Becoming a new IBO member

Take part in the premier life science competition! IBO has been growing steadily over the last three decades: Every year, we have candidates that start the process of becoming a new IBO member. IBO members are National Biology Olympiads that represent either countries or regions. Usually, the first step towards becoming an IBO member is to finish setting up the national biology competition or adapt existing competitions to IBO’s rules & guidelines. We are always happy to help!

Membership candidates are then required to attend one IBO without students (observer status) to learn about the event and how to best prepare their students. After approval of a candidate country by IBO General Assembly, the candidates document the eligibility of their national competition. If successful, they can already return with a student team in the following year.

In total, we suggest to calculate ca. 1.5-2 years before your students will enter the stage of an IBO (if your national competition is already set up). If you are interested, please contact us.