Welcome! Bienvenidos! International Academic Competitions is delighted to announce the launch of the first ever International Environmental Science Olympiad (IESO) on July 12-22, 2023 in Quito and Tena, Ecuador in partnership with one of the best universities of Latin America, University of San Francisco Quito (USFQ).
IAC has spent the last 13 years organizing competitions in history, geography, political science, and the humanities in over 60 countries around the world! Within the last year, competitions have been held for the first time in languages other than English including Spanish with IAC Ecuador and Polish with IAC Polska! This 2022-2023 academic year also saw for the first time a science bee in the Andean indigenous language of Kichwa in collaboration with the Kichwa Institute of Science, Technology, and Humanities!
IAC Ecuador has worked hard to expand our competitions in Spanish throughout many of the schools of Ecuador and looking forward to expanding to other countries throughout Latin America! Alongside several other projects, IAC Ecuador has valued environmental conservation and education as one of the priorities in developing the human talent of students around the world! In collaboration with top experts from USFQ and other NGOs, we present our inaugural IESO and are working to develop other environmental projects to help conserve the Amazon Rainforest!
With 6 nights in one of the first two ever UNESCO Cultural World Heritage sites, Quito, and 4 nights at the Iyarina Scientific Station, a campus located right at the edge of the vast Amazon Rainforest, students will compete in and learn about all the nuances of environmental conservation and climate change.
Additionally, for those who are interested, an optional tourists extension trip for 5 days will be offered to experience the magical diversity of the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galapagos Islands! From visiting a Galapagos giant tortoise breeding center to playing with Darwin’s finches, you will be immersed in the unique beauty of our planet!
Two age divisions will be offered for middle school students (7th and 8th grade) and high school students (9th to 12th grade) with a cap of 30 students for each division. These students will not only compete on their knowledge of our planet, but also balance the nuances of ecological conservation, socio economic development of indigenous groups, and political action strategies! Mentored by top experts, these participating future leaders will collaborate and develop an understanding of how to save our planet with a final presentation on our big question.