QE biologist to represent UK in international competition

Year 13 QE student Vasanth Sritharan has been selected to represent the UK in this year’s International Biology Olympiad (IBO). Vasanth was awarded a Gold Medal for his performance at the British Biology Olympiad and is one of only four UK students selected for the international competition in Chinese Taipei in July.

Commending Vasanth’s achievement, Headmaster John Marincowitz said “We have had occasional International Olympiad successes before – though not in Biology – but they are very rare and all the more impressive for that.”

More than 2,800 students took part in the British Biology Olympiad, which is supported by The Biology Society and is an annual competition for post-16 students. It aims to challenge and stimulate gifted students with an interest in Biology and extend their knowledge and talents.

The IBO, which is underwritten by UNESCO, seeks to challenge, by both theory and practical tests, some of the top pre-university biology students in the world, with 60 countries taking part. One important aspect of the event is the bringing together of young people from over the world in an open, friendly and peaceful environment.