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34th International Biology Olympiad - the Silver and Bronze Ages continue

In Al Ain, on the border with Oman, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this year's edition of the Biology Olympiad was extraordinary in many ways. It was originally scheduled to take place in Russia, but given the circumstances, it was already clear last year, in Yerevan, Armenia, that this would not be the case. At the last minute, with the great efforts of Lenka Libusova (Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, Charles University), the chair of the International Biology Olympiad, a new host country was obtained.
Czech delegation at IBO 2023 in the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Jan Černý


UAE managed to organize the competition in a record time of 11 months, very well - with the contribution of an international team of experts (one of them was Jan Černý, a member of the international advisory board, again from the Faculty of Scien

ce of Charles University). The competition was attended by a record 79 countries, a total of almost 300 competitors - who "did it" in plant molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and evolutionary ethology (topics of practical tasks) and theoretical tasks, most of which could be part of at least the bachelor's exam.

Another interesting circumstance of this year's competition is that the winner of the BiO Central Round, Daniel Čičovský (who was sure to participate in Al Ain because of his victory) gave up his participation (after winning the silver medal last year) in favour of someone else - so that as many competitors from the Czech Republic as possible could experience the unrepeatable atmosphere of the prestigious international competition!

In the International Biological Olympiad, the silver and bronze eras continue. Photo: Jan Černý.

And how did our students succeed, among others, intensively prepared at our faculty during the selection camp? They all won a medal for the tenth time in a row! This year there were two bronze and two silver medals!!! Anežka Zamouřilová, Martin Kubeš, Matěj Pokorný and Šimon Vlach were great!!! The youngest Šimon Vlach was the best in the end and we look forward to a great challenge for him to do even better next year in Kazakhstan!!! But the biggest star of the evening was the mole.

By the way, Dan Čičovský, Anežka Zamouřilová and Matěj Pokorný have been accepted to our faculty for the new bachelor's degree program SCIENCE!!!

More information on the competition website


Published: Jul 14, 2023 10:15 AM

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