International Geographical Olympiad
The international geographical Olympiad (iGeo) has been held since 1996 under the auspices of the international geographical Union (IGU). For the first time it started in the Hague. Since then, it has been held in different places, but one thing remains unchanged, i.e. the desire of boys and girls interested in science to demonstrate their knowledge and broaden their horizons, to achieve success in their field.
Students aged from 16 to 19 (winners of national competitions of young geographers) take part in the Olympiad. The event is aimed at promoting interest in geography and other environmental sciences, and to develop international cooperation.
Since 2012, the Olympiad has become annual. Whereas earlier was held every two years.
The international Olympiad has already been held in many countries of the world: the Netherlands, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Australia, Tunisia, China, Germany, Japan, Poland and others.
In 2018, at the International Geographic Olympiad in Canada’s Quebec, the Russian student Alen Kospanov became the absolute champion for the first time, taking the first place in the overall ranking . Alen was named as the best young geographer in the world in 2018.