Irish Olympiad of Experimental Science

2022-2023 IrEOES

The Irish Olympiad of Experimental Science (IrEOES) is an individual science competition for Transition Year and Fifth Year students. The first round takes place online and is accessible to any eligible student who wants to take part. You are eligible if you live and go to school in Ireland, are in Transition Year or in Fifth Year, and were born on or after 1st January 2006.

Round 1 of IrEOES 2022-2023 took place online on Saturday November 12th 2022. A total of 203 students took part, 96 in Biology, 41 in Chemistry, and 66 in Physics. A huge thanks to all the teachers who brought the competition to the attention of their students.

The top performers will qualify for Round 2 that will take place in person in DCU later this school year; they will be notified no later than Saturday November 19th. We hope to secure funding to participate in the third European Olympiad of Experimental Science (EOES), to be held in the first week of May 2023, in Riga (Latvia).

IrEOES/EOES 2021-2022

The European Olympiad of Experimental Science (EOES) is an annual science olympiad for school students from the European Union, organised by a member country of EOES NPO. In 2022 more than 20 countries are expected to each enter two teams of three participants. At EOES each team carries out two experimental tasks that combine biology, chemistry, and physics, and give students the opportunity to feel like real researchers and to pit their science skills against those of the other participants. EOES offers participants the opportunity to share experiences and meet and befriend like-minded students from all over the EU.

The first EOES was organised by Hungary and ran on-line in 2021. EOES2022 took place in person in the second week of May, in Hradec Králové (Czech Republic).

The Irish Olympiad of Experimental Science (IrEOES) is an individual competition that serves as the selection event for EOES. The first round takes place online and is accessible to any eligible student who wants to take part. You are eligible if you live and go to school in Ireland, are in Transition Year or in Fifth Year, and are 17 years of age or younger on December 31st of the year EOES is held. In other words, to take part in the first round of IrEUSO 2021-2022 in November 2021 that will select the teams for EOES2022, you must have been born on or after 1st January 2005. You select either biology, chemistry, or physics as your chosen subject.

Up to 40 students in each subject will be invited to take part in the second round of IrEOES, a theory test that will take place in Dublin City University. In each subject gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top achieving students. Six students per subject will be invited to take part in the third and final round of IrEOES. These students will get experimental training in their subject area and then take a final test. Two students from each subject are selected to be in one of the teams to take part in the EOES competition.

Provisional timeline, subject to change:

Stage Date # students activity and location
IrEOES Round 1 registration Tue 02/11/2021 unlimited registration deadline
IrEOES Round 1 Sat 06/11/2021 230 one hour online test (at home)
IrEOES Round 2 Sat 22/01/2022 <=40 per subject 1.5 hour test and lecture (DCU)
IrEOES Round 3 21/02-22/02/2022 6 per subject experimental training & test (DCU)
EOES team preparation 04/04-05/04/2022 6 (2 teams) further training (DCU)
EOES 08/05-14/05/2022 6 (2 teams) EOES2022 in Hradec Králové (CZ)

Feel free to email IrEOES@dcu.ie for further information – please do not email people at their individual email addresses.

Paul van Kampen, EOES Country Coordinator for Ireland

Scientific & Organising Committee

2021-2022 IrEOES/EOES

Ireland took part in EOES2022 in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, from May 8 to May 14, 2022. Team A (Manahil Sabir, Dominika Ryzwanowicz, and Ben Gaughran) won a silver medal and Team B (Joe O’Grady, Aimee Bonar, and Lucy Garrett) took home a bronze. Congratulations and well done to all!

Round 3 of IrEOES 2021-2022 took place in person in Dublin City University on February 21st and 22nd, 2022. 

Seventeen students participated in 1.5 days of training and an experimental test. Many thanks to all students and staff who made it two very nice days for everybody. In the end, six students were selected to represent Ireland at the 2nd EOES. Huge congratulations to Aimee Bonar, Lucy Garrett, Ben Gaughran, Joe O’Grady, Manahil Sabir, and Yilong (Calvin) She.

Round 2 of IrEOES 2021-2022 took place in person in Dublin City University on Saturday January 22nd, 2022.

A total of 90 students took part, 36 in Biology, 30 in Chemistry, and 24 in Physics. The standard was incredibly high. Many thanks to Martyna Bartusiak, David Cullinane, Eamonn Cunningham, Deirdre Delaney, Melissa Finnegan, Enda McGlynn, John Noone, and Fiona O’Connor for helping out on the day.

After the competition, the students were treated to an interdisciplinary lecture by Dr. Jennifer Gaughran of DCU on microfluidics and compostable plastics.

The 6 medal winners in each subject progress to Round 3. They are:

Biology 
gold Brigid O’Reilly Coola Post-Primary School, Sligo
silver Joe O’Grady Gonzaga College SJ, Dublin
bronze Sarah McGovern St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk, Co. Louth
bronze Sanjay Menon Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Dublin
bronze Ava Murphy Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork
bronze Manahil Sabir St. Aloysius School, Cork, Co. Cork

Chemistry
gold Aimee Bonar Loreto Letterkenny, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
silver Yilong She St. Columba’s College, Whitechurch, Dublin
bronze Ahron Shibbu Mathew St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda, Co. Louth
bronze Ruadhán Ó Conaire St. Colman’s College, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
bronze Dominika Ryzwanowicz Fingal Community College, Swords, Co. Dublin
bronze Seamus Stritch Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick

Physics
gold Fionn Kimber O’Shea Christian Brothers College, Cork
silver Benjamin Gaughran St. Brendan’s College, Killarney, Co. Kerry
bronze Tomás Casado St. Columba’s College, Whitechurch, Dublin
bronze Qingyi Chen Mount Anville Secondary School, Goatstown, Co. Dublin
bronze Lucy Garrett Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Galway
bronze Oscar Sun St. Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Co. Dublin

 

Round 1 of IrEOES 2021-2022 took place online on Saturday November 6th, 2021. A total of 230 students took part, 111 in Biology, 57 in Chemistry, and 62 in Physics. A huge thanks to all the teachers who brought the competition to the attention of their students.

For further information contact:

Paul van Kampen
Irish EOES Country Coordinator
Phone: (01) 700 5023
Fax: (01) 700 5287
Email: IrEOES@dcu.ie