18th International Junior Science Olympiad 2021

First ever hybrid olympiad organised by the United Arab Emirates, Ministry of Education

Sun, 12th Dec
07:00 AM
Tue, 21st Dec
11:00 PM
InterContinental, Dubai Festival City,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
900 students, leaders, observers
and guests from 70+ countries

Welcome Messages

Her Excellency (H.E) Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi

The IJSO has been established to recognise the significance of the natural sciences in the general education of young people and all aspects of their lives. We at UAE are very proud and honoured to host this one-of-a-kind Olympiad in Dubai. The Organizing Committee has been working very hard to ensure that the Olympiad goes smoothly, and students get glimpses into the multi-faceted aspects this competition offers. While there are several challenges for this particular hybrid Olympiad, it is also an exceptional learning experience for all stakeholders involved. Our aims for students are to promote careers as scientists, hold future scientific collaborations, and possibly compare the syllabi and educational trends in science education within the participating countries. While academics are naturally of utmost importance, listening and accepting different opinions and expanding your awareness and knowledge of various cultures around the world through contact with your peer group of local and international experts is also paramount. I welcome all 70+ countries with open arms to this year’s International Junior Science Olympiad.

Her Excellency (H.E) Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi
Assistant Undersecretary for Care and Capacities Building Sector

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What is IJSO?

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The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is an annual individual and team competition in the Natural Sciences for students who are under sixteen years old on 31st December of the competition year. IJSO has been established in recognition of the significance of the Natural Sciences in the general education of young people and in all aspects of their lives.

IJSO is world's most competitive Science contest, and UAE is proud to host the 18th IJSO in Dubai, UAE from 12th to 21st December, 2021.

UAE Academic Committee

Scientific Committee

Dr. Ehab Malkawi
Dr. Ehab Malkawi
PhD in Physics
  • Physics, Michigan State University, 1996
  • Research areas Elementary Particle Physics, Fractional Calculus , Mathematical Physics Phenomenology of the Electroweak Interactions
Dr. Mayank Gururani
Dr. Mayank Gururani
PhD in Molecular Biotechnology
  • Plant Biologist interested in molecular biology of photosynthesis and its crosstalk with abiotic stress physiology
  • Doctorate Degree, Molecular Biotechnology in OTHERS, Konkuk University, Seoul, 2013
  • Research in Abiotic Stress Physiology, Photosynthesis
Dr. Sabir bin Muzaffar
Dr. Sabir bin Muzaffar
PhD in Biology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, Memorial University, 2008
  • Professor at UAE University since 2008
  • Research in Ecology, conservation, movement, diseases of wildlife, with emphasis on birds
Dr. Fathy M. Hassan
Dr. Fathy M. Hassan
PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2014

IJSO-2021 Advisory Panel

Dr Lorena  Martinez
Dr Lorena Martinez
PhD in Chemistry
  • Team Leader for ICHO for Uruguay
  • National Trainer for IJSO & ICHO for Uruguay
Dr Hans Jordens
Dr Hans Jordens
Masters in Physics
  • Past President for IPHO for more than 20 years
  • Head of Physics in IJSO-2017
  • Has overseen organizing of 25 Olympiads

Dr Dennis Kappei
Dr Dennis Kappei
PhD in Genetics
  • He is a former IBO contestant
  • He is assistant professor at the National University of Singapore. 
  • He has delivered countless impulses to IBO’s developments in recent years.

The United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders Oman and Saudi Arabia, and has maritime borders in the Persian Gulf with Qatar and Iran.

Organisers & Sponsors

UAE Ministry of education

Innovative education for a knowledge, pioneering, and global society.

Develop an innovative Education System for a knowledge and global competitive society, that includes all age groups to meet future labor market demand, by ensuring quality of the ministry of education outputs, and provision of best services for internal and external customers.

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United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)
United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - the first and foremost comprehensive national university in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU aspires to become a comprehensive, research-intensive university and currently enrolls approximately 13,000 Emirati and international students.

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The Venue

InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Set in one of Dubai's cosmopolitan destinations with stunning waterfront and skyline views, InterContinental Dubai Festival City offers an exquisite luxury experience boasting opulent rooms, topnotch dining.

Walking Distance to the famous Festival City Mall & Boulevard consisting of UAE's finest gourmet experiences.

"Education is like a lantern which lights your way in a dark alley."
H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Founding Father of  United Arab Emirates