The INESPO (International Environment & Scientific Project Olympiad) is an international olympiad that has been organized nationally on 16th May 2009. Since 2010 the olympiad has been organized on an international level. In 2013 the 5th INESPO 2013 will be held at a national level on April 20 and for international participants (and the winners of the national round) from June 2 - 7.
INESPO is intended for students between 13 and 18 years from secondary high schools and vmbo-, havo- and vwo-schools in the Netherlands. By organizing INESPO, the Cosmicus Foundation, IVN, LvDO (Learning for Sustainable Development) and the Globe Program want to bring attention to environmental problems in schools in the Netherlands. In this way they want to involve students in this important matter in order to bring communal consensus on social environmental values and eventually to eliminate the environmental problems through education.
All projects that meet the requirements can participate in the olympiad. The criteria established by the workgroup can be found under Coordination regulations.
To keep the olympiad interesting and not to limit the students and teachers to one specific topic, INESPO has chosen to define the project in broad terms. Each of the five categories can be broadly approached. The selected categories are:
· Environment & Chemistry
· Environment & Physics
· Environment & Biology
· Environment & Geography
· Environment & Social/Civics
A project olympiad means that students work out their ideas on paper which is also followed by a concept e.g. model or design of the solution. The result for the most innovative, creative idea which can ensure for a solution of environmental problems, could be a miniature design or a collage. During the event on the olympiad exposition days on April 20 (national) and June 3 and 4 (international) the project participants must be able to explain, defend and serve their design both in theory and in practice. If necessary, participants may request audiovisual support. The language is in English and the organization does not provide a translator.