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Swiss Biology Olympiad
University of Bern

Bio Video Competition

Winning Video of the IBO 2013 in Bern

About the Competition

Students, are you in love with biology? Or with your pets? Do you talk daily to your house plants? Do you sleep with your biology books? Do you want to share your passion for biology? Try it out!

Participate in the Bio Video Competition: You and your team could be awarded in the IBO 2013 closing ceremony in Bern, Switzerland. All you have to do is producing a short video on the Internet (on YouTube) about your national team's IBO preparation. You will find further details below.

You and your team can start shooting your video after your National Olympiad first selection round.


1. Motto for the video: We love biology
The video shall focus on your commitment and interest in biology. It should illustrate in an innovative, humorous and creative way the reasons for you to participate in the National Biology Olympiad.

You can possiblyshow how parts of the National Biology Olympiad are carried out in your country or how your national team prepares for the International Biology Olympiad.

An archive of previous videos can be found on the bottom of this page.

2. Duration of the video
Max. 4 min.

3. Language
English (or with English subtitles, see Universal Subtitles)

4. Deadline
July 1, 2013. By this date your video has to be online (on YouTube) and its URL has to be sent to the IBO webmaster: in order to make a link from the IBO website (

5. Prize
The winning team will be rewarded a prize of € 250 for purchasing scientific textbooks, donated by the IBO Coordinating Center. The winning team will be called on stage during the closing ceremony and the film will be presented. If the filmmakers were competitors in the national Olympiad but not selected for the IBO team, the prize will be given to the delegation. In this case decisions on how to split the prize are up to the delegation co-ordinator.

6. Adjudication
First round: before IBO 2013, the coordinators of the participating countries will select five films according to the competition aims (cf. 1). During the IBO week, the students will select the winning film from those five. The decision of the juries is final. Only one film per country is accepted.

7. Copyright
Participants in the video competition transfer the copyright of their film to IBO, allowing the film to be used for promotional purposes for National and International Biology Olympiads. To make sure a video does not infringe someone else's copyrights see: YouTube Copyright Tips

8. Technical aspects

  • Please make sure your film can be viewed on full screen: see compression guidelines at
  • The name of your country has to be mentioned in the beginning of the film
  • Your team co-ordinator has to bring along a copy of the film (file in a classic format) to the IBO 2013 in Bern.

Competition 2013

Find all 10 contributions of the 2013 Bio Video Competition in our media section.


See the videos from previous IBOs:

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