German National Team of the International Junior Science Olympiad visits Kiel

November 14th, 2022

The most successful six participants from all over Germany enjoyed a week with a scientific and cultural program in the hometown of the International Junior Science Olympiad selection competition

Due to the current political situation, participation in the international competition, which was to have taken place in Kiev this year, was unfortunately not possible. Instead, the organizers of the IJSO from the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education invited the six most successful from more than 4,000 participants nationwide to Kiel.

At the invitation of the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), they experimented in the laboratory during their week together. They solved tricky tasks and demonstrated manual dexterity in experiments that are actually worked on by participants of the Chemistry Olympiad who are several years older. "We are happy to support the youngest of the six ScienceOlympiads at the IPN. We look forward to seeing some of the students again at the IChO in the future," explains Dr. Frank Witte, managing director of the IChO.

The talented young scientists took part in a workshop on climate prediction and modeling under the guidance of Dr. Joachim Dengg at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Afterwards, Dr. Andreas Villwock answered questions the young scientists had and encouraged them to study in the state capital. The young people also visited the museum of the Danewerk UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Viking trading center of Haithabu. Their team spirit was strengthened during a live escape game.

The national teams of the 2022 International Olympiads in Biology, Chemistry and Physics congratulated the young talents on their success and encouraged them to participate in the other ScienceOlympiads. Many of the young adults had also begun their competitive careers by participating in the IJSO. Soon, they can demonstrate their talent in the laboratory at the EOES (European Olympiad of Experimental Science) selection seminar, when the coveted tickets to Riga are up for grabs.

The new IJSO competition year started on November 1st . Students who will be 15 years old or younger next year can still register for the competition until January 15, 2023 and work on new 1st round tasks under the motto "Tracking down the solution!"

IJSO National Team 2022 (by state)

Vinzent Schultze




Jennifer John

Städt. Louise-Schröder-Gymnasium



Clemens Böke

Städt. Gymnasium


North Rhine-Westphalia

Karl Schomerus




Oskar Meißner




Michael Valler




Background IJSO

The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a nationwide competition for schoolchildren that offers interdisciplinary support for young scientists from grade 5 onwards. The age limit is 15 years. The national selection process, which is conducted by the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, spans four rounds, the fourth of which takes place in a week-long event at the national level. Ultimately, the six best participants nationwide make up the German national team. The international competition consists of two theoretical and one practical team examination and includes tasks from the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The national selection process is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Dr. Felicitas Niekiel (Competition Management)

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