• IYPT 2016 - Gold Medal

    IYPT 2016 - Gold Medal

    The Swiss delegation consisting of Émilie Hertig, Eric Schertenleib (teamleader), Zara Vance, Daniel Keller (independent juror), Joonas Vättö, Kathrin Laxhuber, Marc Bitterli (captain), Patrick Lenggenhager (teamleader juror) und Samuel Byland (EC) wins a gold medal at the IYPT 2016 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • IYPT 2016 - Ready for the Final

    IYPT 2016 - Ready for the Final

    The Swiss team (Kathrin Laxhuber, Joonas Vättö, Marc Bitterli (captain), Zara Vance and Émilie Hertig) is ready for the final of the IYPT 2016 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In the background the coaches are encouraging the team: Samuel Byland (EC) Patrick Lenggenhager (teamleader juror) and Eric Schertenleib (teamleader).
  • IYPT 2016 - Reception at the Airport Zurich

    IYPT 2016 - Reception at the Airport Zurich

    A very nice reception was awaiting the Swiss delegation after their success at the IYPT 2016 in Russia.
  • IYPT 2016 - Swiss Team at the Airport Zurich

    IYPT 2016 - Swiss Team at the Airport Zurich

    The Swiss delegation consisting of Daniel Keller (independent juror), Samuel Byland (EC), Eric Schertenleib (teamleader), Joonas Vättö, Marc Bitterli (captain), Émilie Hertig, Zara Vance, Kathrin Laxhuber and Patrick Lenggenhager (teamleader juror) at the airport in Zurich after winning a gold medal at the IYPT 2016 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • IYPT 2016 - Team Photo

    IYPT 2016 - Team Photo

    The Swiss team 2016: Zara Vance, Joonas Vättö, Émilie Hertig, Marc Bitterli (captain) and Kathrin Laxhuber.
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After a night with little sleep and full of excitement the four Swiss physicists started into the first official day of the tournament. To complete the team, Zara was on her way to Russia in the morning. She had participated in the Swiss rowing competition prior to boarding the alter flight. To commence the tournament, the opening ceremony had a lot to offer. Besides traditional dances, there were various subject related talks.

Zara was reunited with her team after the opening ceremony and a short lunch. Together the team spent the remaining time before the first fight in the nature, adding last touches to their presentations.

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The five were ready for their first fight. Their first assigned role was the role of the reviewer. Brazil challenged Hungary to problem 2, Lagging Pendulum, and Hungary accepted the challenge. For Switzerland this meant that Émilie would kick off the event for the team. Everything went as planned and Émilie received 7.1 well-deserved points through her analyzation and input to the discussion about this pendulum.

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It was time for the opposition. Marc, as the team’s captain, challenged Brazil to problem 7, Water Waves, and problem 5, Ultra Hydrophobic Water; both were rejected. Only Marc’s third challenge, problem 7, Hot Water Fountain, was accepted. It was Joonas’s turn now. Joonas was able to continue the good work of the team and also received 7.1 points for his critical questions and knowledge of the problem.

With that only the report was left. Iran’s first two challenges caused spine tingling in the team. Marc had to reject the challenges to problem 17, Crazy Suitcase, and problem 13, Paper Vice. The third challenge was problem 16, Frisbee Vortices, and the Swiss Team was ready. Kathrin commenced her report nervously. However, the nervousness went away quickly and she could convince everyone in the room, the other teams, the jury and observers, of her findings. Many measurements that were in agreement with the theoretical model describing the vortices allowed Kathrin to get remarkable 7.4 points on average.

The team did not only win their round, they placed second in the entire competition after the first round.

In the evening they enjoyed a welcome dinner, before they started the preparations for the next day. 

 

 

 

Results after the first round: 

RankTeamTSP =  
Singapore  43.6 =  43.6
Switzerland  43.5 =  43.5
Germany  41.0 =  41.0
Slovakia  39.8 =  39.8
Korea  39.6 =  39.6
New Zealand  38.0 =  38.0
Hungary  36.8 =  36.8
Poland  36.3 =  36.3
Australia  36.0 =  36.0
10  United Kingdom  35.8 =  35.8
11  Chinese Taipei  35.6 =  35.6
12  Sweden  35.5 =  35.5
13  Brazil  34.9 =  34.9
14  China  33.9 =  33.9
15  Thailand  33.8 =  33.8
16  Czech Republic  33.3 =  33.3
17  Austria  33.3 =  33.3
18  Iran  31.9 =  31.9
19  Russia  31.8 =  31.8
20  Ukraine  31.0 =  31.0
21  Belarus  30.9 =  30.9
22  Pakistan  30.3 =  30.3
23  Georgia  28.9 =  28.9
24  Romania  28.3 =  28.3
25  Bulgaria  27.6 =  27.6
26  Canada  27.0 =  27.0
27  Croatia  24.0 =  24.0
28  USA  24.0 =  24.0
29  Macao  22.8 =  22.8