International Geography Olympiad

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Group photo at the 12th International Geography Olympiad in Russia in August 2015.
Written Response Test at the 11th International Geography Olympiad in Poland in August 2014.
Awarding of an International Geography Olympiad Gold Medal at the Opening Ceremony of the International Geographical Union Conference in Moscow, Russia, in August 2015.
Gold Medal Winners from the 12th International Geography Olympiad at the Opening Ceremony of the International Geographical Union Conference in Moscow, Russia, in August 2015.
Geographical Analysis Component of the Fieldwork Exercise at 11th International Geography Olympiad in Poland in August 2014.
Cartographic Representation Component of the Fieldwork Exercise at 12th International Geography Olympiad in Russia in August 2015.

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

The International Geography Olympiad is organised by the International Geographical Union (IGU) Olympiad Task Force, who produce tests with reference to the local organisers and the international board.

After the first iGeo in 1996, it was recommended that the competition was held biennially. Due to the competition growing in popularity, since 2012 the competition has been held annually, rather than biennially, as is the case with the other large International Science Olympiads.

History of competition and national success

During the 1994 Congress of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in Prague, people 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 one was held in 1996 in The Hague, Netherlands, with five participating countries. The participant count grew to 24 countries with the 2008 competition in Carthage, Tunisia.

Before 2012, the International Science Olympiads were held every two years, and some regional geography Olympiads were held during intervening years. [1] These include the Asia Pacific Regional Geography Olympiads (APRGO), which were held in 2007 (Hsinchu, Taiwan [2] [3]), 2009 (Tsukuba, Japan [4]), and 2011 (Merida, Mexico [5]), and the Central European Regional Geography Olympiads (CERIGEO). Since 2013, the International Geography Olympiad, in concordance with the other Olympiads, has been held on a yearly basis.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 iGeo in Istanbul, Turkey was postponed. [6] The Olympiad was held in Istanbul between 11 and 15 August the following year, with 46 countries participating. [7] The next Olympiad is to be held in Paris, France in July 2022.

Member countries and regions

The participating countries and regions in the 2021 International Geography Olympiad are: [8]

The full list of participating teams for all past iGeos may be found on the iGeo website.

Summary

Number Year Host country Host city Individual Olympiad Champion Best National Team 2nd National Team 3rd National Team Nations Participants
1 1996   Netherlands The Hague   Belgium

Steven Pattheeuws

  Poland   Slovenia   Belgium 5 20
2 1998   Portugal Lisbon   Poland

Katarzyna Kwiecińska

  Poland   Slovenia   Belgium 5 20
3 2000   South Korea Seoul   Poland

Adam Biliski

  Poland   Netherlands   South Korea 13 52
4 2002   South Africa Durban   Romania

Florin Olteanu

  Romania   Poland   Belarus 12 48
5 2004   Poland Gdańsk   Poland

Maciej Hermanowicz

  Poland   Estonia   Romania 16 64
6 2006   Australia Brisbane   Poland

Jacek Próchniak

  Poland   Estonia   Romania 23 92
7 2008   Tunisia Carthage   Romania

Barbu Ion Alexandru

  Romania   Estonia   Australia 24 96
8 2010 Taiwan Taipei   Romania

Barbu Ion Alexandru

  Singapore   Australia   Poland 27 108
9 2012   Germany Cologne   Singapore

Samuel Chua

  Singapore   Romania   Poland 31 124
10 2013   Japan Kyoto   Singapore

Daniel Wong

  Romania   Croatia   Singapore 32 128
11 2014   Poland Kraków   USA

James Mullen

  Singapore   Australia   Romania 36 144
12 2015   Russia Tver Taiwan

Chang-Chin Wang

  Poland   Romania Taiwan 40 159
13 2016   China Beijing   Thailand

Wuttipat Kiratipaisarl

  Australia   Singapore   Thailand 45 173
14 2017   Serbia Belgrade   Romania

Victor Vescu

  Poland   Romania   USA 41 160
15 2018   Canada Quebec City   Russia

Alen Kospanov

  Romania Singapore   USA 43 165
16 2019   Hong Kong Hong Kong   USA

Albert Zhang

  Indonesia   USA   United Kingdom 43 166
2020 Postponed for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
17 2021   Turkey Istanbul   Russia

