New Zealand International Biology Olympiad


The 2018 NZIBO team are currently in the Great Rift Valley on an Operation Wallacea expedition. The first 5 nights were based in Kisiba, south western Tanzania, helping survey the volcanic crater lakes in the area. The team then moved to the shores of Lake Malawi in Nkhata Bay, where they have been learning to dive. On the final days of the second week the group will be transferred to the Liwonde National Park in Malawi. The Liwonde National Park is the best national park in Malawi and it will give the team the chance to see many of the charismatic megafauna including elephant, hippo and rhino. All students will experience a boat based safari and a vehicle safari with experienced local guides. Incredible!

The team is  Alice Cao, Joyce Chan, Alexander Pentchev, Trulani van der Heyde, and Yang Fan Yun. They are accompanied by team leaders; Shawn Cooper and Penny Daddy. Next year we will be competing in the 30th International Biology Olympiad in Szeged, Hungary. If you want to represent NZ remember the deadline for registration is Friday 3rd August 2018.

NZIBO fosters interest, participation, and excellence in biology through participation of secondary school students in the New Zealand Biology Olympiad Programme. The programme provides University level education in Biology to those students selected to participate in the online tutorial programme.

NZIBO ensures that the students who participate have the necessary knowledge to compete successfully at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) should they be selected to represent New Zealand at this prestigious international competition.

For more information, visit our Programme page.

To register for the 2018/19 programme, visit our NZIBO Registration page .

Latest News

Herald article about Science OlympiaNZ

A lovely article about Science OlympiaNZ which highlights the success of students in all the member organisations including NZIBO. A lovely photo of our gold medallist – Ben. Click here to read

Teacher scholar Michelle Isbister

What an experience! Before I applied for the scholarship, I did not really know anything about NZIBO. The camp let me learn so much and surrounded me with some fantastic people. During the camp I met such awesome people! Students who are going to be New Zealand’s shining biologists and doctors in the near future! …

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Important Dates

  •  Registration for Entrance Exam CLOSES on 3rd Aug 2018
  •  National Entrance Exam for the 2018-19 NZIBO programme on 22nd Aug 2018
  •  Tutorial Programme begins on 26th Sep 2018
  •  Camp Selection Exam on 27th Feb 2019