Belgium

„Olympiade de Biologie“

shared membership & team with: Belgium dutch
Belgium

Country coordinator

Name:
Gérard Cobut
E-mail:
Location:
1150 BRUXELLES
Belgium

Hosting institution

Association des professeurs de biologie - PROBIO asbl
Rue Vautier 29
1000, Bruxelles
Belgium


Structure

Appointing institution

Association des professeurs de Biologie - PROBIO asbl

Rue Vautier 29 – 1000 Bruxelles – Belgium

probio.be

Organization & structure

The Biology Teachers association (PROBIO asbl) is the main organizer. It can also count on various Teachers, Universities and Professors.

Tests

We have 3 rounds of tests. Questions are written by a small group of volunteers brought together for this purpose (former teachers, professors, Olympiad managers...). This is done in co-operation with the Luxembourg Biology Olympiad (mix of physical meeting and video-conference).

First round (in schools)

  • Theory only; multiple choice questions

Second round

    Theory only; mix of multiple choice and open questions

Third round

    Theory: mostly open questions

    Practical work: some simple activities

Training

For 10-15 finalists (K-12):

  • two 3-days training camps in March/April
  • one 2-days camp, together with the Luxembourg finalists (in Luxembourg)

For the 2 finalists who will go for IBO:

  • 2-3 days camp either in May, either in July, just before departing to IBO (when applicable)
Study materials

A specific syllabus is published for the 1st. round (based on the main official curriculum). See https://olympiades.be/fr/organisation/infos-programmes/programqualifbio (in French).

Teachers can buy the complete set of questions from the previous National Olympiads (starting 1991, on https://olympiades.be/fr/organisation/infos-programmes/compilquestbio).

Recommended study material is:

  • Content of the Theoretical Part of IBO;
  • Content of the Practical Part of IBO;
  • previous IBO theoretical questions.

We're currently developing a web-based educational platform devoted to Bio Olympiad learning/training.

Education

School year

Begin: September 1st

End: June 30

Biology hours/week

Minimum: 1 hour/week

Maximum: 2 hours/week

Some schools may add some extra biology lessons during the school year, but this only adds small fractions of biology hours/week (absolute max. 2,3 hours/week)

Hours of Classes/week

32 hours/week