Rustam Bigildin

  Russia   Singapore   Japan 46 180
18 2022   France Paris
19 2023   Indonesia Bandung
20 2024   Ireland Dublin

Performances

Best nations by podium finishes (all time)

Place National Team 1st, 2nd, 3rd Years Champions (Teams Participating) Years Runners Up (Teams) Years 3rd Place (Teams)
1st   Poland 7, 1, 1 1996 (5), 1998 (5), 2000 (13), 2004 (12), 2006 (23), 2015 (40), 2017 (41) 2002 (12) 2012 (31)
2nd   Romania 4, 3, 2 2002 (12), 2008 (24), 2013 (32), 2018 (43) 2012 (31), 2015 (40), 2017 (41) 2006 (23), 2014 (36)
3rd   Singapore 3, 3, 1 2010 (27), 2012 (31), 2014 (36) 2016 (45), 2018 (43), 2021 (46) 2013 (32)
4th   Australia 1, 2, 1 2016 (45) 2010 (27), 2014 (36) 2008 (24)
5th (tied)   Russia 1, 0, 0 2021 (46)
5th (tied)   Indonesia 1, 0, 0 2019 (43)
6th   Estonia 0, 3, 0 2004 (12), 2006 (23), 2008 (24)
7th   Slovenia 0, 2, 0 1996 (5), 1998 (5)
8th   USA 0, 1, 2 2019 (43) 2017 (41), 2018 (43)
9th (tied)   Croatia 0, 1, 0 2013 (32)
9th (tied)   Netherlands 0, 1, 0 2000 (13)
10th   Belgium 0, 0, 2 1996 (5), 1998 (5)
11th (tied)   Japan 0, 0, 1 2021 (46)
11th (tied)   Thailand 0, 0, 1 2016 (45)
11th (tied)   United Kingdom 0, 0, 1 2019 (43)
11th (tied) Taiwan 0, 0, 1 2015 (40)
11th (tied)   South Korea 0, 0, 1 2000 (13)
11th (tied)   Belarus 0, 0, 1 2002 (12)

Most national individual victories (All time)

Place Nation Wins World Champions Produced (Year)
1st (tied)   Poland 4 Jacek Próchniak (2006), Maciej Hermanowicz (2004), Adam Biliski (2000), Katarzyna Kwiecińska (1998)
1st (tied)   Romania 4 Victor Vescu (2017), Barbu Ion Alexandru (2010, 2008), Florin Olteanu (2002)
3rd (tied)   Singapore 2 Daniel Wong (2013), Samuel Chua (2012)
3rd (tied)   USA 2 James Mullen (2014), Albert Zhang (2019)
3rd (tied)   Russia 2 Alen Kospanov (2018), Rustam Bigildin (2021)
6th (tied)   Thailand 1 Wuttipat Kiratipaisarl (2016)
6th (tied) Taiwan 1 Chang-Chin Wang (2015)
6th (tied)   Belgium 1 Steven Pattheeuws (1996)

References

  1. ^ "IGU - What is iGeo". www.geoolympiad.org. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  2. ^ "International Geography Olympiad". promotinggeog.geo.ntnu.edu.tw. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  3. ^ https://spock.nehs.hc.edu.tw/newsletter/1205/B.htm
  4. ^ http://japan-igeo.com/english/pdf/result.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.gtansw.org.au/files/geog_bulletin/2012/2_GTA%20Bulletin%201%202012-2_Asia%20Pacific%20Olympiad.pdf
  6. ^ iGeo 2020 - : info@igeo2020.org. "iGeo 2020". iGeo 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  7. ^ "The 2021 iGeo - Istanbul, Turkey". iGeo 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  8. ^ "Previous iGeos". geoolympiad.org. Retrieved 2021-07-04.

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