Singapore to Host 23rd International Biology Olympiad

Singapore to Host 23rd International Biology Olympiad

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

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SINGAPORE - Singapore will be hosting the prestigious International Biology Olympiad for the first time from July 8 to 15.

Over 260 of the world's most promising pre-university biology students and 182 officials from 65 countries are expected to gather here.

At the competition, students are challenged to work through stimulating and novel biology problems and experiments.

The International Biology Olympiad aims to promote a career in science for talented students and to stress the importance of biology in society.

The event is into its 23rd year.

Singapore was involved in the International Biology Olympiad as an observer country in 2000 and first took part in the competition in 2001, winning two gold and two silver medals.

It came in 3rd out of 39 participating countries, an unprecedented performance for a first-time participant.

The Singapore team is mentored by a team of academics from the National Institute of Education and National University of Singapore, coordinated by the Singapore Institute of Biology.

Singaporean President Tony Tan will open the competition at Nanyang Technological University on July 8.

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