The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a competition for pre-university students which tests their practical and theoretical biology skills.
The competition brings together students from all around the world and tries to both challenge and stimulate their curiosity in the biosciences. It is an opportunity for students to expand their talents.
The IBO was founded in 1989, with the first competition held in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia. Since then, a different country has hosted the competition which takes place in July each year.
Every participating nation sends four students to the IBO, who are the winners of their respective national Biology Olympiads. Up to 70 countries take part in the IBO today.
For more information visit the official website at
Each school is eligible for five free places in the competition. Stepped fees are applied for each additional student entered, up to a maximum fee of £100:
1-5 students registered from a school = free
6-25 students registered = £5 each (max. cost for 25 students is £100)
26 or more students registered = £100 total entry fee
The entry fee for the Biology Challenge 2019 remains at £30 per school for an unlimited number of participants.
Questions were set on topics students are likely to have covered at GCSE and in their first year of A level
a one-hour multiple choice paper to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions
Teachers can register their students from 1st March at: