Preparations have been finalized for the 34th International Biology Olympiad, which will be hosted by the UAE Ministry of Education at the UAE University in Al Ain from July 2 to July 10, 2023.

The announcement was made by Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, the President of the 34th International Biology Olympiad and the Assistant Undersecretary for the Care and Capacity Building Sector at the Ministry of Education, along with Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad, Associate Deputy for Scientific Research at UAE University.

This prestigious event will see the participation of at least 320 students from 80 countries, accompanied by 300 jury members. The Olympiad aims to identify talented students in the field of biology from around the world, fostering international scientific collaborations and research partnerships. It also plays a crucial role in nurturing future leaders in life sciences.

During a press conference held at the UAE University, Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi highlighted the UAE's distinguished global position and its successful track record in hosting significant international events. She emphasized that the country's exceptional organizational capabilities, coupled with the support of its wise leadership, have made it an attractive destination for hosting such events.

The hosting of the International Biology Olympiad aligns with the UAE's strategic objectives to advance scientific fields, promote scientific research and innovation, attract global talent, and enhance its global competitiveness. Dr. Al Shamsi emphasized the importance of this edition being hosted in an Arab country, marking a milestone in the region's participation.

It is worth noting that this is the second World Olympiad hosted by the UAE, following the successful implementation of the Junior Science Olympiad in December 2021 in a hybrid format.

The UAE University collaborated extensively with organizational efforts, and around 200 postgraduate students and university professors received training to ensure the smooth implementation of theoretical and practical tests. Additionally, 200 volunteers were trained to provide necessary organizational support, highlighting the UAE society's commitment to community participation and dedication to serving the nation.

An educational conference focusing on "Green Education" and strategies to address climate change will be organized alongside the Olympiad, further highlighting the UAE's commitment to sustainability and empowering future generations.

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Murad, Associate Provost for Research at the UAE University, expressed appreciation for the Ministry of Education's role in strengthening the UAE's international reputation through hosting the International Biology Olympiad. He highlighted the university's aspiration to become a comprehensive research institute, passing on scientific knowledge and empowering youth while preserving a legacy that encompasses sustainability and scientific concepts. Photo by Emad Alsharif 88, Wikimedia commons.