The INESPO (International Environment & Sustainability Project Olympiad) is an international olympiad that was first organized nationally on May 16, 2009. Since 2010, the olympiad has extended to an international level with over 45 different countries participating every year.

In 2016, the 8th INESPO event was held at a national level on April 9 and for international participants (and the winners of the national round) from May 29 to June 3.

The date and venue for the 9th edition of INESPO in 2017 will be announced later.

Protection of the environment is essential to the quality of life of both present and future generations. The challenge is to combine this with a permanent and lasting economic growth. However, climate change only makes it more challenging. The environmental policy of the European Union is based on the conviction that stringent environmental norms can form a stimulus for innovation and can offer new opportunities for businesses. Furthermore, the environmental policy has to be interwoven with economic, social and industrial policies. Europeans consider their environment quite important.

Euro barometer polls show that a large majority (more than 70%) wants policy makers to balance environmental policy with economic and social policies. As individuals, Europeans are ready to support environmental policy, but they would do even more if they have better information about environmental options that costs little to nothing. Furthermore, they need to be convinced that their co-citizens do the same so their precautions are not in vain. The Cosmicus Foundation strongly believes in this and therefore wants to make the younger generation more aware of its contribution to the environment by introducing simple and practical scientific educational projects. The international Olympiad will be the stage where the future generation practices its knowledge and love for science by contributing to a solution for different environmental issues. After all, the earth gets affected more and more due to human interference and if we do not take action soon, the consequences will be devastating.

INESPO is intended for students between 13 and 18 years from secondary/high schools and vmbo-, havo- and vwo-schools in the Netherlands. By organizing INESPO, the Cosmicus Foundation, IVN, DuurzaamDoor, NPOINT and the GLOBE Nederland want to bring attention to environmental problems in schools across the Netherlands. Their goal is to involve students in this important matter and bring communal consensus on social environmental values and to eventually eliminate the environmental problems through education.

All projects that meet the listed requirements can participate in the Olympiad. However, there will be a preliminary elimination round due to the large amount of registrations. The full criteria established by the work group can be found under Regulations.


Cosmicus Foundation.
The Cosmicus Foundation is the initiator of INESPO and is an intercultural organization which organizes educational, cultural, social and scientific activities. Cosmicus Foundation constituted eight student associations, two secondary schools and four primary schools. Furthermore, the Cosmicus Foundation publishes an opinion magazine four times a year, is involved in diversity projects and organizes networking and cultural trips.

Globe Nederland
Al Gore founded GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) to initiate a special educational program concerned with progress in science and environment. Over 25.000 students from 111 countries collect and share data to aid scientific research conducted by renowned scientists. Because the data is collected on the internet it is accessible to researchers all around the world.

Since 2000IVN has managed to involve 20.000 students in the issue of sustainability with its ‘Schools for Sustainability’ program. IVN lets the students think up solutions for real sustainability issues commissioned by businesses and organizations. Furthermore, IVN organizes various local and regional events annually.

DuurzaamDoor promotes sustainability in education in commission of the Dutch government. DuurzaamDoor supports a good embedding of sustainability in education through networks like Sustainable PABO, Sustainable Secondary Vocational Education and Sustainable Higher Education.

NPOINT is the Dutch Platform for Education, Innovation and Talent Development. It is a partnership of 21 different education centres, with approximately 400 employees. These centres carry out regional activities in the field of talent development, weekend training and educational events.