2018 Grand Contest on Chemistry for High School Students

Venue and Date

Nagoya City University (Tanabe-dori Campus), Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Oct. 27-28, 2018


“Grand Contest on Chemistry for High School Students” was established in 2004 to encourage high school students and to promote high school chemistry. Since 2004 the contest has been held every year in Osaka, and the 14th contest was held in 2017 in Nagoya. Since last year, the contest has been organized by Osaka City University, Nagoya City University, Yokohama City University, and Yomiuri Shimbun, which is one of the biggest news paper companies in Japan. This contest has been supported by the Ministry of Education in Japan, the Chemical Society of Japan, and several boards of education in Japan as well as other sponsors.  Ten teams selected prior to the final contest give oral presentations and the rest of entry teams give poster presentations about their research results in the final stage and judged by top scientists and educators. Several prizes such as Ministry of Education Prize and so on are presented to some excellent oral and poster presentations.

The 15th contest will be held in 2018 at Nagoya city, Japan as an international contest. Many entries from high school teams in foreign countries are welcome. The details of entry are shown below.

In addition to competition presentations, a few high school teams will be invited from foreign countries to the contest and give invited talks in English.

The international contest is a good occasion for high school students and teachers as well to present their research results in front of a large audience, to discuss their results with other high school students, and to interact actively with researchers, scientists and educators belonging to universities.

Call for Papers

The organizing committee of the contest invites all high school students to contribute abstracts of scientific communications that will be peer-reviewed for their acceptance as either oral or poster presentations. The dead line of registration for the presentation and abstract submission is September 5, 2018. Participants wishing to present an oral or a poster presentation should contact the organizing committee via e-mail.

Important dates

Registration for presentation: September 5, 2018
Abstract submission: September 5, 2018
Disclosure of results of peer reviews: the end of September, 2018
Oral and poster presentations: October 27-28, 2018


The 15th Grand Contest on Chemistry for High School Students Committee
E-mail: staff(at)gracon.jp [(at)=@]
Nagoya City University,
Yamanohata 1, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 467-8501, Japan

Official language

English and Japanese