Earth Science Olympiad Competition

Earth Science Olympiad Competition 2018

The ninth Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition (SLESOC) will be jointly organized by the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) in collaboration with the Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya. Sri Lankan school students under 19 years by 1 st July 2018 and those who have passed the G.C.E. (O/L) examination or sat for the G.C.E. (O/L) in 2017 are eligible to apply for the above competition. The competition will be organized during March, 2018. The best four students will be selected to participate at the 12 th International Earth Science Olympiad Competition in Thailand, during August 2018 (subject to availability of funds).

Details and Application

Application Deadline: 30th March, 2018


Sri Lankan Team performed very well at the Earth Science Olympiad Competition, held in France -August, 2017. 

Sri Lanka team won two Gold Medals and one Silver Medal on international team field investigation and earth science project and for the competitive individual competition won a Bronze medal at the Earth Science Olympiad Competition, Nice, France, August 2017.

Congratulations!

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Sri Lanka Earth Science Olympiad Examination 2017 was successfully held at following regional centres on 6th May, 2017.

Central Province: Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya

Uva Province: Faculty of Science and Technology, Uva Wellassa University

Wayaba Province: Maliyadewa Boys College

Southern Province: Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources, University of Ruhuna

The following students are the Top 05 among 93 total candidates.

  1. Wellappuli Arachchige Dithira Yasasvin Wellappuli (2017122), Rahula College, Mathara
  2. Abdul Azeez Umar Azad (201789), St. Anthony’s College, Kandy
  3. Rathnaweera Patabendige Kavindu Surinda (2017121), Richmond College, Galle
  4. Bhagya Kalpani Ranaweera (201775), Hillwood College, Kandy
  5. E. M. Sithmi Nimashi Edirisinghe (201754), Maliyadeva Balika Vidyalaya, Kurunegala

To View All Results, click here.

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Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition – 2016

Island-wide Examination on Sri Lanka  Earth Science Olympiad will be held on the 28th May, 2016.

Date           : Saturday 28th May, 2016

Time          : 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Province              Examination Center

Central:                 Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya

Eastern:                  1. Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University, Sammanthura

                                   2. Bt / St. Ceciliyas College, Covington Road, Batticaloa

Northern :            Dept. of Commerce, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce

                                  University of Jaffna, Thirunelvely, Jaffna

North Central:     Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences,                                              

                                   Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale

North Western:  Department of Computing & Information Systems,

                                   Wayamba University of Sri Lanka,   Kuliyapitiya,

Southern:              Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science & Technology, University of                                                                      

                                  Ruhuna, Wellamadama, Matara                                                         

Sabaragamuwa : Department of Natural Resources, Sabaragamuwa University of  Sri Lanka,              

                                   Belihuloya                                

Uva :                        Department of Science and Technology, Uva Wellassa University of                                                                      

                                   Sri Lanka, Badulla.                                               

Western:               Visakha Vidyalaya, No 133 Vajira Road, Colombo 5      

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The Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition (SLESOC) will be jointly organized by the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) in collaboration with Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya. Sri Lankan school students under 19 years by 1st July, 2016 (born after 1st July, 1997) and those who have passed the G.C.E. (O/L) examination or who sat for the G.C.E. (O/L) in 2015 are eligible to apply for the above competition. The competition test will be organized during April, 2016. Best four students will be selected to be participated at the 10th International Earth Science Olympiad competition will be held in Mie, Japan, during August 2016 (subject to availability of funds).

Olympiad Application for 2016

Competition Syllabus for 2016


Winners of the Earth Science Olympiad Competition 2015

Geological Society of Sri Lanka is the authorized professional organization for the selection of competitors from among National Schools for the International Earth Science Olympiad Competition. The selection was solely made by the results of the written test, which was prepared by University Lecturers. School children who sat for written test were nominated by the Principals of the respective schools. Based on the results of the written test the following four (04) students were selected to represent Sri Lanka for International Earth Science Olympiad Competition 2015, which will be held in Brazil from 13th -20th September 2015.

