ClimateScience Olympiad 2021

Find solutions to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). $10,000 prize pool.

ClimateScience Olympiad procedure and structure

1. Qualifiers


Register until 1st Aug 2021.

Compete in teams of 2 (recommended) or on your own. Teams can apply together. Individual applicants are, if they wish for it, matched up with a teammate by us.

In a qualifier, you choose one of three problem statements to respond to. To help you prepare, you are told the topics 10 days before the event, but the exact problem statement is only revealed at the start of the actual qualifier event.

Then you have 3 hours to research (with internet connection) and write essay responses to questions related to the problem statement. ClimateScience will score each team's solution.

In-person qualifiers are organised locally (in e.g. university venues). Online qualifiers are held regionally too.

Learn more:

There are over 500 qualifiers in 2021.

See qualifier dates ➔
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2. Semi Finals


September 2021.

The top 5% of all qualifier participants advance to the global semi finals. Semi finals are held online.

Semi finalists, are invited to a community education program that helps them prepare for the semi final (and final). Learn more in the FAQs.

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3. The Final


November 2021.

If you make it to the final, you have essentially won already. Why?

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The final judges

Qualifiers and semi-finals are judged by our internal team.

David Addison

Carbon Removal, Innovation and Sustainability Manager at Virgin Group

Vaitea Cowan

Co-founder at Enapter (Green Hydrogen)

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FAQ

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Who can participate?

We host two age brackets: 14-17 and 18-25. If you are in one of those at the time of registration, you are eligible regardless of nationality or other factors.

Both members of a team must be within the same age bracket at the time of application. We will require proof-of-age from everyone who makes it to the semi-finals.

Both age brackets participate in the same qualifiers and answer the same type of problem statements. However, we only compare participants within their age groups. This means we score the two brackets independently and normalise them within each other. Semi-finalists, finalists and eventually the winners are then chosen based on the highest normalised score across age groups. This ensures fair comparison regardless of age.

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How can I prepare?

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What can I win?

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Can I participate on my own?

Yes, but you'd likely have a higher chance of winning with a teammate.

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Are travel expenses covered?

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Should I do an in-person or online qualifier?

That's up to you! Both have the same function and both give you an equal opportunity of getting into the semi finals. If you feel more comfortable doing it at home or there just isn't an in-person event near you, choose online. If you'd like to meet others and enjoy offline discussions, in-person is for you.

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Can I participate multiple times?

Yes, but only once per month and at most three times in total.

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How does scoring work?

Become a judge here.

Complexity, relevance, reasoning, structure & effectiveness, and your ability to provide reliable sources. All teams will have access to the rubric prior to the event. A judge’s final score will be the teams raw score. Based on the all of the scores in a single age bracket over a one-month period, the z-scores for each team will be calculated. A z-score is the distance a raw score is from the average. More importantly, it allows us to normalize scores across different judges to provide a fair score to all teams.

Once we have all the z-scores from every team that competed in one month, we take the top 10% of the z-scores from the individual age brackets. The responses of this top 10% are rescored by another two judges. The z-score calculation process repeats and then the top 50% of these z-scores from both age brackets is determined. This top 50% of teams are those who will be invited to compete in the CS Olympiad Semi-Finals!

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Who is ClimateScience?

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What's the deadline?

Registration ends on August 1st, 2021. The last qualifiers will be in early September.