Oilimpiad Eolaíochta na hÉireann

The Irish Sciences Olympiad (ISO) is an All Ireland sciences competition for second level students who are under twenty on December 31st of the year of the competition. It is held annually in a three locations; in DCU for students from the Republic of Ireland and in QUB and in UU for students from Northern Ireland. The DCU tests in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are run simultaneously, the QUB  tests in Chemistry and Physics are run simultaneously and in UU a Biology  tests is held. One All Ireland Computer Programming test is held in DCU for all Irish students. The students who take part are nominated by their teachers. The top students in each competition represent Ireland at the annual International Olympiads in Biology (IBO), Chemistry (IChO), Physics (IPhO) and Informatics (IOI).

Click on the web address below of Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Computer Programming for information on each Olympiad

Medal Winners
BIOLOGY

Trophy & Gold

Youngmook Lim

St. Andrew’s College, Booterstown Ave. Dublin 4

Gold

Gillian Crowe

Mount Anville Sec. School,  Mount Anville Rd, Goatstown, Dublin 4

Silver 

James Behan

Hartstown Community School, Hartstown, Clonsilla, Dublin 15

Silver

Jameel Ramia

St. Andrew’s College, Booterstown Ave. Dublin 4

Bronze 

Seamus O’Hanlon

Tarbet Comprehensive School, Tarbet, Co. Kerry

Bronze

Lorraine Healy

Ursaline Convent, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

 

CHEMISTRY

Trophy & Gold

Dermot Gillen

Marist College, Retreat Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Gold

Daniel Quill

St. Michael's College, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4

Silver  

Paul Stewart

Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Silver  

Conor Feely

St. Attracta's Community School, Tubercurry, Co. Sligo

Bronze  

Shane Lyng

De La Salle College, Newtown, Waterford

Bronze

Ciara Ottewill

Institute of Education, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

 

PHYSICS

Trophy & Gold

Michael Moran

St. Jarlath's College, Tuam, Co. Galway

Gold

Ciarán Deasy

Bruce College, St. Patrick's Hill, Cork

Silver

Colin Egan

Clonkeen College, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Silver

Stephen Kerr

Templeogue College CSSp, Templeogue, Dublin 6W

Bronze

Seán Tong

Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Bronze

Mícheál Howard

St. Colman’s College, Fermoy, Co Cork

 

PROGRAMMING

Trophy & Gold

Jared Auty

St. Colman's College, Fermoy,  Co. Cork

Silver

Donncha Carroll

St Brendan’s Community School, Birr, Co. Offaly.

Bronze  

Sam Boles

St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Co. Dublin

Michael A. Cotter, ISO Director, Dublin City University, Dublin 9
michael.cotter@dcu.ie

Irish Biology Olympiad

Irish Chemistry Olympiad

Irish Physics Olympiad

Irish Computer Programming Olympiad

FAQ

 

For information on the Irish Junior Science Olympiad click here

Irish Junior Science Olympiad

 

For information on the Irish European Union  Science Olympiad click here

Irish European Union Science Olympiad

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Irish Senior Science Olympiad?
The Irish Senior Science Olympiad (IrSSO) is a science competition for second level students who are under twenty on December 31st of the year of the competition.

Is it an All Ireland Competition?
It is for second-level students from the Republic of Ireland and from Northern Ireland.

How many science subjects are involved?
Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Computer Programming,

Are there four Olympiads?
The Irish Biology Olympiad,  the Irish Chemistry Olympiad and the Irish Physics Olympiad are held in DCU, QUB and in UU. The Irish Computer Programming Olympiad is held in DCU

Can a student take part in all four?
No, you must chose one

Can a student take part in both jurisdictions?
No

Can a student apply to take part?
No, you must be nominated by your teacher (except in Computer Programming where you apply on-line)

When is it held?
Usually in January or February. The Principal teacher is told

How are the Finalists from the Republic of Ireland selected?
The Principal or Head Science Teacher in the
Republic of Ireland is invited  to nominate the most enthusiastic and keenest student in the school in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (one student in each subject). These students are in addition to the students school who receive a personal invitation based on their Junior Cert results.  More than one student may be nominated in Computer Programming.

How are the Finalists from Northern Ireland selected?
The Principal or Head Science Teacher is asked to nominate the most enthusiastic and keen student in the school.

How do I know if I am a finalist?
The list of finalists is published on this web site on the date which is in the covering letter and on the website.

What do I do if my name is not on the list and I have returned the completed forms?
Email the Team leader immediately

How much will it cost me to take part?
There is no registration fee and no participation fee. The student must pay all his/her own expenses incurred in travelling to and from DCU and any other personal costs incurred, e.g. B&B, meals etc

What kind of test?
The tests are usually Multi Choice Questionnaires (MCQ). The scientific committee may administer additional reasoning test or practical tests.

What standard of science is required to answer the questions?
Honours Leaving Certificate or A Level standard

Is there a practical test/experiment?
Some subjects may include a practical

How long will the tests take?
Approximately three to four hours

What can I take into the examination hall?
Calculator, pen, pencil, eraser, ruler, etc

Can I have past papers?
No

Why not?
Because the style and content of the test changes each year.

Why?
We need students who show flair, creativity and originality

Can I ask for hints or suggestions?
You may ask but we will not and cannot tell you anything about the test 

Why not?
Because if they tell you they will then have to tell everybody else

What do we do when the test is over?
Take a break of approximately one hour. The closing ceremony will then take place.

Must I attend the closing ceremony?
All finalists are requested to and expected to attend the closing ceremony. The certificates will be awarded during the closing ceremony. If you wish to be excused please inform the Director

What do we receive at the end?
All participants will receive a specially designed certificate

Do the winners get medals?
Two Gold, four Silver & four Bronze All Ireland Science Olympiad Medals are awarded in each jurisdiction

Do the medals winners go to the International Science Olympiads?
Not all of them. Four students in each subject represent Ireland at the International Science Olympiads.

Which International Science Olympiads?
IBO, IChO, IPhO and IOI

How are the Irish International Olympiad Team selected?
The medal winners from the RoI and NI  are invited to a final team selection test

Does the team get any special training?
The students do assignments. Failure to complete these assignments will result in removal from the panel list. The team members receive, intensive, residential training course prior to departure to the Internationals

.If selected on the Irish International Olympiad Team will I have to fund myself?
Accommodation and meals during the four-day training programme, flight to and from and accommodation and meals at the Internationals are provided free of charge to the Irish team members.

 

Email any further questions to Michael A. Cotter and they will be added to the FAQ

Michael A. Cotter , ISO Director, Dublin City University, Dublin 9
michael.cotter@dcu.ie