International Biology Olympiad Held in S'pore for First Time
Monday, 09 July 2012
SINGAPORE : The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is being held for the first time in Singapore.
The event, which is being held from July 8 to 15, will see students working through biology problems and experiments.
Two hundred and thirty-six of the world's most promising pre-university biology students and 205 officials from 59 countries are expected to take part in the event.
The IBO was officially opened by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is also Patron for the IBO 2012 Singapore.
The competition is in its 23rd year.
It aims to encourage talented students to pursue a career in science, and stresses the importance of biology for society.
The practical and theoretical tests will be conducted at the National Institute of Education (NIE).
Students participants will be housed at the National University of Singapore (NUS), while jury members and officials will stay at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
The IBO 2012 Singapore is organised by a team of professors and staff from the NIE at the NTU, and the Department of Biological Sciences at the NUS, and other staff members from various departments in NTU and NUS.
Source: Channel NewsAsia, mediacorp