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2020 GLOBE

International Virtual Science Symposium

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** The IVSS Team is now going through each project and will be publishing the projects over the next few days.
Posted 16 March 2020. ** 



Projects for 2020 are due on 10 March 2020!

GLOBE is excited to host the 2020 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS)! The IVSS is a way for primary through undergraduate students from all GLOBE countries to showcase their research and hard work. With GLOBE, students learn the practices of science through hands-on investigations in their own communities, sparking their curiosity and interest in science. This often leads to inquiries that help solve real-world problems and further understanding of our global environment. It's time for your students to show the world what they've learned!


IVSS Info: Amy Barfield from the GLOBE Implementation Office hosted an informational webinar about the 2020 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium on 30 October 2019. The webinar features an overview of the IVSS program, information about submitting reports and the virtual badges. Click here to view the webinar.
Judging Informational Webinar: Judges! Join us for an informational webinar on 30 March, 2020 - 10am MST/12pm EST/ 4pm UTC to become familiar with the IVSS program and judging process.
  • At the time of the webinar, click here to join.


For the 2020 IVSS, we are accepting reports in multiple languages! However, this depends largely on availability of judges who are fluent in those languages, so make sure to encourage people to sign up to judge! We always accept reports in English, and will likely be able to accept reports in: Spanish, French, Arabic, and Croatian. For our first year trying this - please submit only one report document that includes both languages (English and the other language.) Separate them within two parts of the same document. Thank you!

Submitting a Report:

Submissions are being accepted from now until 10 March 2020. The submission tool is available below and on the "Instructions" page.

Virtual Badges + Drawing:

All students who submit a project to the IVSS will receive feedback from judges and virtual badges on their school page. Additionally, each project that receives a four-star student research badge plus a minimum of two optional badges will be eligible for a drawing to receive a stipend to attend the 25th Anniversary GLOBE Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, USA in July 2020. The stipends are as follows:

  • North America: Two projects will receive $1000 USD
  • Africa: One project will receive $2000 USD
  • Asia and Pacific: One project will receive $2000 USD
  • Europe and Eurasia: One project will receive $2000 USD
  • Latin America and Caribbean: One project will receive $2000 USD
  • Near East and North Africa: One project will receive $2000 USD 

Note that only students selected through the IVSS and the US Student Research Symposia will be able to attend the 25th Anniversary GLOBE Annual Meeting.

Timeline/ Important Dates:

  • Informational Webinar - 30 October 2019 
    • Click here to watch the recording 
    • Click here to view the slides
  • Reports accepted - Mid to late January - 10 March 2020
  • Due date for all student reports - 10 March 2020
  • Judging Webinar - 30 March 2020 (10am MT)
  • Judging Period - 30 March - 6 April 2020
  • Feedback and Virtual Badges Shared - 22 April 2020
  • Drawing for stipends -  22 April 2020