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The International Science Olympiads are a group of worldwide annual competitions in various areas of science. The competitions are designed for the 4-6 best high school students from each participating country selected through internal National Science Olympiads, with the exception of the IOL, which allows two teams per country, the IOI, which allows two teams from the hosting country, and the IJSO, which is designed for junior secondary students. Early editions of the Olympiads were limited to the Eastern Bloc, but later they gradually spread to other countries.[1]


The Olympiads themselves are separate competitions each with its own organising body, even though they are loosely grouped together as "ISOs". The aims of each ISO are to promote a career in science; to challenge the brightest students from around the world; and to compare the various teaching systems of each country. Although the competitions are aimed for secondary school pupils, the standards of the exams are extremely high. In fact, in several countries, achieving a high ranking in any ISO guarantees access to a university of choice and a fellowship.

International Olympiads

  • Science Olympiads are international student competitions. There are international science olympiads to date:
Number Science Symbol Year
Exam Base
1 International Mathematical Olympiad IMO since 1959
2 International Physics Olympiad IPhO since 1967
3 International Chemistry Olympiad IChO since 1968
4 International Olympiad in Informatics IOI since 1989
5 International Biology Olympiad IBO since 1990
6 International Philosophy Olympiad IPO since 1993
7 International Astronomy Olympiad IAO since 1996
8 International Geography Olympiad iGeo since 1996
9 International Linguistics Olympiad IOL since 2003
10 International Junior Science Olympiad IJSO since 2004
11 International Earth Science Olympiad IESO since 2007
12 International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics IOAA since 2007

Asian Olympiads

Number Science Symbol Year
Exam Base
1 Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad APMO since 1989
2 Asian Physics Olympiad APhO since 2000
3 Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad APAO since 2005
4 Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad APIO since 2007
Project Base
1 Euroasia Environmental Project Olympiad INEPO since 2007

European Olympiads

Number Science Symbol Year
Exam Base
1 Balkan Mathematical Olympiad BMO since 1984
2 Balkan Olympiad in Informatics BOI since 1993
3 Central European Informatics Olympiad CEOI since 1995
4 Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad JBMO since 1997
5 European Union Science Olympiad EUSO since 2003
6 International Zhautykov Olympiad in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science IZhO since 2004
7 South Eastern European Mathematical Olympiad SEEMOUS since 2007
8 Junior Balkan Olympiad in Informatics JBOI since 2007
9 Middle European Mathematical Olympiad MEMO since 2007
10 European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad EGMO since 2012
11 European Junior Olympiad in Informatics EJOI since 2017
12 European Physics Olympiad EuPhO since 2017
13 Romanian Master of Mathematics RMM since 2009
14 Romanian Master of Informatics RMI since 2011
15 Romanian Master of Physics RMPh since 2010
Project Base
1 Euroasia Environmental Project Olympiad INEPO since 2007

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