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Biology Olympiads

Calling Singapore's top Biology students!   The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is an annual event where students from around the World compete in a gruelling test of their skills in tackling biological problems and biological experiments. The Singapore Institute of Biology, with the support of the Ministry of Education, National University of Singapore and the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University selects and trains our best junior college students for this challenge.

Singapore Biology Olympiads

The Singapore Biology Olympiad (www.sibiol.org.sg/ibo/) has been an annual event since 2000. Each year, several hundred of our top biology students from junior colleges take an intial theory test, from which perhaps several dozen students are shortlisted to take the practical test. Those emerging tops after these two rounds are awarded medals.

However, being a medallist at SBO is merely the first step in the selection towards representing Singapore at the IBO! Selected medallists are interviewed and a final shortlist undergo an intensive training programme by dedicated academics from NUS and NIE. Eventually, a "Final Four" and one reserve are chosen to form the Singapore Team. Then it's off to the IBO!

International Biology Olympiads


In bringing together gifted students, the International Biology Olympiads (www.ibo-info.org) tries to challenge and stimulate these students to expand their talents and to promote their career as a scientist, so biology talents do not get lost. The Olympiad also is focussing on biology as a beautiful and valuable subject. Many biological topics like ethology and ecology stress the importance of biology for society, especially items such as nature preservation and/or environmental protection.

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Since the first IBO in 1990 where just 6 founding countries from Eastern Europe participated, participation in the IBO has grown significantly to 50 countries (in 2005) and looks set to continue growing. The aims of the IBO are to stimulate active interest in biological studies by the creative solution of biological problems, to promote exchange of ideas and materials about biology education, to promote regular international contacts and establish friendly relations among young people from different countries and thus to stimulate cooperation and understanding between nations.

IBO Results

Tabulated below are results for the Singapore team since we first began participating in the IBO in 2001. Singapore has consistently done well every year.

IBO Year Host City Team members (School) Medals (Overall Rank) Country ranking
12th 2001 Brussels, Belgium Mr Wei Yifeng (ACJC)
Mr Teo Shiyi (RJC)
Ms Pricilla Ng (RJC)
Ms Melissa Fullwood (RJC)
Gold (10)
Gold (16)

Silver (26)
Silver (27)
3rd of 38
13th 2002 Jurmala-Riga, Latvia Mr Ng Shuh Chang (RJC)
Ms Huang Mingyan (RJC)
Mr Jonathan Chia Wei Zhong (RJC)
Mr Chia Sheng Zhi (RJC)
Gold (12)
Gold (13)

Silver (31)
Silver (34)
4th of 40
14th 2003 Minsk, Belarus Ms Shirleen Soh Ying Qi (VJC)
Mr Hong Enping (RJC)
Mr Ho Jiang Hai (HCJC)
Mr Chew Guo-Liang (ACJC)
Gold (7)
Silver (18)
Silver (25)
Silver (32)
5th of 41
15th 2004 Brisbane, Australia Mr Lim Tse Yang (RJC)
Mr Brandon Seah Kwee Boon (ACJC)
Mr Huang Weixin (HCJC)
Ms Zhang Tianyi (RJC)
Gold (1)
Gold (4)

Silver (32)
Silver (48)
2nd of 40
16th 2005 Beijing, China Mr Ng Sheng Rong (HCJC)
Mr Chen Shiwei (HCJC)
Mr Colin Teo Guoxuan (RJC)
Ms Mabel Ang Yen Lin (RJC)
Gold (12)
Silver (23)
Silver (31)
Silver (47)
6th of 50
17th 2006 Rio Cuarto,
Mr Huang Kee Wui (ACJC)
Mr Justin Wee Liang Yi (RJC)
Mr Alfred Seng (HCI)
Mr Tay Rong En (RJC)
Gold (12)
Gold (17)

Silver (36)
Silver (48)
5th of 49
18th 2007 Saskatoon, Canada Mr Mayank Soni (RJC)
Mr Gary Soh Hui Ming (ACJC)
Mr Ian Wee Liang En (HCI)
Mr Tan Yong Zi (HCI)
Silver (26)
Silver (27)
Silver (43)
Silver (60)
9th of 55
19th 2008 Mumbai, India Mr Men Yifei (RJC)
Mr Joshua Sng Weirong (HCI)
Mr Timothy Lim Min De (ACS(I))
Mr Kevin Choy Chi Chuen (ACS(I))
Gold (5)
Gold (15)

Silver (28)
Silver (32)
5th of 55
20th 2009 Tsukuba, Japan Ms Dong Yangzi (HCI)
Mr Tan Wei Han (HCI)
Mr Yuan Chengxiang (RJC)
Ms Ang Qi Yan (HCI)
Gold (1)
Gold (3)
Gold (14)

Silver (44)
3rd of 56

Upcoming IBOs

  • 21st IBO, Changwon, Korea (11 - 18 July 2010) www.ibo2010.org
  • 22nd IBO, Chinese Taipei (10 - 17 July 2011) www.ibo2011.org
  • 23rd IBO, Singapore (July 2012)


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