ClimateScience Olympiad

Find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). $15,000 prize pool.

AGES: 12 TO 24+12,000 SIGN-UPS IN 2021$15,000 PRIZE (2022)FREE

Update: Watch the finals ceremony at 6pm UTC on Nov 9 live here

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or if you are a school, uni, NGO or club, become a partner.

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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.

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or if you are a school, uni, NGO or club, become a partner

Qualifiers

1. Qualifiers


Register until 10th Aug 2022.

ONLINE / ON PAPERAT HOME / IN SCHOOL

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.

Quarter Finals

2. Quarter Finals


Feb-Aug 2022.

UP TO 100,000 PARTICIPANTSONLINE30 MINS

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

Semi-Finals

3. Semi-Finals


Mar-Sep 2022.

UP TO 10,000 PARTICIPANTSONLINE

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.

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The Final

4. The Final


October 2022

TOP 50ONLINE

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

Every finalist will be awarded a Bronze Medal, the top 25 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.

Our renowned Finals judges

Renate Christ

Renate Christ

Former Director at IPCC Secretariat

Jim Savage

Jim Savage

Senior Manager of Data Science, Schmidt Futures

David Addison

David Addison

Carbon Removal, Innovation and Sustainability Manager at Virgin Group

Vaitea Cowan

Vaitea Cowan

Co-founder at Enapter

Mirik Gogri

Mirik Gogri

Corporate Strategy, Aarti Industries & Sustainability investor, Spectrum Impact

Rounds before the finals are judged by our internal team.

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

Anna Philips

Anna Philips

Criodan O Murchu

Criodan O Murchu

Natasha Griremo

Natasha Griremo

Pegi Pavletic

Pegi Pavletic

Priscilla Zangrandi

Priscilla Zangrandi

JP Arellano

JP Arellano

Claire McPhee

Claire McPhee

Chris Lockhart Smith

Chris Lockhart Smith

Dafydd Phillips

Dafydd Phillips

Flávia Nogueira de Sá

Flávia Nogueira de Sá

Pubali Sarker

Pubali Sarker

Surajo Abubakar Ibrahim

Surajo Abubakar Ibrahim

Focal Points

Jaslin O. Connell, Australia

Jaslin O. Connell, Australia

Josh Edem Kojo Dotse, Ghana

Josh Edem Kojo Dotse, Ghana

John Paul Jose, India

John Paul Jose, India

Komal Gupta, India

Komal Gupta, India

Raseel Arora, India

Raseel Arora, India

Marinel Ubaldo, Philippines

Marinel Ubaldo, Philippines

Tadalisika Zulu, Zimbabwe

Tadalisika Zulu, Zimbabwe

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FAQ 2021

The CSO22 has three age brackets: under 16s, 17-19, and 20-25 years old. Regardless of age, participants compete in the same qualifiers and answer the same type of problem statements. However, we only compare participants within their age brackets. This means we score the three brackets independently and normalise scores within each. Semi-finalists, finalists, and winners are those with the highest normalised scores. This ensures fair comparison regardless of age.
Registration for qualifiers ends on August 10th, 2022
You can participate up to 4 times in 4 different months. Anyone found to have participated more than 4 times will be disqualified.
Only 5% of participants will advance to the semi finals, so preparation makes a major difference. You can take our courses or complete our quizzes in the app. Beyond that, read about whatever you are interested in and describe your solutions during the event!
Prize Money: - First place wins $8,000 - Second place wins $3,000 - Third place wins $2,000 - Participants ranked 4th through 10th win $500 Winners will also get a chance to speak at the Award Ceremony, hopefully to be conducted at COP27, just like in 2021.
Results for each month’s participants are announced by the end of the following month. For example, April participants receive results by the end of May. Results include a certificate of participation, and state whether you have qualified for the next round. If you have been selected for the next round you will hear from us soon; if you haven’t been selected, you can sign up to participate in another qualifier. Please do not send us emails asking when results will be announced.
Schools can choose to run qualifiers digitally or on paper. Paper participation will launch in early 2022. Schools that participate digitally need one computer, laptop, or phone per student (students can use their own devices too) and one computer for the teacher leading the event. Teachers need to follow procedures for timing, ensure no cheating, and collect responses securely after the event ends.
ClimateScience Olympiad Terms & Conditions