Science tournaments started to develop in Saint-Petersburg in the 2000s. The first tournament for school students was organized in 2000. The second one took place in 2001 and after it was a 5 years break.

Only in 2006 tournament activity started again in Saint-Petersburg. The organizing committee headed by student Sergey Safonov started a new age of science tournaments in Russia. In 2006-2009 there was only a local chemical tournament for school students. In 2010 started first university student tournament. The name International Natural Sciences Tournament (INST) was invented in 2011 and from that year student tournaments became not only international but also interdisciplinary. 

Every year International Natural Sciences Tournament attracts the brightest minds from former Soviet Union countries and starts to attract people from other regions. In 2013 first teams from Estonia (EU) and India participated in INST. Since then, participants from more than 25 countries took part in INST.

Winners of INSTs

KNU, Kyiv National University (captain - Alexandra Souvorova)
KNU, Kyiv National University (captain - Konstantyn Nifantiev)
NSU-1, Novosibirsk State University (captain - Ivan Serbin)
SPbU, Saint-Petersburg State University (captain - Anastasia Ananyan)
ChemTeam, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Saint Petersburg State University (captain - Bogdan Sakhnevich)
Chuck-chuck Norris, Kazan Federal University (captain - Mikhail Yagofarov)
KiasuNUSPS, National University of Singapore (captain - Tan Jin Hui)
Micks, National University of Singapore (captain - Kim Mu Youngi)
UFS, University of the Free State (captain - Shaun Redgard)
NS. United, Novosibirsk State University (captain - Rodion Ivaschenko)
Benthos, Nanyang Technological University (captain - Wei Bin How)


Participants of INSTs inherited our mission - science may solve practical, real-life problems. Some of our participants founded their own tournaments including


Chemistry tournament (since 2011)

For school students in Moscow, founded by Alexey Chepiga, Gleb Aleshin and Vladimir Korolev

ChemCamp (since 2013)

Tournament of International Chemistry Forum ChemCamp, Moscow, founded by Ivan Aksenov and Co

Biology Tournament (since 2013)

Tournament of applied biology problems, founded by Daria Vetoshkina

Medical Tournament (since 2014)

Tournament of medicine. Fill yourself as a Doctor House! Founded by Elizaveta Pustovoit and Co


Our past tournaments

July 19–26, 2021
Online edition
February 6–12, 2020
Warsaw, Poland
February 1–6, 2019
Tallinn, Estonia
January 30–February 4, 2018
Agra, India
October 12–16, 2016
Novosibirsk, Russia
November 11–16, 2015
Saint-Petersburg, Russia
November 12–17, 2014
Saint-Petersburg, Russia
November 13–18, 2013
Saint-Petersburg, Russia