ClimateScience Olympiad 2021


Creative Ideas Tech & IT

Location (s):

  • Online
  • United Kingdom
Depending on the COVID-19 situation in Nov 2021, the final will be conducted in-person in Glasgow, UK or online.


Find solutions to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). $10,000 prize pool.


1. Qualifiers

Register until 1st Aug 2021. Online & In person. 10,000 competitors

Compete in teams of 2 (recommended) or on your own. Teams can apply together. Individual applicants are, if they wish for it, matched up with a teammate by us.

In a qualifier, you choose one of three problem statements to respond to. To help you prepare, you are told the topics 10 days before the event, but the exact problem statement is only revealed at the start of the actual qualifier event.

Then you have 3 hours to research (with internet connection) and write essay responses to questions related to the problem statement. ClimateScience will score each team's solution.

In-person qualifiers are organised locally (in e.g. university venues). Online qualifiers are held regionally too.

There are over 500 qualifiers in 2021.

2. Semi Finals

September 2021. Online. Top 500

The top 5% of all qualifier participants advance to the global semi finals. Semi finals are held online.

Semi finalists, are invited to a community education program that helps them prepare for the semi final (and final).

3. The Final

November 2021.In person. Top 50

If you make it to the final, you have essentially won already. Why?

Depending on the COVID-19 situation in Nov 2021, the final will be conducted in-person in Glasgow, UK or online. If in-person, finalists will also be invited to the United Nations Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, UK.

On top of that, the top 3 teams split the prize pool of $10,000 (USD) with $5,000 for 1st place, $3,000 for 2nd, and $2,000 for 3rd.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Who can participate?

We host two age brackets: 14-17 and 18-25. If you are in one of those at the time of registration, you are eligible regardless of nationality or other factors.

Both members of a team must be within the same age bracket at the time of application. We will require proof-of-age from everyone who makes it to the semi-finals.

Both age brackets participate in the same qualifiers and answer the same type of problem statements. However, we only compare participants within their age groups. This means we score the two brackets independently and normalise them within each other. Semi-finalists, finalists and eventually the winners are then chosen based on the highest normalised score across age groups. This ensures fair comparison regardless of age.


Deadline: August 01, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

What can I win?

  • Winners: The top 3 teams win US$5,000, US$3,000 and US$2,000, respectively. The prize money is split half/half between the two team members or awarded in full in case the winner participated on their own.
  • Finalists: If there's no more pandemic, finalists will meet in person and attend the 'Green zone' of the United Nations Climate Summit (COP-26) in Glasgow on Nov 1-12, 2021. We are applying for finalists to also get a chance to enter the zone where political conversations happen and will post an update on this by April 2021.
  • Semi-finalists: You are invited to a ClimateScience-led training group to help you prepare for the semi-final and, if you proceed, for the final.
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