A Warm Welcome to Hessen!

Germany is a federal democracy with 16 independent states and education being a state matter. We are pleased that the state of Hessen agreed to host this event in Frankfurt am Main, where you can feel the pulse of innovation and development in research and international commerce. We feel honoured that Prime Minister of Hessen Volker Bouffier as well as Minister Prof. Dr. R. Alexander Lorz warmly welcome you to the 17th International Junior Science Olympiad in Frankfurt:


The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) will take place in Hessen from the 2nd to the 12th of December 2020.
Hessen warmly welcomes students and their mentors from more than 50 countries from all over the world to join the 2020 Olympiad.

Our state has not only magnificent institutions of higher education but is also home to many highly competitive research facilities. We see the promotion of education, research and the sciences as the most important investment in our future.

The Hessen state government is aware of the significance of the Natural Sciences in the biographies of young people, ranging from their general education in schools to all aspects of their daily life. This is why Frankfurt, a city at the heart of the European Union, the largest city in Hessen and the fifth largest in Germany, is very honoured to host the 17th IJSO.

The International Junior Science Olympiad in Frankfurt is an educational event that will challenge, inspire and encourage talented students to develop their skills and scientific competencies in the Natural Sciences. It will also help students to reach out and find like-minded colleagues and friends from around the world. Last but not least, by joining the Olympiad students will have the chance to experience one of Europe‘s most international and vibrant cities.

So, enjoy discovering what Frankfurt and Hessen have to offer!
We wish you all the best and good luck.

Volker Bouffier
Prime Minister of Hessen

Prof. Dr. R. Alexander Lorz
Hessian Minister of Education
and Religious Affairs