• SYPT 2018 - Winners

    SYPT 2018 - Winners

    Jakob Storp, Natalia Lopez-Edge and Nic Baruffol win the SYPT 2018 at the University of Basel.
  • SYPT 2017 - Winners

    SYPT 2017 - Winners

    Johann Schwabe, Florian Wirth and Aladin Bouddat win the SYPT 2017 at the EPFL.
  • SYPT 2016 - Winners

    SYPT 2016 - Winners

    Kathrin Laxhuber and Marc Bitterli (both form the MNG Rämibühl) win the SYPT 2016 at the ETH Zürich.
  • SYPT 2016 - Medals

    SYPT 2016 - Medals

    The medal that could be won at the SYPT 2016 at the ETH Zürich.
  • SYPT 2016 - Final

    SYPT 2016 - Final

    The final of the SYPT 2016 at the ETH Zürich. The teams 404 - name not found, the 3 √-1’s and Higgs’ Bozos fought for the title.
  • SYPT 2016 - Opening

    SYPT 2016 - Opening

    The SYPT 2016 at the ETH Zürich starts with a speech by ETH headmaster Prof. Dr. Sarah Springman.
  • SYPT 2015 - Winners

    SYPT 2015 - Winners

    Michael Rogenmoser (MNG Rämibühl), Lioba Heimbach (Zurich International School) and Cesare Villiger (LG Rämibühl) win the SYPT 2015 at the University of Zurich.
  • SYPT 2015 - Final

    SYPT 2015 - Final

    The final of the SYPT 2015 at the University of Zurich. The teams Doped Quasiparticles, Perpetuum Mobile and Maxwell’s Demons fought for the title.
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SYPT

The Swiss Young Physicists' Tournament (SYPT) is a Swiss competition, where physics enthusiasts from middle schools from anywhere in Switzerland participate. In a preparatory phase they carry out a small research project, whose results are presented and defended at the actual tournament.

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Participation

Each student in the secondary education stage II who lives in Switzerland can participate at the SYPT. It is easiest if a teach of the corresponding school takes care of the coaching; however, it is not necessary. In the case of questions, we gladly help: Contact us.

Register

Getting Started

  1. Choose one of the current problems.
  2. For ideas on how to start have a look at the Reference Kit.
  3. Read literature about your problem and try to see what could be done that has not already been done.
  4. Investigate the problem using experimental and theoretical methods.
  5. Portray your results in a scientific presentation.

In order to give students the opportunity to prepare for the SYPT under optimal conditions independent of their school environment (i.e. independently from their school, infrastructure, rectorate and teachers), we organize the SYPT Physics Week. We provide competent coaching and superior experimental equipment relevant to their specific problems. This makes it significantly easier for students to participate at the SYPT and enhances their chances at the tournament.

Interested participants can chose the Physics Week when registering for the SYPT. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In order to give students the opportunity to prepare for the SYPT under optimal conditions independent of their school environment (i.e. independently from their school, infrastructure, rectorate and teachers), we organize the SYPT Physics Week. We provide competent coaching and superior experimental equipment relevant to their specific problems. This makes it significantly easier for students to participate at the SYPT and enhances their chances at the tournament.

The SYPT Physics Week 2020 will be held from the 10th to the 14th of February at the MNG Rämibühl in Zürich. For organizational reasons only the problems 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 15 are offered at the Physics Week. The complete problem list can be found here.

Interested participants can chose the Physics Week when registering for the SYPT. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Swiss Young Physicists' Tournament 2020 will take place on the 28th and 29th of March in the main building of ETH Zurich. We are happy that we can once again host the SYPT at ETH.

Students can optionally sign up for the SYPT Physics Week where coaches will help them prepare for the SYPT. The Physics Week 2020 will take place from the 10th to 14th of February. Please note that the spots at the Physics Week are limited and not all problems are offered. Please check the Physics Week section for more details.

Registration for the SYPT and SYPT Physics Week open on the 14th of October. Please note that in total no problem may be chosen more than 8 times. Registration deadline is the 8th of December.

Further information will follow. 

 

Documents and information:

The SYPT 2019 will take place on the 23rd and 24th of March at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz in Brugg Windisch. We are delighted to have found an attractive venue for the 2019 Swiss Young Physicists' Tournament.

Over 70 students have registered for the 12th edition of the SYPT. In the months prior to the tournament they work on of 17 interesting physics problems. In preparation to the tournament students should discuss theoretical aspects and investigate the phenomenon experimentally. At the tournament students then present their findings in a physics fight (click here for more information on how the SYPT works).

Students have the option to take part at the SYPT Physics Week where they will be coached on their respective problems. The Physics Week 2019 will be held from the 11th to the 15th of February at the MNG Rämibühl in Zürich. Please note that due to organizational reasons only the problems 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 are offered at the Physics Week. Places at the SYPT Physics Week are limited.

 

 

Important links:

The SYPT 2018 will be held on the 17th and 18th of March at the University of Basel. We are delighted to have found such an attractive venue for our participants.

The majority of the tournament will take place in the Kollegienhaus of the University of Basel. Participants not living in Basel will be accomodated in the youth hostel St. Alban. Non-local jury members will stay in the Hotel Novotel Basel City.

The tournament starts on Saturday, 17th of March at 8.00 and ends on Sunday at around 5 p.m. The detailled schedule as well as the fight plan can be found in our tournament brochure. Guests are welcome at the tournament but a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is required. 

In preparation for the tournament we will again organize a one week preparation course, the SYPT Physics Week. During this week students work on their chosen problem while being supervised by SYPT-experienced coaches. High quality experimental equipment will be provided.

The SYPT Physics Week is scheduled for 12th to 16th of February at the MNG Rämibühl in Zurich.

 

Important Documents:

The SYPT 2019 was held on the 23rd and 24th of March at the FHNW in Brugg-Windisch. Roughly 70 students presented their projects in front of a jury. After the three preliminary rounds the teams Black PhysicsTeam Räupli and The Excited Ground States qualified for the final. In a competitive final the team The Excited Ground States consisting of Nicola Widmer, Daniel Gotsmann and Daniel Swingler won the 12th Swiss Young Phyisicists' Tournament. Congratulations to the winners and all our participants for a great tournament!

We would like to thank the FHNW as well as all helpers who made such a successful event possible.

 

Results:

 Results after preliminary fights:

 

A total of 73 students and 43 jurors participated at the SYPT 2018. A succesful tournament was won by Team Blueshift (Natalia Lopez-Edge, Nic Baruffol and Jakob Storp). All results can be found here:

 Stage   Reporter (Problem)   Opponent   Reviewer
 1   23 K (17. Water Bottle)   Blueshift   Klein and the Bottles
 2   Blueshift (12. Curie Point Engine)   Klein and the Bottles   23 K
 3   Klein and the Bottles (13. Weighing Time)   23 K   Blueshift

 

The individual ranking can be found here.

Summary

The SYPT 2017 sucessfully ended. Congratulations to all participants! Especially to the winners Aladin BouddatJohann SchwabeFlorian Wirth from the team Dead Physicists' Society, the winner of the individual ranking, Zara Vance (Physics Chicks), and the team members from the two teams in the final: Physics Chicks and PPAP.

Press Release (in German)

Lausanne, 22.03.17 / Am Swiss Young Physicists' Tournament an der ETH Lausanne massen sich am letzten Wochenende 63 SchülerInnen und Schüler. In hochstehenden Fights demonstrierten die Nachwuchsphysiker ihr Können. Für die besten führt der Weg nun an die Weltmeisterschaft in Singapur (mehr).

Results of Rounds 1 to 3:

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