The International Science Olympiads (ISO) also known as the Knowledge Olympics are a group of international competitions in the fields of science and technology. The competitions are participated by the students of the world in the secondary school (which is equivalent to senior high school in Japan).

 The ISO aim to select the best and brightest students in science an and give them the opportunity to develop their talents and deepen international exchange and understanding between nations. The ISO are held in the subject areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, informatics, biology, geography and earth science.

 The ISO is held annually, hosted in turn by participating countries. This 2016 International Geography Olympiad was hosted by Japan.

 MEXT, through the Japan Science and Technology Agency, has been participating in ISO competitions since 2004. MEXT also assists the executing organization upon participating in the competitions, in selecting students from Japan and upon hosting an ISO in Japan.

 The 2018 International Olympiad in Informatics, the 2021 International Chemistry Olympiad, and the 2022 Physics Olympiad are scheduled to be hosted by Japan.

 Results from 2016 ISO

(Knowledge Infrastructure Policy Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau)