RSB logo


The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a competition for secondary school students who have won their respective National Biology Olympiad competitions. Each participating country will bring up to four finalists. If you wish to compete in IBO 2017 you will need to enter your National Biology Olympiad.

You can find out if your country is participating at IBO 2017 and find information on the National competitions.

IBO 2017 Competitor's Code of Conduct

Purpose: To promote positive behaviour amongst students and to ensure that a safe and respectful environment is provided by the IBO 2017 organisers.

Student / IBO Agreement
As a participant at IBO 2017 you are expected to take responsibility for your own behaviour and to be fully aware of what is expected of you as a representative of your country. Students who fail to maintain a suitable standard of behaviour or compromise their own safety or the safety of others may be excluded from further participation at IBO 2017. In return, the IBO 2017 organisers will aim to protect the individual rights and safety of all participants at IBO 2017.

You will:

  • Adhere to the IBO oath taken at the IBO 2017 Opening Ceremony
  • Maintain behaviour and language appropriate for a learning environment
  • Keep to the timings set out by the IBO organisers and team guides, particularly during offsite excursions
  • Treat all members of the IBO community with respect
  • Listen carefully to your team guide, IBO organisers and to your peers when asked to do so
  • Respect The University of Warwick property, including putting rubbish and litter in the bins provided and using the recycling facilities
  • Remain onsite at The University of Warwick for the duration of the week with the exception of designated excursion days
  • Report any form of disruption, violence, bullying or any form of harassment to your team guide or to one of the IBO organisers

We will:

  • Ensure acceptable standards of behaviour are maintained by all IBO participants
  • Provide teams with a guide who will support you throughout the week
  • Act swiftly upon any reports of disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment through the designated reporting channels
  • Complete an onsite risk assessment to minimise risk of harm to all IBO participants
  • Ensure that appropriate safeguarding procedures are in place for the safety and wellbeing of participants

Use of substances

  • Consumption of alcohol is not permitted amongst students.
  • The supplying, possession and/or use of illegal drugs is not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Smoking will only be permitted for students aged 18 or over and will be restricted to the University of Warwick smoking areas only.


  • Cheating of any kind during the IBO tasks will not be tolerated. Any student found to be cheating in either the practical or theoretical tasks will face disqualification.
  • The use of personal devices between Monday 24th July and Thursday 27th July is prohibited. Any student who fails to hand in a personal device on Monday 24th July will face disqualification.