S’pore to Host Top Biology Contest

S’pore to Host Top Biology Contest

Friday, 25 May 2012

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The Straits Times (Pg B7)

ASPIRING biologists are set to battle it out in a prestigious global contest, which is coming to Singapore for the first time.

More than 260 students from 65 countries will put their knowledge to the test by tackling problems and experiments at the International Biology Olympiad. Held over eight days, the annual event is being organised by the National Institute of Education, the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Biology.

The last time the Republic hosted a major international science competition for secondary students was in 2006, when it organised the International Physics Olympiad. President Tony Tan Keng Yam is patron of this year's contest, the 23rd so far. It will begin on July 8 at Nanyang Technological University. As well as competing for the top honours, contestants and officials will also get to see the city.

On the cards are visits to Marina Barrage, museums and the zoo.

Singapore has been taking part in the competition since 2001.

Its best showing was last year in Taipei, where it finished third behind the United States and Taiwan.

Source: The Straits Times (Pg B7), sph