Iranian Biology Olympiad

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Updated:Monday 13th October 2014

Iranian Biology Olympiad Definition

(Wikipedia) - Iranian Biology Olympiad

Iranian Biology Olympiad (IrBO) is an annual multistage competition for Iranian high school students of the age of 17-18 in the field of biology. The first Iranian Biology Olympiad was launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Iran in 1999. Since then, the four winners of the national competitions participate regularly yearly in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), in which IrBO is a regular member and participant. In Iranian Biology Olympiad individuals compete for their achievements in both theory and practice.

  • 1 Aims
  • 2 History
  • 3 Organization
  • 4 Relation to IBO
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


IrBO tried to challenge and stimulate gifted students to expand their talents and to promote their career as a biologists. IrBO also is focusing on biology as a valuable subject. In offering a wider syllabus than Iranian National Biology Curriculum, it allows gifted students to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognized by the award of medals and certificates. IrBO also takes advantage of the opportunity provided by IBO to promote the syllabuses and educational trends in biology in different countries.


IrBO was found in 1998, when Dr. Mohammad Karamudini, a biology educationist participated in the 9th IBO held in Kiel Germany as an observer from Iran. The first Iranian team participated in the 10th IBO held in Uppsala, Sweden in 1999, in which Iranian students won 2 silver and 1 bronze medals. Here are the results for Iranian team in IBO competitions:

No IBO Host Result
1 10th IBO (1999) Sweden 2 silver and 1 bronze medals
2 11th IBO (2000) Turkey 2 silver and 1 bronze medals
3 12th IBO (2001) Belgium One gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals
4 13th IBO (2002) Latvia 2 silver and 2 bronze medals
5 14th IBO (2003) Belarus 3 silver and 1 bronze medals
6 15th IBO (2004) Australia 1 silver and 2 bronze medals
7 16th IBO (2005) China 3 silver and 1 bronze medals
8 17th IBO (2006) Argentina 3 silver and 1 bronze medals
9 18th IBO (2007) Canada 4 silver medals
10 19th IBO (2008) India 2 silver and 2 bronze medals
11 20th IBO (2009) Japan One Gold and 3 silver medals
12 21st IBO (2010) S. Korea 3 silver and 1 bronze medals
13 22ed IBO (2011) Chinese Taipei 2 silver and 2 bronze medals
14 23ed IBO (2012) Singapore 3 silver and 1 bronze medals
15 24th IBO (2013) Switzerland 2 gold and 2 silver medals
16 25th IBO (2014) Indonesia 1 gold and 2 bronze medals
17 26th IBO (2015) Denmark -
18 27th IBO (2016) Vietnam -
19 28th IBO (2017) United Kingdom -
20 29th IBO (2018) Iran -
21 30th IBO (2019) Hungary -
22 31st IBO (2020) Japan -

IrBO is fully supported by The Ministry of Education, Iran. IrBO National committee is responsible for all theoretical and practical exams and the results. Each student will pass 4 round of exams during the national competitions prior to become a team member. IrBO national committee comprises university professors, biology teachers, experts in science education and previous team members.

Relation to IBO

Dr. Mohammad Karamudini had been International Biology Olympiad coordinator for Iran since 1998. IrBO is running inside the rules and regulations of International Biology Olympiad, and is a regular participant and a member of it. Iran is planning to be a host for International Biology Olympiad in 2018.

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