Important Dates for your Diary:

6-13 July 2014 IBO in Indonesia
8 August 2014 Registration closes for national entrance exam
20 Aug 2014 National entrance examination 
15 Sept 2014 Tutorial programme begins
25 Feb 2015 Selection Exam for Practical Training Camp
6-14 Apr 2015 Practical Training Camp
12-19 July 2015 IBO in Denmark



We hope you will find this site informative, up to date, relevant, and that it will answer all your questions regarding the NZIBO and its activities. If you have any questions please contact the appropriate committee member, as listed on the NZIBO Committee Page.

The function of this front page is to highlight up coming initiatives, bring to your attention things of which we are proud and to generally provide a snapshot of activities that have or are about to take place. It is our intention to update this front page regularly.

Registration for the NZIBO 2015

Registration to participate in the NZIBO 2015 is closed.

Blog to help prepare for IBO Competitions

blogspotA blog has been prepared by a former participant of two International Biology Olympiads from Lithuania. It has been created to help young and enthusiastic students to prepare for their national biology olympiad and IBO. See here.


IBO Video Competition

For the fifth year in a row the IBO organisers are holding a video competition to promote the IBO. This year the Indonesian organizers of IBO 2014 have chosen 'Biodiversity and me' as the topic of the video. You can find the announcement and the rules of the competition on the Indonesian IBO website and on the official information IBO website. Students selected to attend the training camp and those representing New Zealand at the IBO are invited to participate in the competition. Please share your ideas on our facebook page.

Dannevirke prodigy reaps what he sows

StuartCurranStuart Curran is one of the world's brightest biology students, but is proud to call Dannevirke home. Stuart, 18, head boy at Lindisfarne College in Hastings, has just returned from the International Biology Olympiad in Switzerland with a bronze medal - won in tough competition against 240 competitors from more than 60 countries. Winning his bronze medal, Stuart was the first-placed New Zealander and was just one place away from taking out a silver medal. Read the full story here...

Swiss Success

2013winnersAt the 24th International Biology Olympiad, in Bern Switzerland, the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad  team of David Chou (Macleans College), Stuart Curran (Lindisfarne College), Gillian McNaughton (Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu), and Evelyn Qian (Diocesan School for Girls) each won a Bronze medal. With 241 students from 62 countries competing, team leaders Dr Heather Meikle and Mr Richard Hendra commended the team on their Swiss Success in such an academically challenging event. Extremely innovative and well organised, this was the first International Biology Olympiad where students entered their answers on tablets and not on paper. The team has thoroughly enjoyed meeting jurors and students from around the world, visiting Bern, learning to carve wooden cows and to play the Alpenhorn.
left to right - David Chou (Macleans College), Evelyn Qian (Diocesan School for Girls), Stuart Curran (Lindisfarne College) and Gillian McNaughton (Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Video of the entire amazing week - our IBO 2013
Facebook page for the IBO 2013
Final rankings for the IBO 2013
Link to scores for each participant in the IBO 2013

NZIBO Alumni

Each fortnight we'll upload a story highlighting the fantastic achievements our alumni have reached after participating in the NZIBO.

BenKornfield...... while for many of those who do the NZIBO, biology will form an integral part of future studies, for many of us it will not. Yet the other skills, such as academic confidence, drive to be the best and passion for learning and competition persist for all of us - and that is certainly what I got out of my experience as part of the NZIBO......Read Ben Kornfeld's full story.

Read more stories from alumni in our Alumni Archive.


Stuart Curran to face tough test at Bio Olympiad

StuartCurranThe head boy of Lindisfarne College is one of four students from around the country to join the New Zealand biology team travelling to Switzerland for the International Biology Olympiad. Stuart Curran, 17, last year sat an entrance exam comprising about 70 people, all attempting to make it to the 24th hosting of the event between July 14 and 21 in Bern.

"I had to complete online assignments on a weekly basis over the summer holidays and once a month submit a big overall topic assignment," he said.He was selected in the top 22 in the exam which resulted in him travelling to Waikato and Massey (Albany) Universities to complete a 10-day training camp. Read more from the Hawkes Bay Today newspaper article....

NZIBO 2015

Now's the time to start thinking about the team to represent New Zealand at the 2015 International Biology Olympiad in Denmark 12-19July 2015. Important dates for the diary are:

2014 IBO in Indonesia 6-13 July 2014
Registrations close for the national entrance exam 8 August 2014
National entrance examination  20 August 2014
Tutorial programme begins 15 September 2014
Camp Selection Exam 25 February 2015
Practical Training Camp 6-14 April 2015
2015 IBO in Denmark 12-19 July 2015

We encourage you to register for the national entrance exam. See here.

International Biology Olympiad

More on the IBO can be found here.

Archived material from previous years

Can be found here.