International Geography Olympiad
The International Geography Olympiad (iGeO) is an annual competition for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from National Geography Olympiads. The competition consists of three parts: a written test, a multimedia test and a substantial field work exercise. iGeO tests the abilities of every participants in spatial patterns and processes. It is about frontiers, centers and peripheries, about tourists, terrorists and refugees, about trade of food, clothes, drugs and digital data, about population growth, El Niño, tsunamis and earthquakes, etc. The International Geography Olympiad is organised by the International Geographical Union (IGU) Olympiad Task Force.
Since 2012, the competition has been held annually, rather than biennially.
During the 1994 Congress of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in Prague, people from Poland and the Netherlands launched the idea of an International Geography Competition (iGeo) or Olympiad for students between 15 and 19 years of age. The first one was held in 1996 in The Hague, Netherlands, with five participating countries. The participant count grew to 24 countries with the 2008 competition in Carthage, Tunisia.
At the most recent iGeo, held in Kraków, Poland in August 2014, there were 36 participating countries. Thailand, Argentina, Armenia and Switzerland also had representatives present as official observers, with an aim to participate in future Olympiads. The 2015 iGeo will be held in Moscow and Tver in Russia and the 2016 iGeo will be held in Beijing, China.
Aims of the International Geography Olympiad
- To promote geography.
- To stimulate understanding between young people.
- To stimulate a higher quality of school geography worldwide.
Host Countries and Champions
|Year||Host country||Host city||Champion|
|2014||Poland||Kraków||USA James Mullen|
|2013||Japan||Kyoto||Singapore Daniel Wong|
|2012||Germany||Cologne||Singapore Samuel Chua|
|2006||Australia||Brisbane||Poland Jacek Próchniak|
|2000||South Korea||Seoul||Poland Adam Biliski|
|1996||Netherlands||The Hague||Belgium Steven Pattheeuws|