The concept of the EUSO was planned in detail from 9th to 12th April 2002 in Dublin in cooperation with the IPN
The EUSO is to especially serve 14 to 16 year old pupils, promoting their attitude for biology, chemistry and physics as well as for preparing them for the International Science Olympiads.
The first EUSO took place as a pilot project in the second week of April (6th to 13th April) 2003 in Dublin (Ireland). The main costs were assumed by the Irish Education Ministry.
Each participating nation may send a maximum of nine students, three for each Olympiad.
No purely theoretical tasks (pure knowledge tests) are to be posed. Instead two complex practical examinations are to be mastered. The examinations are to be integrative, i.e. spanning biology, chemistry and physics.
The pupils work on these tasks according to their age level in integrated teams of three persons, one from each of the three subjects.
The participants will be mainly ascertained as the winners of national secondary level one competitions. In the German Biology Olympiad these are - among others - distinguished, young candidates from the third round.
The participation at the first EUSO in Dublin was successfully for the German Team.
The EUSO will take place also in the next years.