National Environmental Olympiad 2013

Waste to Energy: Transforming the Renewable Energy Future of Bangladesh

The Challenge

What is NEO?

The National Earth Olympiad aims to create awareness about interconnected environmental issues among the younger generation and to nurture the talents of young Bangladeshi high school students for environmental leadership.

Who is eligible?

Any school/college student enrolled in class 8 to class 12 is eligible to participate.

Why you should apply?

  • Know about local and global environmental challenges.
  • Learn to lead action within your community.
  • Become a part of the nationwide NEO Alumni Network.

Organized by

Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative

Divisional Round

Final Round

30th May, 2014
Independent University Bangladesh, Dhaka


To do well in first round, we highly recommend participants read all the materials provided in the resource sections.


1. Who is eligible?
Any school/college student enrolled in class 8 to class 12 is eligible to participate. However, according to International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) rules and regulations, previous medals winners at the IESO are not eligible to participate.
2. How can I participate if NEO is not taking place in my district?
NEO'14 will be taking place in Bogra, Barisal, Comilla, Chittagong, Dhaka, Jessore, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, and Sylhet. You can register and participate under any of the above districts which is nearby to you.
3. Can private candidates, SSC/HSC, O/A level appeared examinees participate?
4. What is the application process?
Register online at or register through the NEO Ambassador in you school.
5. What preparations should you take to excel?
To do well in 1st round, you should read all the materials provided in the resource sections. The content of the questions for 1st round will be mostly based on the book "High School Earth Science" from wikibooks (link has been provided in the resources page). Check the syllabus and sample questions as well.
6. What is the language for NEO question paper?
Questions will be in English but translation of necessary terminology will be provided as well.
7. What are the details of the Green Day Training (GDT)?
The top participants from each division will have the opportunity to participate in GDT in the following day after the NEO exam. The participants will be provided knowledge on interconnected environmental issues through simulation, games and puzzle. The participants will also be introduced with the basic concept of leadership and tools necessary to exercise leadership.
8. What are the details of the travel to Spain? What is the duration of each event?
The 8th International Earth Science Olympiad will take place in Magdalena Palace, Spain on September 22-29, 2014.
9. If a participant is selected for the national round, would they be given the travel allowance? Would they get accommodation?
No, participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangement.
10. Would all the participants get NEO certificates?
There will be certificate of participation for all, special certificate of recognition and awards for top 20-25 participants from each division.


National Committee

  • Dr. M Shamsher Ali

    Dr. M Shamsher Ali
    Chair, NEO Advisory Board
    Immediate Past President, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences.

  • Ms. Afia Akhtar

    Ms. Afia Akhtar
    President, Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID)

  • Dr. Ahmad Shamsul Islam

    Dr. Ahmad Shamsul Islam
    Fellow, World Islamic Academy of Sciences

  • Dr. Ainun Nishat

    Dr. Ainun Nishat
    Vice Chancellor, BRAC University

  • Dr. Atiq Rahman

    Dr. Atiq Rahman
    Executive Director, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies

  • Dr. ATM Nurul Amin

    Dr. ATM Nurul Amin
    Professor, North South University

  • Dr. Charisma F. Chowdhury

    Dr. Charisma F. Chowdhury
    Assistant Professor, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

  • Dr. Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed

    Dr. Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed
    Project Coordinator, PKSF

  • Dr. Haseena Khan

    Dr. Haseena Khan
    Professor, University of Dhaka

  • Dr. Kazi Matin Ahmed

    Dr. Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed
    Professor, Department of Geology, University of Dhaka

  • Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal

    Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal
    Dean, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Dhaka

  • Dr. Nasreen Ahmad

    Dr. Nasreen Ahmad
    Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka

  • Dr. Nowshad Amin

    Dr. Nowshad Amin
    Professor, National University of Malaysia

  • Dr. Omar Rahman

    Dr. Omar Rahman
    VC, Independent University Bangladesh

  • Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury

    Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury
    Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Committee on Climate Change and Environment.

  • Dr. Saleemul Huq

    Dr. Saleemul Huq
    Director, International Center for Climate Change and Development

  • Ms. Syeda Rizwana Hasan

    Ms. Syeda Rizwana Hasan
    CEO,Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association

  • Dr. Younus Ahmed Khan

    Dr. Younus Ahmed Khan
    Professor, Rajshahi University

  • Dr. Zeba I. Seraj

    Dr. Zeba I. Seraj
    Professor, University of Dhaka

Join as a NEO Ambassador

Anyone studying in class 9 to 11 is eligible to apply. Application must be submitted before the respective divisional exam date and will be considered on a rolling basis. NEO Ambassadors will primarily carry out the responsibility of informing and registering students from their respective institutions.

Apply for Ambassadorship

Past NEOs

The Organizer

Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative is established as a youth nonprofit organisation working to raise environmental awareness, build youth capacity, and nurture the next generation of leaders for socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development of Bangladesh.

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