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What is the International Geography Olympiad?

The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is an annual competition for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from all over the world. Students chosen to represent their countries are the very best, chosen from thousands of students who participate enthusiastically in their own National Geography Olympiads. The iGeo consists of three parts: a written test, a multimedia test and substantial fieldwork requiring observation, leading to cartographic representation and geographical analysis. The programme also includes poster presentations by teams, cultural exchanges, and time for students to get to know their fellow students and explore the host city.

The aims of the Olympiad are to:

  • stimulate active interest in geographical and environmental studies among young people;
  • contribute positively to debate about the importance of geography as a senior secondary school subject by drawing attention to the quality of geographical knowledge, skills and interests among young people;
  • facilitate social contacts between young people from different countries and in doing so, contribute to the understanding between nations.

The International Geography Olympiads are held under the auspices of the International Geographical Union (IGU), through the IGU Olympiad Task Force. The current members of the Task Force, in alphabetic order, are:

  • co-chair Mrs Susan Lomas OBE, DL (United Kingdom)
  • co-chair Dr Su-Min Shen (Taiwan)
  • steering committee member Professor Alexey Naumov (Russia)
  • steering committee member Ms Li Ling Tan (Singapore)
  • steering committee member Mr Tomasz Sawicki (Poland)
  • steering committee member Dr Dubrayka Spevek (Croatia)
  • current local organiser Dr Lynn Moorman (Canada, 2018)
  • past local organiser Mr Nikola Srzentic (Serbia, 2017)
  • future local organiser Dr Alice S.Y. CHOW (Hong Kong, 2019)

During the 1994 IGU Congress in Prague, geographers from Poland and the Netherlands launched the idea of an International Geography Competition (iGeo) or Olympiad for students between 15 and 19 years of age. The first iGeo was held in 1996 in The Hague, The Netherlands, with five participating countries, the second in 1998 in Lisbon, Portugal, and the third in 2000 in Seoul, South Korea, with 13 teams participating. The 2002 IGU congress in South Africa hosted the fourth iGeo in Durban, with 12 teams participating. Sixteen countries took part in the fifth iGeo in 2004 in Gdansk, Poland. The sixth was in Brisbane, Australia, in 2006 with 23 teams participating. In 2008 in Carthage, Tunisia, 24 teams participated in the seventh iGeo. The 2010 iGeo was in Taipei with 27 teams. At the ninth Olympiad in 2012 in Cologne, Germany, there were 32 teams.

Up until 2012, the Olympiads were held every two years. In the intervening years some regional Olympiads were held. These included the Central European Regional Geography Olympiads, and the Asia Pacific Regional Geography Olympiad held in 2007, 2009 and 2011. The IGU decided to have Regional Conferences every year between the 2012 Congress in Cologne and the 2016 Congress in Beijing. In 2013, 32 teams completed in the 10 International Geography Olympiad at Kyoto, Japan. The eleventh Olympiad was held in 2014 in Kraków, Poland with 36 teams. The twelfth 2015 Olympiad was offered in Tver, near Moscow in Russia. The thirteenth 2016 Olympiad was held in Beijing, China with 45 teams and the 2017 Olypiad was held in Belgrade, Serbia with 41 teams. In 2018, the iGeo will be in Quebec, Canada.

Past Task Force Members

2012/8 - 2016/8
  • co-chair Ms Kath Berg (Australia)
  • co-chair Prof Lex Chalmers (New Zealand)
  • steering committee member Mr Henk Ankoné (The Netherlands)
  • steering committee member Prof Fernando Garcia-Garcia (Mexico)
  • steering committee member Ms Sue Lomas (UK)
  • current local organiser of the year
  • past local organiser of the year
  • future local organiser of the year
2008/8 - 2012/8
  • co-chair Mr Henk Ankoné (The Netherlands)
  • co-chair Prof Joop van der Schee (The Netherlands)
  • secretary Ms Kath Berg (Australia)
  • steering committee member Prof Fernando Garcia-Garcia (Mexico)
  • steering committee member Ms Sue Lomas (UK)
  • current local organiser of the year
  • past local organiser of the year
  • future local organiser of the year
2004/8 - 2008/8
  • co-chair Mr Henk Ankoné (The Netherlands)
  • co-chair Prof Joop van der Schee (The Netherlands)
  • current local organiser of the year
  • past local organiser of the year
  • future local organiser of the year

Past Local Organisers

  • 2017 Belgrade, Serbia: Mr Nikola Srzentic
  • 2016 Beijing, China: Prof Wang Min
  • 2014 Krakow, Poland: Mr Tomasz Sawicki
  • 2013 Kyoto, Japan: Prof Yoshiyasu Ida
  • 2012 Cologne, Germany: Dr Wolfgang Gerber
  • 2010 Taipei, Taiwan: Dr Su-Min Shen
  • 2008 Carthage, Tunisia: Dr Zouhaier Hlaoui
  • 2006 Brisbane, Australia: Ms Kath Berg
  • 2004 Gdansk, Poland: Mr WiesÍaw Kosokowski
  • 2002 Durban, South Africa: Dr Kevin Winter
  • 2000 Seoul, Korea: Prof Doo-il Kim
  • 1998 Lisbon, Portugal: Prof George Camacho
  • 1996 The Hague, The Netherlands: Mr Henk Ankoné

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