IJSO is a Science and Technology knowledge Olympiad in which students aged fifteen or younger from more than fifty countries from all over the world compete with one another over a ten-day period. Each country is represented by one team consisting of six students. Three mentors of biology, chemistry and physics are part of the team. The competition is held in a different country every year. In 2018 we will be hosting the event from December, 2nd until 11th December 2017.

Preparations started in 2016 by engaging in consultation with relevant stakeholders. The University of Botswana, Faculty of Science will host this event in Gaborone. The Local Organizing Committee was formed in April 2016. A national launch was done in April 2017 where the IJSO –Vice President, Dr Robin Naidoo was present.The Minister of Basic Education launched this event officially on this day. Other stakeholders include Botswana International University of Science and Technology(BIUST), Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources(BUAN), Botswana Innovation Hub(BIH), Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation(BITRI).


LOC chairperson welcome note

The University of Botswana, through the Faculty of Science welcomes the IJSO community. We are excited to host this prestigious competition, the first of its kind to be held in Botswana .On behalf of the LOC which represents the scientific community in Botswana, comprising academia, industry, government and private sector, we are glad to host you. Our institutions – the Botswana Science Association (BOTSA), University of Botswana (UB), Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN); government departments e.g. Education (Basic and Tertiary – including Department of Research Science and Technology), the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI), Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), Petrologistics and the youth group Design Surgery who designed our logo- we hope you enjoy your stay in Botswana. The IJSO is a stepping stone in career building in the areas of science, technology and innovation (STI). The careers in STI are relevant to our economy and industry needs - and remain amongst the scarce skills at the moment. Thus, in hosting the IJSO, we are very motivated, since we are building our national future in terms of human resource needs and expertise in the science and technology sector.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents, mentors for allowing these beautiful minds take part in this competition. We hope you will have a fulfilling experience in actualising the theme ‘discovery, innovation and environment’.

Permanent secretary welcome Note

Botswana will host the 2018 International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) on the 2nd to 11th December in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana.

The International Junior Science Olympiad is a science competition for students who are fifteen years before the 31st December or younger. About 50 member countries participate in the competition annually.

IJSO aims to promote interest in science amongst students, exposing them to problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation. It also gives the aspiring scientists an opportunity to share knowledge and experience on science related issues. The Olympiad has the potential to produce scientists who can contribute tremendously to technological advancement of world economies.

Botswana first took part in the IJSO in 2011. There has been tremendous growth in the number of participants, year and in and year out since its inception. This signifies a lot of interest in science by learners in the country.

The Government of Botswana through the Ministry of Basic Education in collaboration with stakeholders would like to extend a warm invitation to all aspiring scientists from member countries to the 15th IJSO in Gaborone.

We promise to give all participants a memorable competition and assures you of a pleasant stay in this warm and peaceful country.

Thank You