About INST

International Natural Sciences Tournament

INST is active and challenging competition in natural sciences between young scientists. Undergraduate and Master's students compete with each other in applied Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, and Pharmaceuticals. The global mission of the INST is to give students the possibility to believe in themselves and come up with the idea that their knowledge can change the world. The local mission of the INST is to change the educational system in a better way, to help everyone present their ideas clearly, and defend them correctly. For more information, please refer to our presentation about INST:


Science tournaments started to develop in Saint Petersburg at the 2000s. The first tournament for school students was organized in 2000. The second one took place in 2001 and after that, there was a 5-year break. Only in 2006, tournament activity started again in Saint Petersburg. The organizing committee headed by student Sergey Safonov started a new age of science tournaments in Russia. In 2006-2009, there only was a local chemical tournament for school students. In 2010, the first university students tournament started. The name International Natural Sciences Tournament (INST) was invented in 2011, and from that year student tournaments became not only international but also interdisciplinary. Every year International Natural Sciences Tournament attracts brightest minds from different countries. Students from more than 25 countries participated in the Tournament of all time: Indonesia, India, Russia, Malaysia, Ukraine, Portugal, Belarus, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, Italy, Poland, USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Serbia, UK, Spain, Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia, Lebanon, and South Africa. 

Geography of the Tournament participants

Winners of INSTs

KNU, Kyiv National University (captain - Alexandra Souvorova)
KNU, Kyiv National University (captain - Konstantyn Nifantiev)
NSU-1, Novosibirsk State University (captain - Ivan Serbin)
SPbU, Saint-Petersburg State University (captain - Anastasia Ananyan)
ChemTeam, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Saint Petersburg State University (captain - Bogdan Sakhnevich)
Chuck-chuck Norris, Kazan Federal University (captain - Mikhail Yagofarov)
KiasuNUSPS, National University of Singapore (captain - Tan Jin Hui)
Micks, National University of Singapore (captain - Kim Mu Youngi)
UFS, University of the Free State (captain - Shaun Redgard)
NS. United, Novosibirsk State University (captain - Rodion Ivaschenko)
Benthos, Nanyang Technological University (captain - Wei Bin How)


A list of cities where INST took place

Short Rules

INST is a team competition for current undergraduate students and students getting Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma in 2024. A team, participating in the Tournament, should consist of 3–5 people. Students should have one of the following specializations: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, or Engineering. The team members should choose a captain amongst themselves. The captain is the leader of the team during the Tournament and is responsible for interacting with the Organizing committee and the Jury board. The team can be supported by a coach, a person with a completed Master’s degree (graduated no later than mid-2023, otherwise he/she will not be able to participate as a Jury member) or higher.

The Tournament consists of Extramural round (online) and Grand final (offline). To participate in the Grand final, participants need to qualify in the Extramural round. The Extramural round problems are available on the website, where participants have to register and upload their solutions. You can also assess Grand final through Qualifying rounds. This year tournament includes Qualifying round:

- Natural Sciences Tournament (CIS region) is traditionally held in Saint Petersburg State University.

The Grand final consists of a number of cycles. A cycle is a complete set of 3 or 4 challenges in one section depending on a number of teams in the section. A challenge is a sequence of actions in discussing a single problem. Three teams take part in a challenge: the reporting team, the opposing team and the reviewing team. During the challenge, participants are prohibited from using any information sources (literature, laptops, tablets, e-books, mobile phones, etc.). In one cycle, every team acts once as a Speaker, once as an Opponent, and once as a Reviewer. Participants should be creative, confident and be able to uphold their variants of solving industrial problems to others. The scheme of the Grand final is presented below.

To get more information about the rules, please read the Rules&Regulations.


Some photos from the past Tournaments


Our previous sponsors and partners

Media about us

Legal information

Name of organization: International Natural Sciences Tournament MTÜ

Legal form: Non-profit organization

Address: Harju maakond, Tallinn, Nõmme linnaosa, Rännaku pst 12, 10917

Registry code: 80560049