About EUSO

The European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO) is a team competition for EU secondary school science students who are 16 years of age or younger on the December 31st prior to the competition. Students born on or after 1st January 1996 are therefore eligible to take part in EUSO 2013. EUSO was founded in 2002 by Mr. Michael Cotter.  He is the President of EUSO, the Director of the Irish Science Olympiad and the treasurer of the International Board of the International Junior Science Olympiad. The first EUSO was held in Dublin, Ireland, in 2003. Since then the competition has been held every year in one of the participating countries: 2004 in the Netherlands, 2005 in Ireland, 2006 in Belgium, 2007 in Germany, 2008 in Cyprus, 2009 in Spain, 2010 in Sweden, 2011 in the Czech Rebuplic and 2012 in Lithuania.

The main objective of the EUSO is to challenge and stimulate gifted science students by helping them to develop their talents and by promoting their careers as scientists. Not only does EUSO provide an occasion for top science students from the European Unionto meet, but it also fosters a positive and high profile image of science and scientists among the wider community.

The students have the opportunity to enjoy a stimulating and varied cultural and social programme during their stay. Nevertheless, the competition is the main event of the Olympiad. The competition consists of two sessions during which the students work in teams of three on a specific subject. The tasks are designed so as to test their skills in tackling science problems and dealing with scientific experiments. A scientific jury, formed by the host country, develops the tasks. The student teams receive all tasks in their native language; the mentors being responsible for the translations.

Objectives and aims of the European Union Science Olympiad

Objectives of the EUSO
  • To challenge and stimulate gifted science students in order to develop their talents and to promote their career as scientists.
  • To provide a valuable experience for students who take part in the International Science Olympiads.
  • To offer the opportunity to compare the syllabi and educational trends in science education within the EU member states, which could help to improve science education at national levels.
Aims of the Competition
  • To select the top young EU science student teams at the annual EUSO.
  • To stimulate the active interest of students in sciences.
  • To promote and reward the pursuit of excellence in scientific endeavour.
  • To foster a positive and high profile image of science and scientists.
  • To encourage an appreciation of the value of science amongst the wider community.
  • To convey to students, schools and the community the importance of advanced study and progressive learning in science.
  • To exchange ideas and materials about science education among EU states.
  • To encourage greater contact and co-operation between secondary school students and teachers from the EU.
  • To prepare EU science students for the International Science Olympiads.