams consist of questions from the fields of molecular, cellular or evolutionary biology, genetics, or physiology.
The exams will cover a broad spectrum of biological disciplines, from anatomy to zoology. The main focus will be on molecular and medical biology.
The participants are competing in two challenging exams:
a practical exam on Tuesday, July 16 and a theoretical exam on Thursday, July 18.
I) The theoretical exam will consists of about 100 multiple choice like questions and take place in two parts of 3 hours each.
Topics Percentage
1 Animal anatomy and physiology 25%
2 Cellular, molecular and microbiology 20%
3 Genetics, population genetics and evolutionary biology 20%
4 Plant anatomy and physiology 15%
5 Ecology 10%
6 Ethnology 5%
7 Systematics 5%
II) Practical Exam
The practical exam consists of four exams, each taking 1.5 hours. The general topics of the exams held at the IBO 2013 will be:
  • Comparative and Functional Biosystematics
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Plant Ecology and Physiology
  • Evolutionary Ethology
Exam Papers: 
Theory Exam: IBO 2010/ IBO 2009/ IBO2008/IBO 2007
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