Oxford teenager to represent UK at ‘science olympics’ in Iran

A SIXTH form student from Oxford has been selected from thousands to represent the UK at an olympics-style biology competition in Iran. The Oxford Mail reports

Patrick McCubbin, who attends Abingdon School, will compete as part of a four-person team at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 2018.

The annual event, which is almost 30 years old, brings together the most gifted young biology talents from around the world, with more than 60 countries taking part.

Its aim is to challenge the next generation of aspiring scientists through a series of theory and practical biological problems testing inventiveness, creativity and perseverance, as well as knowledge of biology.

Speaking about being selected for the prestigious competition, Patrick said: “It will be a unique opportunity to visit Iran and to experience the different culture there, and it’s very exciting to compete against other young biologists from around the world and to further develop my theoretical and practical skills.”

The 18-year-old was chosen following a rigorous process beginning with the British Biology Olympiad back in January which involved two, one-hour multiple choice papers and close to 8,000 students from 630 schools taking part.

To prepare for the international competition, the UK team will train in July at Kew Gardens, Imperial College London, the Natural History Museum and the University of Reading.

From just six countries when it was originally founded, the competition now has 68 countries taking part from five continents.

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