International Chemistry Olympiad 2023
The first IChO in Switzerland! From 16 - 25 July 2023 more than 800 participants, mentors and volunteers from over 90 countries are expected to attend the International Chemistry Olympiad 2023. Besides two chemistry exams the young talents will experience a wide range of cultural activities, Swiss business and lifestyle as well as the picturesque landscape of Switzerland.
The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) is an annual international competition for talented high school students. The first IChO took place in Prague in 1968. Since 1987, Switzerland has sent delegations to more than 30 IChOs but has never been a host country itself. For 2023, the Swiss Chemistry Olympiad Association (SwissChO) and ETH Zurich have been awarded the contract to host the event in Switzerland.
NUMBERS AND FACTS
ETH Zurich Hönggerberg / Switzerland
16 – 25 July 2023
D-CHAB Departement of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences
SwissChO Swiss Chemistry Olympiad Association
SO Science Olympiad
SCS Swiss Chemistry Society
max. 91 countries
over 800 people
Young international chemistry talents between 16 and 19 years of age
Observers and guests
Volunteers and organizers
Promoting young talents in STEM* subjects – especially chemistry – with an attractive extracurricular educational programme
Attracting national and international potential students to study in Switzerland
National and international media presence
Cultivating the public image of chemistry as chemistry is a highly innovative, solution-oriented and future-oriented science
Positioning Switzerland as a location for industry, technology and innovation
Committed cooperation with the ETH Zurich departments, SwissChO, SO, SCS, Switzerland Tourism and other involved and future partners
* Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
In addition to its scientific aspect the IChO supports international exchange and diplomatic relations. The participants from all over the world are ambassadors and the decision makers of the future. Back in their home country they shall talk about Switzerland as a location for outstanding education, innovative research and a thriving industry.
The organisers of the IChO 2023 have committed themselves to cover the accommodation costs of the participants including the social programme for the duration of the event. The delegations participate with a symbolic contribution.
Collaborations will be sought with the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), a long-time partner of the Science Olympiads, as well as Switzerland Tourism and other important partners. The expenses will mainly have to be borne by fundraising contributions from foundations, companies and private individuals, services and contributions of the organisation team as well as the unpaid work of volunteers.
Swiss Chemistry Olympiad
The SwissChO is an extracurricular educational offer with an integrated competition for students of high schools and vocational schools. The organisation of the SwissChO, the supervision of the students as well as the participation in the international competitions is handled by the association SwissChO and its volunteers. The association is a member of the SO and is thus in constant exchange with the Olympiads in biology, informatics, geography, mathematics, philosophy, physics, robotics, economics and linguistics.
The International Chemistry Olympiad is a competition for young chemists. Switzerland has participated in the IChO since 1987. The goal of the Olympiads is to challenge and encourage scientifically interested and talented middle school students and to promote international exchange.
For the IChO each delegation can provide a team of a maximum of 4 young people under the age of 20 who have previously been selected in the national Olympiad of their country. In Switzerland, approximately 300 young talents complete the first round of SwissChO each year.