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2020 GLOBE

International Virtual Science Symposium

2020 IVSS Overview



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!

In 2020, 263 projects were submitted from 29 countries, including 7 countries new to the IVSS.

Drawing Winners:

On Earth Day and GLOBE's 25th Anniversary, 22 April 2020, 7 projects were selected to receive stipends. These seven projects all received a four-star student research badge and at least two other optional badges. The selected projects are:


Title: Identification of Mosquito Larval Species at SSA Mombasa, Kenya - 2
Teacher: Kennedy Otieno
School: Shree Swaminnarayan Academy

Asia and Pacific

Title: Faith-based Communities Affecting Breeding Sites of Mosquito Larvae at Samui Island, Thailand using Drone imagery and GLOBE Observer: Habitat Mapping App
Teacher: Wanwipa Sutthakiet
School: Samsen Wittayalai
Location: Thailand

Europe and Eurasia

Title: Representation of the invasive species of trees shrubs in Daruvar - 2
Teacher: Sandra Milek
School: Tehnicka skola Daruvar
Location: Croatia

Latin America and Caribbean

Title: El comportamiento de las palomas durante el Eclipse Solar 2019
Teacher: Julieta Micucci
School: Escuela Primaria Particular Incorporada N°1345 Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Location: Argentina

Near East and North Africa

Title: The effect of irrigation with sulfur water on soil, land cover, and adaptation of some living organisms.
Teacher: nawar alrawahi
School: Um hany basic school
Location: Oman

North America

Title: How Does Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) Vary Within 50 Kilometers of Lake Erie?
Teacher: Jeff Bouwman
School: Shumate Middle School
Location: United States

Title: The Effects of Aerosols on Water Quality
Teacher: Amy Woods
School: St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
Location: United States


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! An informational webinar was held on 30 March, 2020 - 10am MST/12pm EST/ 4pm UTC to become familiar with the IVSS program and judging process.


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. 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

2020 IVSS Timeline

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)
    • Click here to watch the recording
    • Click here to view the slides
    • Click here for Tips for Providing Feedback
  • Judging Period - 30 March - 6 April 2020
  • Feedback and Virtual Badges Shared - 22 April 2020
  • Drawing for stipends -  22 April 2020