The European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO) is a team-based science competition for the European Union's youth where they can display their capabilities in natural sciences. EUSO was founded in 2003 where it included only a few nations, but over the years it has expanded so that today almost all countries in the EU are participating in the olympiad. Each participating country sends two three-student teams to the final round, which takes place during one week every year in different countries within the EU.
Portugal is going to held the EUSO 2019 that will take place in the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT NOVA), Campus of Caparica,in Almada, from May 4 to May 11. Our country participates in this competition since 2008, in that year as an Observer, and having participated from 2009 to 2018 as a full participation, with a delegation of two teams of students, of 3 students each, in accordance with the regulations of this competition. It should be noted that one of the teams participating in EUSO 2018 was awarded with a gold medal and the other with silver medal. In 2017 was awarded a silver medal, in 2016 one of the teams won a gold medal, in 2013 one of the teams won a medal of silver and in 2012 the two Portuguese teams obtained silver medals.
The two-part competition is spread over two days and the duration of each task is four hours. Each task is a practical activity incorporating elements of biology, chemistry and physics. The tasks are designed to connect the branches of science, provide relevant and inquiry-based challenges, engage all team members, support self-pacing, prompt higher-order and creative thinking, and encourage substantive communication.
This competition differs from other science olympiads in three ways:
1.the participants are 16 years of age or younger on December 31st prior to the competition,
2.it is a team competition,
3.the skills in three areas – biology, chemistry and physics – are tested.