Applications are currently being accepted for the ClimateScience Olympiad for Generation Z in the UK in 2021.
ClimateScience is a global charity creating and providing educational resources on solutions to climate change to 100,000s of people worldwide. At the olympiad, youths will be afforded the opportunity to come up with innovative solutions to the earth’s climate issues.
This exciting event will witness the confluence of young adults; like minds who will rub minds in an innovative effort to find viable solutions to Sustainable Development Goals especially climate issues.
Qualifiers can compete in teams of 2 and can apply together (recommended) or on your own. Individual applicants are matched up with a teammate if they wish. In a qualifier, you choose one of three problem statements to respond to.
To help you prepare, you are told the topics 10 days before the event, but the exact problem statement is only revealed at the start of the actual qualifier event.
Then you have 3 hours to research (with some internet connection) and write essay responses to questions related to the problem statement. Note that in-person qualifiers are organised locally (e.g. at university venues). Online qualifiers are held regionally too and registrations are open until August 1st, 2021.
The top 5% of all qualifier participants advance to the global semi-finals which are held online. Accordingly, semifinalists are invited to a community education program that helps them prepare for the semi-final (and final). Note that this will take place in September 2021.
Depending on the COVID-19 situation in November 2021, the final will be conducted in-person in Glasgow, UK or online. If in-person, finalists will also be invited to the United Nations Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, UK. On top of that, the top 3 teams split the prize pool.
Worth of Award
The ClimateScience Olympiad is worth $10,000 (USD) with
$5,000 for 1st place,
$3,000 for 2nd, and
$2,000 for 3rd.
- Candidates between the ages of 14-17 and 18-25 are eligible regardless of nationality or other factors.
- Both members of a team must be within the same age bracket at the time of application. Plus proof-of-age will be required from everyone who makes it to the semi-finals.
- Both age brackets participate in the same qualifiers, answer the same type of problem statements and are compared only within their age groups.
- This means the two brackets are scored independently and are normalised within each other.
How to Apply
Applications are to be made online via the official website.
Deadline: Registrations are open until August 1st, 2021.