International Geography Olympiad

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

NumberYearHost countryHost cityIndividual Olympiad ChampionBest National Team2nd National Team3rd National TeamNationsParticipants
11996 NetherlandsThe Hague Belgium

Steven Pattheeuws

 Poland Slovenia Belgium520
21998 PortugalLisbon Poland

Katarzyna Kwiecińska

 Poland Slovenia Belgium520
32000 South KoreaSeoul Poland

Adam Biliski

 Poland Netherlands South Korea1352
42002 South AfricaDurban Romania

Florin Olteanu

 Romania Poland Belarus1248
52004 PolandGdańsk Poland

Maciej Hermanowicz

 Poland Estonia Romania1664
62006 AustraliaBrisbane Poland

Jacek Próchniak

 Poland Estonia Romania2392
72008 TunisiaCarthage Romania

Barbu Ion Alexandru

 Romania Estonia Australia2496
82010 TaiwanTaipei Romania

Barbu Ion Alexandru

 Singapore Australia Poland27108
92012 GermanyCologne Singapore

Samuel Chua

 Singapore Romania Poland31124
102013 JapanKyoto Singapore

Daniel Wong

 Romania Croatia Singapore32128
112014 PolandKraków USA

James Mullen

 Singapore Australia Romania36144
122015 RussiaTver Taiwan

Chang-Chin Wang

 Poland Romania Taiwan40159
132016 ChinaBeijing Thailand

Wuttipat Kiratipaisarl

 Australia Singapore Thailand45173
142017 SerbiaBelgrade Romania

Victor Vescu

 Poland Romania USA41160
152018 CanadaQuebec City Russia

Alen Kospanov

 Romania Singapore USA43165
162019 Hong KongHong Kong USA

Albert Zhang

 Indonesia USA United Kingdom43166
2020Postponed for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
172021 TurkeyIstanbul Russia

Rustam Bigildin

 Russia Singapore Japan46180
182022 FranceParis
192023 IndonesiaBandung
202024 IrelandDublin

Performances

Best nations by podium finishes (all time)

PlaceNational Team1st, 2nd, 3rdYears Champions (Teams Participating)Years Runners Up (Teams)Years 3rd Place (Teams)
1st Poland7, 1, 11996 (5), 1998 (5), 2000 (13), 2004 (12), 2006 (23), 2015 (40), 2017 (41)2002 (12)2012 (31)
2nd Romania4, 3, 22002 (12), 2008 (24), 2013 (32), 2018 (43)2012 (31), 2015 (40), 2017 (41)2006 (23), 2014 (36)
3rd Singapore3, 3, 12010 (27), 2012 (31), 2014 (36)2016 (45), 2018 (43), 2021 (46)2013 (32)
4th Australia1, 2, 12016 (45)2010 (27), 2014 (36)2008 (24)
5th (tied) Russia1, 0, 02021 (46)
5th (tied) Indonesia1, 0, 02019 (43)
6th Estonia0, 3, 02004 (12), 2006 (23), 2008 (24)
7th Slovenia0, 2, 01996 (5), 1998 (5)
8th USA0, 1, 22019 (43)2017 (41), 2018 (43)
9th (tied) Croatia0, 1, 02013 (32)
9th (tied) Netherlands0, 1, 02000 (13)
10th Belgium0, 0, 21996 (5), 1998 (5)
11th (tied) Japan0, 0, 12021 (46)
11th (tied) Thailand0, 0, 12016 (45)
11th (tied) United Kingdom0, 0, 12019 (43)
11th (tied) Taiwan0, 0, 12015 (40)
11th (tied) South Korea0, 0, 12000 (13)
11th (tied) Belarus0, 0, 12002 (12)

Most national individual victories (All time)

PlaceNationWinsWorld Champions Produced (Year)
1st (tied) Poland4Jacek Próchniak (2006), Maciej Hermanowicz (2004), Adam Biliski (2000), Katarzyna Kwiecińska (1998)
1st (tied) Romania4Victor Vescu (2017), Barbu Ion Alexandru (2010, 2008), Florin Olteanu (2002)
3rd (tied) Singapore2Daniel Wong (2013), Samuel Chua (2012)
3rd (tied) USA2James Mullen (2014), Albert Zhang (2019)
3rd (tied) Russia2Alen Kospanov (2018), Rustam Bigildin (2021)
6th (tied) Thailand1Wuttipat Kiratipaisarl (2016)
6th (tied) Taiwan1Chang-Chin Wang (2015)
6th (tied) Belgium1Steven 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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Awarding of an International Geography Olympiad Gold Medal at the Opening Ceremony of the International Geographical Union Conference in Moscow, Russia, in August 2015.
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