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Internationale BiologieOlympiade - Deutschland


The German NBO is sending posters and flyers of round 1 as well as leaflets year by year to all schools in Germany, which have a secondary level.

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Distribution of flyers and posters in April before the year of the IBO to the 16 deputies of the federal countries of Germany. Publication of the tasks of the first round in the internet. Distribution of leaflets. Local articles in newspapers about gifted participators or winners of the national competitions.

The main organizer in Germany is the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, authorized by the German Government through the BMBF, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin. The rounds are supported by the German Association of German Competitors (Foerderverein der BiologieOlympiade e.V.).

The selection consists of four rounds:

Round 1: April - September in the year prior to the IBO in the schools of the federal countries. Actually 1.400 - 1.800 students are participating.

Round 2: Oktober - November in the year prior to the IBO in the schools of the federal countries. Up to 650 students selected from round 1 are participating.

Round 3: Five days in the end of February in the year of the IBO. 45 students selected from round 2 are participating in this national round at the IPN in Kiel.

Round 4: Five days in the end of May in the year of the IBO. Up to 12 students selected from round 3 are participating in this national round at the IPN in Kiel. The four best students are selected as the "German Team of IBO".

Round 1: Four complex tasks from different subjects in biology, open to every school student, published on flyers, posters and in the internet. The students can make the tests at home as homework. The school teachers are marking the tests.

Round 2: Theoretical test of 120 min duration at the local school consisting of 40 multiple choice questions (A-Type) and 8 complex questions (B-Type) from all subjects in biology. The deputies of the countries are marking the tests.

Round 3: One theoretical test day of 240 min duration consisting of 80 multiple choice questions (A-Type) and 20 complex questions (B-Type) as well as a practical test day (3 labs of 75 min duration). The tests take place at the IPN in Kiel and the coordinators are marking them together with former competitors.

Round 4: One theoretical test (240 min duration) similar to round 3. Three practical lab-tests. Two of them of 90 min duration. One lab (physiology) of 240 min duration.

A training is organized from the coordinators and former competitors directly or short before the IBO. The training camp takes place in different locations i.e. in Zürich (ETH Zürich, 2014), Kiel (IPN, 2015), Singapur (CSI Singapur, 2016), Mainz (IMB Mainz, 2017). The duration is not longer then 5 days.

Theoretical and practical tests are available through the website of German IBO.

Round 1: Certificates.
Round 2: Certificates and prizes in some federal countries.
Round 3: Certificates, Book coupons. Medals (Gold, Silver. Bronze).
Round 4: Certificates, Prizes.

The four best (German Team) are receiving the support of the German Merit foundation "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes", so that they have all supports for their university studies later on, free entrance and all the costs covered.

Those who didn't reach the final aim were given university summerships or practical courses at universities and famous institutes. 

Television and Newspaper are mostly involved on local or regional level. Reports are published through the IPN website.

1. BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Berlin (Federal Ministry of Education and  Research, Berlin): Support of the whole financial matters.

2. Eppendorf AG. Hamburg: Support with "Eppendorf Day" and printed materials, grafics, T-shirts

3. VBio Berlin, München: Support with books and bio newsletters

4. Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Bonn: Support of the university studies of the four students of the yearly team.

16 Ministries of Education of the Federal Countries of Education of Germany are supporting, which is confirmed by a national-federal Bund-/Laendervertrag. The support consists only of the allowness to carry out the competition in every country - which is not easy in Germany, because every Ministry of Education is allowed to decide independently from national belongings. They are also engaged in the distribution of flyers and posters year by year. This is more worth than additional money, which is already given by the Federal Government.

The national rules are according to international agreements (IBO rules). Some of the main points are the age of the students, the duration of training and content of the tests etc., published in the internet. Responsible is the German coordinator PD Dr. Burkhard Schroeter.

PD Dr. Burkhard Schroeter

Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education(IPN) Olshausenstr. 62 D-24098 Kiel

Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education(IPN)

Total numbers of participators

1990:     11
1991:     16
1992:     42
1993:     21
1994:     19
1995:     46
1996:   139
1997:   597
1998:   852
1999:   469
2000:   505
2001:   531
2002:   607
2003:   702
2004:   931
2005:   812
2006: 1223
2007: 1235
2008: 1347
2009: 1349
2010: 1160

2011: 1058
2012: 1049
2013: 1413
2014: 1447
2015: 1410
2017: 1748
Tot.: 21.359

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by DE_lucius last modified Jul 26, 2017 03:08 PM