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.








ETH Zurich Hönggerberg / Switzerland
16 – 25 July 2023 

ETH Zurich

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.

Reference Projects

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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.

Logo of the Swiss Chemistry Olympiad

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.

Portrait of the Rector of ETH Zurich, Dr. Prof. Sarah Springman
Prof. Dr. Sarah M. Springman
Rector of ETH Zurich

"Please join the movement to enable and support talented young people from around the world to meet together in Zurich at the International Chemistry Olympiad in 2023 to test their knowledge of chemistry and to apply it creatively to solve problems."

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Logo of the Swiss Chemistry Olympiad