Norway

„Biologi-OL“

Norway

Contact data

Country coordinator

Name:
PhD student Synne Bjørnestad

Hosting institution

Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo
Blindernveien 31
0371, Oslo
Oslo, Norway


Structure

Appointing institution

Department of Biosciences,

University of Oslo

Postbox 1066 Blindern

0316 Oslo

www.mn.uio.no/ibv/om/biologi-ol/

Organization & structure

We collaborate with the other Olympiads (Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Informatics) to inform the high schools about the Olympiads. An email is sent out to the headmaster of each high school.

We also inform about Biology-OL through Social media and emails directly to biology-teachers.

Information is also available on our website and Facebook

The Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, is the main organizer of NBO. NBO consists of three rounds arranged on different dates through the school year.  The third and final round is held at the Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo.

Dates:

1st round: The schools chose one day in week 40-42, 2020

2nd round: 27. January 2021

3rd round: 22-26 March 2021

All high school students in Norway may participate in the first round. The 50-100 best from round 1 will participate in round 2. The 16 best from round 2 will be invited to IBV for a 4 days training camp before the final round is held in the end of those days.

Number of students in first round

Statistics over the year

2017: 53 schools are participating, number of students participating 757.

2018: 71 schools are participating, number of students participating 1082.

2019: 71 schools are participating, number of students participating 990.

2020: 76 schools are participating, number of students participating 1052.

Tests

A group consisting of NBO organizers and scientific staff at the Department of Biosciences (IBV), University of Oslo, makes all exam questions. A biology teacher on each participating school acts as a contact person for the representative school and is responsible for carrying out the two first rounds of the Olympiad. The third and final round is held at the Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo.

Where the tests consist of:

1st round: Multiple choice

2nd round: Multiple choice and short answer questions

3rd round: Multiple choice

Training

The 16 best students will get a 4 days training camp at the University of Oslo based on theoretical syllabus of the IBO.

The 4 winning students will get a 2-3 days practical training camp before going to IBO.

Study materials

At the moment we do not have specific study material for NBO. However, we recommend that students read former IBO exams, high-school textbooks (Bios1 and 2 or BI1 and BI2) and University textbooks such as Campbell Biology.

During the 3rd round the students get a timetable with an overview of the specific topics, that they can use to further prepare for the NBO. 

Awards & prizes

The award prizes are diplomas.

The winning students will get a free trip to IBO.

No specific access to University is linked to NBO.

Education

Type of students

All high school students in Norway may participate in the first round.

It is free for students and schools to participate in NBO. 

School year

August - June

Biology hours/week

Minimum: 0 hours

Maximum: 4-5 hours a week.

Hours of Classes/week

Minimum:

Maximum: 40 hours a week

Public Relations

Promotion

Media coverage

We are hoping on getting media coverage from newspapers, the University homepage and social media. We update our website and our Facebook-group

Promotion contact

The NBO coordinator.

Statistics over the year
  • 2020: 1052 students from 76 schools (0% of eligible schools)
  • 2019: 990 students from 71 schools (0% of eligible schools)
  • 2018: 1082 students from 71 schools (0% of eligible schools)
  • 2017: 747 students from 53 schools (0% of eligible schools)
Media coverage

Information about the Biology Olympiad is sent out to all high schools in Norway. We promote the competition on our web page and from our Facebook group. There have been reports in local newspapers about students that have managed to get a spot in the final round.