  1. Miss I. G.  Ravini Nimya Wimalasuriya – Vishaka Vidyalaya, Colombo  
  2. Mr. L. Tharindu Nirmal Wickramasinghe – Nalanda Vidyalada, Colombo
  3. Miss P. Varuni Michelle Fernando – Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo 
  4. Mr. K. A. Sachith Udara Keragala, Trinity College, Kandy

The Winners of the National Level

  1. Miss I. G.  Ravini Nimya Wimalasuriya – Vishaka Vidyalaya, Colombo  
  2. Mr. L. Tharindu Nirmal Wickramasinghe – Nalanda Vidyalada, Colombo
  3. Miss P. Varuni Michelle Fernando – Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo 

The winners of the Provincial Level

Western Province – Miss I. G.  Ravini Nimya Wimalasuriya – Vishaka Vidyalaya, Colombo

Central Province – Mr. K. A. Sachith Udara Keragala, Trinity College, Kandy

Northwestern Province – Miss H. L. D. Dhananjana, Wayamba Royal College, Kurunegala

Uva Province – Miss R.M.H. Prabodha Gunathilake, Vishaka Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Bandarawela

Southern Province – Mr. Induwara Shermin Vithanage, Rahula College, Matara

Eastern Province – Miss Muzathik Fathima Hazoora, Akkaraipattu Muslim Central College, Akkaraipattu

Winners for North, North Central, Sabaragamuwa provinces have not been selected.


 Top 11 students shortlisted for the interviews 

SLESOC-048 36 6 36 78 I. G. R. N. Wimalasuriya Vishaka Vidyalaya, Colombo 05
SLESOC-104 38 8 28 74 K. A. S. U. Keragala Trinty College , Kandy
SLESOC-209 33 7 34 74 P.V. M. Fernando Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo 08
SLESOC-258 35 6 33 74 L T. N. Wickramasingha Nalanda Collge, Colombo 10
SLESOC-105 33 7 30 70 A. S. Udawatta Mahamaya Girl’s College, Kandy
SLESOC-103 33 5 29 67 R.M.R.B. Rantunga Trinty College, Kandy
SLESOC-210 34 5 28 67 D.M.S.K. B. Dissanayake Kingwood College, Kandy
SLESOC-064 29 5 29 63 H. L. D. Dhananjana Royal College Wayamba, Kurunegala
SLESOC-093 31 4 27 62 W. B. P. Welikumbura Maliyadewa College, Kurunegala
SELSOC-276 33 4 24 61 R.M.H. Prabodha Gunathilake Vishaka Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Bandarawela
SLESOC-053 30 2 28 60 W. M. H. Hansamali Royal College Wayamba, Kurunegala

Interviews will be held on 18th July 2015 at Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya at 9 am onwards.  Kindly attend the interview on time with one of your parents.   


The Examination of Earth Science Olympiad will be held on 6th June 2015 at following examination centers from 10 to 12 am

Central  Province- Dept. of Geology, UOP, Peradeniya
Eastern Province- Faculty of Applied Sciences, SEUSL, Sammanthurai
Northern Province – Vitheeswara College, Jaffna 
North Central Province- Dept. of Phy. Sciences, Rajarata Uni., Mihinthale
North Western Province- Maliyadewa Model School, Kurunegala
Sabaragamuwa Province  – Dept. of Natural Resoureces, SUSL, Belihuloya 
Southern Province- Faculty of Fisheris and Marine Science Technology, RUSL, Matara
Uva Province- Faculty of Science & Technology, UWU, Badulla
Western Province- The Open Uni. Of Sri Lanka, Nawala- Examination Hall no 2

Kindly note, even if you have not received your admission, you would be able to sit for the examination and make sure you come to the examination center at least by 9.00 am


 Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition – 2015

Sixth Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition (SLESOC) will be jointly organized by the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) in collaboration with Department of Geology and Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya. The competition will be open to Sri Lankan school students under 19 years by 1 st July, 2015 (born after 1st July, 1996) and those who have passed the G.C.E. (O/L) examination or sat for the G.C.E. (O/L) in 2014. The competition test will be organized during April / May, 2015. Best four students will be selected to be participated at the 9 th International Earth Science Olympiad competition will be held in Brazil, during September 2015 (subject to availability of funds).

