Any student going to school in Ireland in Transition Year or Fifth Year who was born on or after January 1st 2006 may apply to take part in Round 1, which will be held online.
About IrEOES Round 1
There is no registration fee and no participation fee for IrEOES. Students who qualify for Round 2 must pay all their own expenses incurred in travelling to and from DCU and any other personal costs incurred, e.g. B&B, meals etc.
The students must be 17 years of age (or younger) on December 31 on the year of EOES (the international competition). As Round 1 is usually held in October/November prior to the EOES that takes place the following April/May, this means that the students must be 16 years of age (or younger) on December 31 of the year Round 1 of IrEOES takes place.
You should receive an automated email response with a link to the test of your choice (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics).
In Round 1 the tests usually comprise Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) or short answer questions. The scientific committee may administer an additional reasoning test. The Biology, Chemistry & Physics Tests are run simultaneously, so you can only enter one of the competitions.
Yes. You must pick the correct registration form.
Yes. Just register for the one you really want to do – but only do so if you’ve really changed your mind.
NO, and please do not ask for them. The tests change every year. You are encouraged to read around the subject area. You will be presented with material that you may not have met in school that will require scientific reasoning skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge to solve problems. It is not an exam, it is a test.
Pass Leaving Certificate.
Not in Round 1.
Round 1 takes 1 hour.
Just your brain and a calculator, nothing else – not the internet, not textbooks, not other people. Nothing else.
We will email everybody with the results within one week of completing Round 1.
No, our decision is final.
About IrEOES Round 2 and Beyond
Round 2 takes around 2 hours.
At Dublin City University, typically in January.
Take a break – some of the DCU cafes and shops are usually open. We will try and organise a lecture or other activity while the tests are being graded, to tide you over before the closing ceremony starts.
All finalists are requested to and expected to attend the closing ceremony. If you wish to be excused please inform the Director.
All participants will receive a certificate.
The top student in each subject will receive a gold medal, the next student in each subject a silver medal, and the next four in each subject will receive bronze medals.
All medal winners will be invited to participate in Practical Training in February/March and after a further assessment, the top 6 students will be selected to represent Ireland at EOES.
If I am one of the 6 who make the final team, then:
Three (two teams with three members in each).
The Scientific Committee decides which three students make up each team.
They compete as a team.
There will be a few assignments for the students on the team. Failure to complete these assignments will result in removal from the team. The team members may receive a two-day, intensive, residential training course in DCU prior to departure to IrEOES.
Accommodation and meals during the two-day training programme, flight to and from EOES and accommodation and meals at the EOES are provided free of charge to the team members.
Because you are a minor travelling outside Ireland with a non-family member.
After the opening ceremony the leaders are given the tests to agree and to translate into the student’s native language. No contact with the students is allowed until after this test is over.
One of the leaders is excused from translation and other duties and will deal with the student. If the leader has already seen the test, the student will not be allowed do that test.
The DCU Travel & Medical insurance covers all delegation members. This covers all emergencies. Team members may take out additional insurance if they feel it necessary.
Very little. All food is provided. Money is required only for personal effects and gifts.
Students should not bring expensive jewellery or valuable items. Minding them may become a tedious burden.
This depends on the climate at EOES. However nice clothes are required at the opening and closing ceremonies. Otherwise the student should wear normal casual clothes that they feel comfortable wearing.
Misbehaviour will not be tolerated. Taking alcohol or non-prescription drugs is strictly prohibited once the students come under the authority of the team leaders. Different customs to ours apply in many countries: huge respect for authority figures is one. The student is an Ambassador for school and country, and is expected to behave accordingly.