Read abou Joonas Vättö’s, member of the Swiss Team, experience at the IYPT. 

This year we had the honour to take part at the 29th International Young Physicists’ Tournament, the IYPT, in Russia as part of the Swiss delegation. Consisting of five participants, two team leaders, and our jurors, the team commenced their journey to this year’s venue – the Russian industrial metropolis Yekaterinburg – on June 25th. After a short layover in Moscow we finally arrived at our destination. Albeit being tired, we were all full of hope.

Yesterday, the Swiss Team arrived safely in Zurich after a long journey from Ekaterinburg. They were greeted by a lot of supporters, who came to congratulate the team and celebrate the success at the IYPT. Proudly the team presented their gold medal.

The day of the final. The Swiss were right in the middle. Nervous, but well prepared they made their way to the university to give their best in the final. Before, they had never presented in front of such a large audience.

For Switzerland the final started with Zara’s opposition to problem number 15, Contactless Calliper. Chinese Taipei’s report was rater weak for a final. Zara criticized Chinese Tapei for their limited experimental and theoretical investigation. Her opposition received 7.22 solid points. One has to mention that this was her first time on stage at the IYPT, doing this on such a large stage and succeeding is a huge achievement.

Afterwards it was time for Kathrin’s report. For the second time she presented problem number 6, Electric Honeycomb. In the preliminary round she had already demonstrated that her theoretical and experimental investigation of the phenomenon was of high quality. Germany’s opposition appreciated her experimental investigation, but expressed criticism for her theory. The opponent did not fully comprehend the derivation. With her report Kathrin received 7.22 points for the Swiss team.

After Switzerland was the observer for one round it was time for the review. Singapore presented problem number 2, Lagging Pendulum. The presentation was sensational. Measurements and theory were on point. Therefore, Émilie had a hard task with the review. She faced the challenge and received 6.94 points.

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