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Wednesday21 February 2018

Terms and conditions regarding payment

·         Registration is a non-refundable fee of USD10 per project (for international applicants), and Ksh. 100 for local applicants (applicants from Kenya). The application fee must be paid before the application deadline. All applicants must pay the registration fee. Projects without an registration fee will not be considered for evaluation.

·         When confirming participation for a finalist project, a fee of USD205 is charged for every person (supervisor, student, guests etc.) who will attend the Golden Climate Olympiad. This fee is paid to guarantee your place at the Golden Climate Olympiad. The fee covers airport transfers, accommodation and all meals during their stay at the event. Participation fee is only applicable to finalist projects and must be paid latest by 20th March. Those who do not want to pay this fee can still participate. They will be charged USD 50 per project, to cover administrative costs and guarantee their place at the Olympiad. They will however be expected to make their own arrangements for transport and accommodation. Lunch will be provided in the school during the exhibition and awards ceremony.



·         In case a supervisor has already made a participation payment for a project but wishes to cancel participation for whatever reason, the supervisor is entitled to a 50% refund of the cost paid per person. The other 50% will be retained by GCIEPO to cover administrative and other facilitation costs. 100% refund will ONLY be issued in the event that there was an extra payment or an over-payment of the participation fee. All refunds will be made via the same mode of payment used. For local applicants there is no participation fee.

General Rules

·In all aspects of scientific research, the researcher must maintain integrity.

·Researchers must avoid any scientific misconduct or fraud, such as falsifying data or records, and piracy or plagiarism (presenting the work of another researcher as one’s own).

·All competitors and supervisors have to communicate in English well enough to present their projects.

·A maximum of two students may present a project.

·Students may register more than one project each year to increase their chances of reaching the finals. However, only one project can be selected for the finals.

·The same project cannot be submitted twice in different years without any progress since its first submission. Any progress has to be pointed out in the new application.

·All students must attend the GCIEPO with an adult supervisor (a teacher or a parent).

·Registration is compulsory. It should be filled by the supervisor of the project, using the GCIEPO website(www.goldenclimate.com) to provide school and student information.

·The final application requires you to submit a double-spaced research paper with a maximum of 15 (fifteen) pages; including abstract, introduction, goals, methods, results, discussion, and a conclusion.

·The GCIEPO Judging Committee will decide which applicants will participate in the finals.

·Supervisors should obtain parental consent forms for each student who competes at the GCIEPO Parental consent forms must be submitted to GCIEPO at the registration desk.


·For Junior Category students the project does not have to be strictly environmental. General sciences projects are also acceptable.



·GCIEPO comprises 6 categories namely Energy, Engineering, Environment, Environmental Design, Agriculture and Junior Category for Primary Schools. During Registration, each project should be registered under the given categories in accordance to where the project fits.



Rules for Competitors

·Every participating group will have their own stand.


·A table will be provided for every project. Points will be awarded for the overall arrangement and neatness of the stands.


·Students should come to the competition with pre-printed materials to prepare their stands and should ensure that the materials fit in the space provided as shown in the illustration below.


·Your posters should include at least the following sections: Introduction, Objectives, Findings and Discussion, Conclusion, and References.


· In the year 2017, presentation will not be done from presentation rooms as has been the case before. All project presentations will be done from the stands. The presentation procedure for the projects will be as follows. A team of judges will go round the stands at the exhibition arena. They will listen to project presentations from the participants, ask questions and assign marks as necessary for each project. Participants are allowed a maximum of 15 minutes per team for the presentation, questions and answers. No one except the participants is allowed near the project stand during the judging of the project.


·Students are advised to bring multiple copies of their final research paper to distribute to curious jury members and flyers or leaflets on the same to hand over to curious viewers.

·No cell phones are allowed during the judging period.


What The Research Paper should include

·The research paper should include:


oAn abstract (less than 200 words)

oAn introduction (with a summary of the literature)

oA section stating the goal of the project

oA section on the methods used to achieve the goal

oA results and discussion section

oA conclusion, and

oA list of References.

·The research paper should be a maximum of 15(fifteen) pages, double-spaced, and should include, in a header on every page, the student’s last and the first name, and country. An acceptable font size is 11 or 12 for Calibri or Arial. Page margins should be one inch or more (2.5 cm) from each side. Acceptable file formats for the research paper are “doc”and “docx” (Word 97-2008), “PDF”.


Items Not Allowed

·The following items will not be allowed: microbial cultures or fungi (live or dead); displays of live animals, preserved vertebrate animals, whether in whole or part (this includes humans); open or concealed flames, matches, or lighters; hazardous chemicals; highly combustible solids, fluids, or gases; sharp items (syringes, needles, knives); controlled substances; and radioactive material.

·Proper procedures must be followed in regard to human subjects. When human subjects are used in research (including survey research), they have to be fully informed of any risks and have to give consent to the procedures, in possession of full knowledge of the risks (this is known as informed consent).

·Informed consent should be obtained for all minors and for adults when more than minimal risk is involved in participating in the project. Minimal risk is defined as the probability of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research.


·By participating in the GCIEPO, you agree to abide by all the rules and regulations and to conduct yourself in a manner that respects the same. These rules and regulations are subject to change at the discretion of the Golden Climate Organizing Committee without prior notification.