Association of swiss Science olympiads
Swiss Biology Olympiad
University of Bern

Locations / Accommodation

Opening / Closing Ceremony

The IBO week begins with the official opening ceremony on Sunday, July 14, 2013 and ends with the closing and medal ceremony on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Both events will take place in the solemn setting of the Kulturcasino Bern and are open to the public.


The jury will meet in the so called Arena of the Kursaal Bern.

Gala Dinner

In the Forum of the Kursaal Bern with its spectacular view of the old town of Bern and the Swiss Alps, the gala dinner will mark the end of our IBO week on Saturday, July 20.

Exams / Coordinators’ Meeting / Joint Student and Jury Event

The students will write both the practical and the theoretical exams on the premises of the University of Bern which will also host the annual Coordinators’ Meeting. Furthermore, Student and Jury will meet again at the University after four days of constant separation on Thursday evening, July 18, and celebrate the end of the IBO exams together.

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Accommodations during the IBO

All student participants and their guides will be sleeping in rooms with 2 or 3 beds in the Ibis Hotel or the Ibis Budget Hotel. Roommates will be separated by gender and, wherever possible, members of the same delegation will stay in the same room.

Jury members:
Given the size of Bern, the number of hotels and hotel rooms available is limited. Therefore, jury members and observers will stay in a variety of different hotels, all close together and within a maximum of 10 walking minutes or 1-2 stations by tramway to the jury room situated in the Kursaal Bern. all jury members and observers will receive a free public transport pass for the city of Bern valid during the entire IBO.
Everybody will enjoy a good middle class hotel room although some may be of a higher standard.

  • The regular room will be a double room which will be shared with people of the same gender (except otherwise requested) and preferentially from the same delegation.
  • Single rooms are available upon request and for an extra fee.
  • Budget Rate: In response to several requests, we have worked hard to offer a budget rate, only for additional jury members, which is CHF 500 cheaper than the current base rate. The lower price for this rate arises because budget guests will stay in dormitories in the Youth Hostel of Bern.

Accommodation before / after the IBO

Arrival on Saturday July 13, 2013
We arranged for hotels in Bern and at Zurich Airport who offer special prices for our guests arriving already on July 13. For further information, please login in and see the menu Arrival Day.

Earlier/longer stays in Switzerland
If you plan to arrive before Saturday July 13 or stay after Sunday July 21, the following websites might assist you when searching for accommodation.

General Websites:
Bern Tourism
Switzerland Tourism

Budget Options:
Swiss Youth Hostels (Hostelling International)
Swiss Backpackers
Bed and Breakfast in Bern
Bed and Breakfast in Switzerland
Airbnb: vacation rentals and other short-term accommodations

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