Australia’s STEM Olympians travelling the world and winning medals

The Australian Olympiad Competition is all about unlocking potential and challenging our talented secondary math and science students to be the best they can be. For those selected, it’s the opportunity to travel the world and compete in the maths and science Olympic Games for students.

This year, 27 students were selected to compete at International Olympiad competitions in chemistry, biology, mathematics, informatics, physics and earth and environmental science. The Olympiads are the world’s toughest math and science competitions for high school students.

Hosted by a different country each year, the intense competitions see students compete in practical and theory exams vying for individual gold, silver or bronze medals.

So far this year, Australia’s 2018 team of young Olympians has secured 3 Gold, 8 Silver, 6 Bronze and 2 Honourable Mentions in the biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics International Olympiads. And, there are more competitions to come. During National Science Week the International Earth Science Olympians head to Kanchanaburi, Thailand for competitions from 8-17 August 2018. And, beyond that, the International Informatics Olympiads head to Tsukuba, Japan to compete from 1-8 September 2018.

Get to know our Science Olympians by checking out their profiles here. And, follow @ScienceGovAu to see the team’s special video message for National Science Week!

Australian Science Innovations (ASI) and the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) are non-profit organisations responsible for running the science and mathematics Olympiad programs. They are supported with funding from the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. ASI is the official organiser of the 20th Asian Physics Olympiad, which will be held for the first time in Australia next year.

For the latest science Olympiad team updates, head to or follow ASI on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For mathematics and informatics Olympiad team updates, head to or follow AMT on Facebook or Twitter.