Perse student wins silver medal in International Biology Olympiad
9 Aug 2021
Neil Sardesai (Upper Sixth) has won a silver medal after competing in the International Biology Olympiad, where he represented the UK along with three other young people.
Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s competition took place online at a meeting room in London, where competition organisers were on-hand to officiate.
A delighted Neil said: “I studied quite hard to prepare for the competition, so I’m completely thrilled with a silver medal. I also had great fun meeting the three other members of the UK Team in person, as well as meeting competitors from across the world in our virtual zoom get-togethers. I’m so pleased I was selected to represent the UK and learned a lot from the whole experience.”
During the competition students took part in two 3 hour exams. One of these exams was a theoretical practical exam, while the other was a theory exam. They tested a wide range of topics, including animal physiology, structure of different types of plants, genetics, ecology, bioinformatics and biochemistry to name a few.
Neil was selected to represent the UK after earning Gold in the first stage of the British Biology Olympiad.
Neil, who co-authored an article on mapping variations in nerve anatomy in a prestigious medical journal last year, was thrilled to have earned a place in the UK team.