Olympiad Application for 2015


 Sri Lanka Earth Science Olympiad Competition – 2013

Fourth Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition (SLESOC) will be organized jointly by Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) in collaboration with Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya. The competition will be open to Sri Lankan school students under 18 years by 1st October, 2013 and those who obtained their G. C. E. (O/L) results by the application deadline. Applications were closed on 10th April 2013 for the competition. Best four students will be selected to be participated at the 7th International Earth Science Olympiad competition will be held in India, during 9th December 2013 (subject to availability of funds). Mr. Asvin Wickramasooriya is acting as coordinator of the programme.
The Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Committee – 2013 was appointed subjected to rectify by the Executive Committee of GSSL.

Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition – 2012

Third Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition (SLESOC) was organized jointly by Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) in collaboration with Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya. The competition was open to Sri Lankan school students under 18 years by 1st October, 2012 and those who obtained their G. C. E. (O/L) results by the application deadline. Applications were closed on 10th April 2012 for the competition. Best four students were selected to be participated at the 6th International Earth Science Olympiad competition was held in Argentina, during October 2012 (subject to availability of funds). Mr. Asvin Wickramasooriya is acting as coordinator of the programme.

Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition – 2011

Sri Lankan young Earth scientist won the bronze medal at the second Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition (SLESOC)held in the last year. GSSL wishes to congratulate the medal winner.


YES Network

The YES Network is an international association of early career geoscientists who are primarily under the age of 35 years and are from Universities, geosciences organizations and companies from across the world. The YES Network was formed as a result of international Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) 2007. Mr. Ashwin WIckramasooriya is the Sri Lanka National representative of the YES Network. More than 30 young geologists from Sri Lanka are working with YES Network to solve global environmental challenges and   further the IYPE motto of “Earth Science for Society”. for more details

 Detailed syllabus for the examination

  1. GEOSPHERE (50%) Earth’s interior Internal structure of the Earth (crust, mantle and core) Chemical composition of the Earth Oceanic and continental crust Minerals Definition of a mineral Physical properties of minerals Chemical composition of minerals Mineral resources of Sri Lanka Rocks Rock cycle Igneous rocks (classification, texture and structure) Sedimentary rocks (classification, texture and structure) Metamorphic rocks (classification, texture and structure) Sri Lankan rocks Geological processes Plate tectonics Earthquakes Volcanism Landslides Tsunami Structural geology Strike and dip of a foliation plane Faults Folds Joints and fractures Historical geology Geological time scale Principles of historical geology unconformities
  2. Biosphere (5%) Types of fossils (body fossils and trace fossils) Food cycle Features of fossils (gastropods, brachiopods, chepolopods, trilobite)
  3. Planetary System (ASTRONOMY) (10%) Relative motion between the Sun, Moon and Earth – day and The birth of the solar system Terrestrial plants – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars Outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto lunar phases, solar and lunar eclipses Comets Asteroids Satellites
  4. ATMOSPHERE (10%) Basics and Energy of the Atmosphere Composition of atmosphere vertical layers Heat transfer, radiation, solar and terrestrial radiation Albedo, energy balance Greenhouse effect Moisture, clouds, humidity and precipitation Cloud identification and classification Weather maps, weather systems and patterns Cyclones and hurricanes Precipitation (rainfall) patterns El Niño Climate patterns and classification
  5. HYDROSPHERE (15%) Hydrological cycle Drainage patterns Floods Water temperature, water depth, water density Water chemistry (dissolved oxygen, salinity, hardness) Water pollution Ocean water and sea level change Ocean current and tidal activities Wave height, speed, period, length
  6. Geography (10%) Geomorphological features / landform (in land and sea) Geomorphological processes (running water, wind, glaciers, coastal) Rock weathering Erosion (by running water, wind glaciers, coast) Soil profile Major soil types Topographic map.

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