YOUNG PEOPLE AND BIOS
Annual Youth Bios-Olympiad in St. Petersburg
Bios belongs to the young, and young
people from around Russia and other Eastern European countries participated
with great enthusiasm in the Fifth Annual Youth Bios Olympiad, held
in St. Petersburg, September 22-25. This timely initiative was organised
by B.I.O., in collaboration with the Ecological Club for Post-Graduates,
Students and Schoolchildren of the Baltic/Ladoga Region, and the city
and regional authorities of St. Petersburg. Thanks to the unwavering
efforts of Professor Alexander Shishkin, Head of the Ecological Standardisation
Laboratory at the St. Petersburg State Technological University for
Plant Polymers, the Fifth Annual Youth Bios Olympiad enjoyed great
Some of the titles of this year's projects included:
The Youth Bios Olympiads, launched by B.I.O. in 1996, give children and young adults the opportunity to develop their skills and creative thinking in relation to the bio-environment. They are challenged to identify and discuss environmental problems, and to propose solutions based on education and training. They also learn about the role and limitations of international environmental organisations and institutions, and study the development of environmental awareness in society.
Within the framework of the Youth Bios Olympiads, participants study environmental concerns, as well as guidelines and criteria for the bio-assessment and bio-control of production processes, cultural and social development and education. Participants also focus on environmental research, as well as on the exchange of environmental information and know-how. The Youth Bios Olympiads also promote bio-culture and bio-athletics.
The four-day schedule of events of the Fifth Youth Bios Olympiad was full of exciting and constructive activities, including a scientific youth conference on Biopolitics and the bio-environment themed "Youth and Democracy." The schedule also included a poster contest, athletic competitions, visits to St. Petersburg's cultural sites, concerts and theatrical performances. The Bios Olympiad concluded with an awards ceremony for excellence in:
In addition to the Youth Bios Olympiads, Bios Schools also take place annually in St. Petersburg.