International Natural Sciences Tournament 2024

Every year bright young scientists gather at the International Natural Sciences Tournament (INST) to generate new scientific ideas and stand up for their own ideas during dynamic scientific polemics. The Tournament helps to form collaborations between participants, scientific experts, and industry. The main goal of the competition is to teach students how to apply their knowledge to solve current practical scientific and industrial problems.

What is INST and who can participate?

The INST is a team competition for current undergraduate students (any year of study) and students getting Bachelor’s or Master’s diplomas in 2024. Students should study one of the following specializations: Chemistry, Material Science, Physics, Biology, Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, Engineering, or related areas. The team should 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 team may consist of participants from different universities and countries.

Why do you need to participate in INST?

Serious science linked to modern worldwide challenges. We offer a wide range of tasks with real biological, medical, chemical, physical, and other challenges. Participants deepen their knowledge in natural sciences, improve their problem-solving skills, and enforce an image of science as a universal tool to solve modern societal issues.

Polemics. During INST, participants not only have to present and defend their task solutions but oppose the solutions of other teams. That way, students gain valuable experience in scientific discussions in a competitive way.

Networking. Throughout the Tournament, students have the opportunity to meet like-minded students, researchers, and industry representatives to form a supportive community and facilitate idea-sharing through countries and continents.

Watch the video about INST 2020 to see how it was then

How to participate?

The Tournament consists of the Extramural round, and the Grand final (or as it was called it Intramural round earlier). In each round, the team will solve a number of current industrial and scientific problems.

  • To participate in the Grand final of INST, the team should try its best and present clear and outstanding solutions to 2 out 3 the Extramural round problems in suggested formats via account. The deadlines for this year's Extramural round are May 12, 2024 (first wave), and June 30, 2024 (second wave). The best teams will be selected for participation in the Grand final.
  • The team-winners of the Qualifying rounds of INST are invited to participate in the Grand final without taking part in the Extramural round. Qualifying rounds are the tournaments, which are held in different regions. Due to the day, the INST has the Qualifying round — Natural Sciences Tournament (CIS region).

Where is the INST held?

The Extramural round of INST is an online competition, the team just needs to submit their solutions of the Extramural round problems as is required.

The information about venues of the Qualifying rounds is published on their official web pages.

The Grand final of INST is held in different countries every year. This year the Grand final will be held in Yerevan, Armenia. To read more information about INST, please visit our About page.

What about organizing fees?

  • Participation in the Extramural round is free of charge.
  • The information about organizing fees of the Qualifying rounds is published on their official web pages.
  • The Organizing fee for the Grand final for participants of the first and second waves will be announced later.

This will provide the organization of the Grand final and the prizes for the winners of the Tournament. Please, pay attention that the participation fee is not refunded.

Important documents

Please, check our framework documents to know more about our Tournament

More questions?

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