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The IV Kazakhstan Olympiad of young geologists

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The Olympiad of young geologists in Kazakhstan has become a traditional event for organizers, as well as for its participants - students who have already decided on the choice of future profession – a geologist.

For the first time in Kazakhstan the Olympiad of young geologists took place in Ust-Kamenogorsk in 2010, it was a relatively small Olympiad with the participation of seven teams. Then in 2012 the Second Olympiad already started in Kostanay. The number of teams has increased to ten. The third Kazakhstan Olympiad of young geologists, which took place in 2014, was a record in all respects.  

The number of participants increased. The project has gained not only a public, but also an international importance. 20 teams from Kazakhstan’s regions and 6 teams from neighboring countries took an active part in this event. The Olympiad opening coincided with the 18th session of CIS Intergovernmental Council for exploration, use and protection of earth bowels in Almaty.

Participants took part in the opening ceremony of the Olympiad and appreciated the organizers of the meeting. It was noted that the holding of such competitions helps to promote the profession of geologist and to creation a reserve of students for  universities and colleges. 

A lot of children after the Olympiad have established themselves in their choice of profession. 

After the Olympiad many towns and even villages started to open clubs of young geologists. It took palace in Uralsk, Karaganda, Astana, Aktau, Aktobe, Kyzylorda.

This year, the 4th Kazakhstan Olympiad of young geologists will be held from 5 to 14 August 2016 in the children's health center "Zvezdnyi" of Shchuchinsk-Borovoye resort area, which will bring together teams from all regions of Kazakhstan, as well as teams from Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Belarus.

The opening ceremony of the Olympiad will be held on August 6, 2016.

The main goals and objectives of the Olympiad of young geologists are popularization of geology as a science and its practical importance, professional orientation of young people, increasing students' interest in the study of geological sciences, to identify and support gifted children. 

According to the program young geologists will compete in different disciplines of geology, particularly paleontology, hydrology, radiometry, mineralogy and petrography, geology of minerals and so on. In addition, there will be numerous cultural and sporting events, amateur performances, drawing competitions and photo competitions.

The Corporate Fund “Zhas geologist” (the “Young Geologist”) became one of the main organizers of the Olympiad with the support of the Ministry for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the “Kazgeology”  National Exploration Company.

The Corporate Fund “Zhas geologist" actively cooperates with all regions and works on the development of the movement of young geologists, supports newcomers and keeps the experience of older generations. So at the local level, many regions have already held their local competitions, thus choosing the strongest participants to the national gatherings, thereby improving competition and competitive spirit of Olympic geologists. 

In August 2015, in Tyumen city has passed the 10th All-Russian Olympiad of young geologists.

The team from Kazakhstan ranked first place among the CIS and far abroad teams.


In September 2015, the young geologists for the first time took part in the International Olympiad of young geologists IESO 2015 in Brazil. The Kazakhstan team brought a bronze medal. 

Such events have a huge impact on training of a new generation of geologists. Undoubtedly professional orientation in geological sector is an important step from the state and society in popularization of geological sciences, because today we need good professionals.