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One gold and three silver medals for German team at the 28th International Biology Olympiad in Coventry

31. July 2017
One gold and three silver medals for German team at the 28th International Biology Olympiad in Coventry

The German national team at the 28th IBO in Coventry. LTR: Paul Bunk (Silver), Johannes Gigla (Gold), Rebecca Zierold (Silver), and Jonas Vetter (Silver)

From July 23rd to 30th, 2017 Coventry, Great Britain hosted the 28th International Biology Olympiad.

Johannes Gigla (17) of the Katharineum Lübeck (Schleswig-Holstein), Paul Bunk (16) of the Gymnasium Penzberg (Bavaria), Rebecca Zierold (18) of the Carl-Zeiss-Gymnasium in Jena (Thuringia), und Jonas Vetter (18) of the Humboldt-Gymnasium in Potsdam (Brandenburg) had fought their way through four qualifying rounds and against 1750 competitors onto the national team.

In Coventry they met the other student teams from 68 participating nations.

Three practical complex assignments from the areas botany, biochemistry, and developmental physiology were followed after a day’s rest by a four hour long 100 item written test covering all areas of biology. Like in previous years this test was administered digitally, improving evaluation and eliminating errors in assessment.

The British panel of experts did an excellent job preparing the assignments and the written test covering a broad spectrum within the subjects.

For the representatives of the German panel, PD Dr. Burkhard Schroeter (IPN, Kiel), Dr. Dennis Kappei (University Singapur), Patricia Scholz (University Leipzig), Christina Gebler (Hanau), and Dr. Christiane Mühle (University Erlangen), this year’s Olympiad was of particular interest because since 2016 the newly founded international IBO-Association has its headquarters in Kiel.

The event in Coventry was a great success for Germany, not only for the further progress of the new association but particularly for the four students taking home one gold and three silver medals. This places the German team once again at the top along with the U.S. and several Asian teams.

Special thanks goes to the many volunteers, the Eppendorf Company in Hamburg, the IPN’s biology laboratory, and Dr. Falk Butter of the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz.

More information at: www.biologieolympiade.de and ([Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]).

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