Vlaamse Biologie Olympiade
One common poster for the Flemish Natural Sciences Olympiads (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography)
The Natural Sciences Olympiads (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography) are coordinated by a University Coordination centre (printed matter, inscriptions, sponsor hunting, website, markings, final rounds…)
Each section has his own organizing committee and working groups and takes independently care of his flyers, inscriptions and tests.
The Biology Olympiad is organized in three rounds. The pre-selection takes place in January on line in the participating schools for a 2700 (in 2016) participants (six formers + a minority of the 5th year). The 200 best students are selected for a second round.15-20 finalists are selected to follow a 4 day training during Easter holidays. They pass a final test, the 3th round, in May. The 2 best of this final test are selected for the IBO.
- pre-selection (Jan.): 45 multiple choice questions/ 3 hours
(model questions available on the website)
- second round: students have to study a biology course, followed by a written test of different types of questions
- final test (April): theor. and practical test + oral exam/1 day
4 days during Easter holidays at Universities + Natural Sciences Museum. Covers topics which are not or poorly covered by school curricula
A general syllabus is published by the organizing committee
Prizes are diplomas and science books.
No money, no medals.
No specific access to anything (university or so) is linked to this ‘graduation’.
Limited to some daily newspapers.
The result of the NBO (laureates) is published in local newspapers.
Most important support comes from the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Community + some money from the Brussels Regional Government.
Limited private sponsoring.
Financial support for organization of national Olympiad and participation to the International Biology Olympiad
Flyer with general information, rules, procedure and content of the test is available in Dutch (see also website).
- first round: 2700 participants: 200 candidates selected
- second round: 15 finalists selected
- third round: 2 laureates selected for IBO
(detailed report on the 12th IBO Belgium July 8- 15, 2001)