About UKBC

Success at the International Biology Olympiad

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 United Kingdom has taken part in every International Biology Olympiad since 1998. Every team member has won a medal.

In 2017, we hosted a hugely successful IBO at the University of Warwick.

UKBC holds the United Kingdom’s seat in the IBO’s governing body. Any British students wishing to participate at the IBO should compete in the British Biology Olympiad.

Medals achieved by different UK teams


Countries participating in the International Biology Olympiad (in dark green).

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(21st February 2021)