The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) is a competition in which students measure their performance in the processing of theoretical and experimental tasks in the field of chemistry. These competitions promote international relations in the field of school chemistry. In addition, a comparison of certain aspects of school knowledge in individual countries is made possible.
The International Chemistry Olympiad also serves to establish personal relationships between prospective scientists from different countries. Each participating state sends a team consisting of a maximum of four students. Germany has regularly participated in this competition since 1974. Preparation for the International Chemistry Olympiad demands a high level of understanding and interest in chemistry and an outstanding ability to relate chemical subjects with one another as well as with the practical world.
All participants are ranked based on their individual scores and no official team scores are given. Gold medals are awarded to approximately the top 10% of students, silver medals are awarded to approximately the next 20% of students, and bronze medals are awarded approximately to the next 30% of students. The exact number of medals is decided on the blind review of the results. Honorable mentions are awarded to the next top 10% of the participants that do not win a medal. One special award is given to the student that achieves the highest score overall. Two separate special awards are given to the students who get the best score in the theoretical and practical examinations.
These events are also outstanding opportunities for the students to meet people from all around the world who share similar interests, to visit different places, and to get in touch with different cultures. As the aims of the competition establish, the IChO competitions help to enhance friendly relations among young people from different countries; they encourage cooperation and international understanding.
For more information, please refer to the official IChO website here.
As per the requirements of the selection competition for the International Chemistry Olympiad, students must pass several rounds of testing, with tasks that are not only all above the level of school material and curricula but increase in difficulty with each round. Therefore, the process as a whole is highly competitive. That being said, initial participation is open to all enrolled students who have a strong background and interest in chemistry.
There are no fees involved for participating in the selection competition for the International Chemistry Olympiad.
In order to succeed in the selection process for the IChO, participants must be able to handle theoretical and experimental tasks in the field of chemistry with a high level of proficiency. This requires critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as strong mathematical and numerical ability.
The amount of time dedicated to this selection competition is at the own discretion of the participant and is subject to variability depending on the amount of preparation work completed, and the number of rounds they partake in.
Students must apply online within the year prior to the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). Students may find their tasks online - some of which can be marked by a chemistry teacher at the school that they have enrolled in. For subsequent rounds, the results are passed on to one of the deputies of the federal state. In the case of your admission to the final exam, you will be informed by the state representative responsible for your state.