Four students selected to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad 2024

Four students have been chosen to represent the UK at 2024 International Biology Olympiad, taking place in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The students selected are:

  • Joaquin Anjarwalla from Latymer Upper School
  • Nikolaos Argyropoulos from Reading School
  • Poppy Pendergast from Beaulieu Convent School
  • Emily Wong from Colchester County High School for Girls
From left to right, IBO 2024 UK team: Joaquin Anjarwalla, Nikolaos Argyropoulos, Poppy Pendergast and Emily Wong.

The team of four were chosen at the University of Warwick from sixteen finalists (listed below) who were selected from the highest scoring students of the British Biology Olympiad. The students were examined at Warwick on a variety of bioscience skills including micro pipetting, dissection and bioinformatics. These tasks were organised by the university’s School of Life Sciences team and led by Dr Sophie Martucci and Dr Christine Lockey.

Dr Matthew Johnston, UKBC Chair, congratulated this year’s team and thanked the 16 finalists. He also expressed his thanks and gratitude to Dr Martucci, Dr Lockey, and the University of Warwick Life Sciences department for their continued support of the competitions.

The team of four will be flying out to Astana in July for the International Biology Olympiad, now in its 35th year, where they will compete with pre-university students from over 80 countries in a series of practical tasks from Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Animal anatomy and physiology, and written exams.

Congratulations to the 16 Finalists!

Student nameSchool
Jake AndersBishop’s Stortford College
Joaquin AnjarwallaLatymer Upper School
Nikolaos ArgyropoulosReading School
Alexander BrownNorwich School
George ChacksfieldMagdalen College School, Oxford
Frederic FongThe Judd School
Patrick FungCardiff Sixth Form College
Finn GeppertDr Challoner’s Grammar School
Elizabeth LeeKing’s College School, Wimbledon
Poppy PendergastBeaulieu Convent School
Ewan PenhaleQueen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet
Elizabeth TuttNewstead Wood School
Sohan VohraWestminster School
Ben WaldronGeorge Heriot’s School
Emily WongColchester County High School for Girls
Ruizi ZhaoCheltenham Ladies College
16 Finalists listed in alphabetical order

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