ClimateScience Olympiad

Find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). $10,000 prize pool.


Update: Registrations for 2021 are now closed. A live stream of the Finals Award Ceremony hosted at COP26 will be announced in October. Registrations for the Olympiad 2022 will open in November 2021.

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The ClimateScience Olympiad 2022 (CSO22)

Governments, cities, school districts, and universities can register events early by contacting olympiad@climatescience.org. If you have a background in a climate solutions related field become a volunteer judge.

ClimateScience Olympiad procedure and structure
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1. Qualifiers


Register until 10th Aug 2022.

The qualifier round is a 20-minute exam. You can do this online right now, later, or as a student at your school. The exam can be taken on your computer or smartphone, or on paper if you participate in a school.

Individual schools will be invited to register their events. Those events allow schools to host qualifiers for all participants at once. Upon verificaton, schools can also get printable versions of the sheets and conduct exams in paper form.

Each person can participate up to 4 times. If a participant is found to have participated more than 4 times they will be disqualified.

All participants will receive a certificate, and top participants a special honour.

Registration for CSO22 opening soon.

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2. Quarter Finals


Feb-Aug 2022

The best 10% of all qualifier participants advance to the Quarter Finals. Quarter Finals follow the same quick-question format that Qualifiers follow.

ClimateScience Olympiad Semi Final

3. Semi-Finals


Mar-Sep 2022

Congratulations! You've demonstrated advanced knowledge on climate solutions. Now it's time to put this to good use and start solving some real problems.

In the Semi-Final, you choose one of three problem statements to respond to. To help you prepare, you are told the topics 10 days before the event, but the exact problem statement is only revealed at the start of the actual qualifier event.

Then you have 3 hours to research and write essay responses to questions related to the problem statement. ClimateScience will score each team's solution.

Learn more:

ClimateScience Olympiad Final

4. The Final


October 2022

If you make it to the final, you have essentially won already. Why?

Every finalist will be awarded a Bronze Medal, the top 100 and top 10 will be awarded a Silver and Gold Medal, respectively. The top teams split the prize pool of $15,000 (USD).

Finals require a written exam, a presentation, and an interview. As in 2021, we hope to conduct the winners ceremony at the United Nations' Climate Summit (COP) and give the top teams the opportunity to present their solutions on a world stage.

ClimateScience Olympiad Final

The final judges

Renate Christ

Former Director at IPCC Secretariat

Jim Savage

Senior Manager of Data Science, Schmidt Futures

David Addison

Carbon Removal, Innovation and Sustainability Manager at Virgin Group

Vaitea Cowan

Co-founder at Enapter (Green Hydrogen)

Qualifiers and semi-finals are judged by our internal team.

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FAQ 2021

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Who can participate?

We host two age brackets: 14-17 and 18-25. If you are in one of those at the time of registration, you are eligible regardless of nationality or other factors.

Both members of a team must be within the same age bracket at the time of application. We will require proof-of-age from everyone who makes it to the semi-finals.

Both age brackets participate in the same qualifiers and answer the same type of problem statements. However, we only compare participants within their age groups. This means we score the two brackets independently and normalise them within each other. Semi-finalists, finalists and eventually the winners are then chosen based on the highest normalised score across age groups. This ensures fair comparison regardless of age.

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How can I prepare?

Qualifiers: Only 5% of participants can advance to the semi finals, so preparation can make a major difference. You could take our courses or complete our quizzes in the app. Beyond that, read about whatever you are interested in and connect things during the event!

Semi-finalists: If you made it to the semi finals, congratulations! All semi-finalists are invited to a ClimateScience-led training group to help you prepare intensely, if you want to.

Finalists: Same as semi finals.

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What can I win?

Winners: The top 3 teams win US$5,000, US$3,000 and US$2,000, respectively. The prize money is split half/half between the two team members or awarded in full in case the winner participated on their own.

Finalists: If there's no more pandemic, finalists will meet in person and attend the 'Green zone' of the United Nations Climate Summit (COP-26) in Glasgow on Nov 1-12, 2021. We are applying for finalists to also get a chance to enter the zone where political conversations happen and will post an update on this by April 2021.

Semi-finalists: You are invited to a ClimateScience-led training group to help you prepare for the semi-final and, if you proceed, for the final.

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Can I participate on my own?

Yes, but you'd likely have a higher chance of winning with a teammate.

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When do I receive my results and certificate?

Results of all participants from a month are announced by the end of the next month. For example, all participants from April receive their results by the end of May. Results will include your certificate of participation, and whether or not you’ve been selected for semi-finals. If you’ve been selected for the semi-finals you'll hear from us soon and if you haven’t been selected, then you can sign up to participate in another qualifier.

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I haven't received my 3 topics?

Topics are sent 10 days before the event date and if you’ve signed up within 10 days, you’ll get the topics email immediately. Please check your spam folder or search “Climatescience” in the search bar of the inbox to locate the mail. If you still can’t find it, email us your username at olympiad@climatescience.org and we will look into the matter.

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Can I be paired up with random participants?

No, currently you can either participate alone or in a team of two that you need to form on your own. We do not pair any random participants with each other.

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How do I cancel my participation?

You don’t have to do anything to cancel your participation. Simply sign up for another event. Beware that missing an event does count towards your maximum of three participations.

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There has been a problem with my registration, I got some details wrong, wrong birthday, misspelled name etc. What should I do?

If you still haven't taken the exam, register again with the correct details and use the latest username and password. If you've already given the exam, please email us at olympiad@climatescience.org and we will take the request forward.

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Do both teammates have to submit the same answers or different ones?

Only one of the team mates needs to submit the answers.

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How will the event be conducted, where do I need to write my responses, what kind of questions will be asked?

For all these queries, please go through the Olympiad webpage very thoroughly. We made this video to explain the whole process better.

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I haven't received my 3 topics?

Topics are sent 10 days before the event date and if you’ve signed up within 10 days, you’ll get the topics email immediately. Please check your spam folder or search “Climatescience” in the search bar of the inbox to locate the mail. If you still can’t find it, email us your username at olympiad@climatescience.org and we will look into the matter.

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Can I participate multiple times?

Yes, but only once per month and at most three times in total.

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How does scoring work?

Become a judge here.

Complexity, relevance, reasoning, structure & effectiveness, and your ability to provide reliable sources. All teams will have access to the rubric prior to the event. A judge’s final score will be the teams raw score. Based on the all of the scores in a single age bracket over a one-month period, the z-scores for each team will be calculated. A z-score is the distance a raw score is from the average. More importantly, it allows us to normalize scores across different judges to provide a fair score to all teams.

Once we have all the z-scores from every team that competed in one month, we take the top 10% of the z-scores from the individual age brackets. The responses of this top 10% are rescored by another two judges. The z-score calculation process repeats and then the top 50% of these z-scores from both age brackets is determined. This top 50% of teams are those who will be invited to compete in the CS Olympiad Semi-Finals!

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Who is ClimateScience?

We are a global charity creating and providing educational resources on solutions to climate change to 100,000s of people worldwide. Learn more about us at climate-science.com

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What's the deadline?

Registration ends on August 31st, 2021. The last qualifiers will be in early September.