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MiSAC UK Annual Competition 2024 competition:
Neglected Tropical Diseases and Climate Change
A competition was introduced in 1985 in the UK to enhance student interest in microbiology. It became an annual event in 1994 and the MiSAC Annual Competition for Key Stages 3 and 4 (or equivalent) now attracts up to 2,000 student entries each year.

Each year, the topic chosen for the competition in the UK is linked to the National Curriculum. Special sponsorship provides money prizes totalling £1,240 for students and their schools. Each student entrant receives a certificate.

In 2014, the experience gained over the years by organising the UK competition helped in the development of the first mycology competition for schools in Thailand. In subsequent years, further competitions have been held for students in Thailand and China.

In 2024, the International Association for the Future Stem Workforce (IAFSW) https://www.iafsw.org approached MiSAC to initiate collaboration in running a joint annual competition in the UK and in E & SE Asia. Asian students will enter the same competition as their UK counterparts, although there will be minor differences. Their entries will be considered on a par with those in the UK, with winning students' names and entries being displayed on both MiSAC and IAFSW web sites. For details of the collaboration, click on the link to International Competitions in Asia

Previous UK competitions

International Competitions in Asia



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2024 competition:
Entry Form

MiSAC has designed a special Word file entry form to download to your computer. Complete this by typing your school details and students' names for the KS3 (S1/2 in Scotland) &/or KS4 (S3/4 in Scotland) competition. You can then print the completed form for submission along with the students' entries. Click the image below to download the entry form.

Blue tongue virus Pseudomonas fluorescens Oxytricha sp. Penicillium chrysogenum Microasterias sp.
Blue tongue virus   Pseudomonas fluorescens   Oxytricha sp   Penicillium chrysogenum   Microasterias sp

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