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.



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.


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.

For the first time the SYPT will take place outside the German-speaking part of Switzerland: With the EPFL in Lausanne we have found a very attractive venue for the SYPT 2017, which will take place on March 18 and 19. It seems appropriate because we have organized the SYPT already twice at the ETH Zurich (2013 and 2016) and in 2016 a team from the French-spearking part of Switzerland premiered at the SYPT. We are looking forward to a successfull and interesting tournament and thank the EPFL for their consent!

As a major part of the participants, jurors and also of the organizing committee is from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, the matter of accommodation is relevant. Naturally, the expenses will be borne by Pro IYPT-CH! The participants will be accommodated in the Guest House Lausanne and the jurors and coaches in the Swiss Tech Hotel.

New is the offer of the so called SYPT Physics Week. It allows students to prepare themselves for the SYPT during one week while being coached by experienced SYPT/IYPT coaches. Experimental equipment will be provided. At the Physics Week only the following problems can be worked on: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14.

Pre-Registration is now open until 15th January 2017: fill out this form. For questions please use the contact form.


Important Documents:

The SYPT will take place on April 1 and 2 at ETH Zurich Center. In teams students from different schools will present and discuss their solutions to 17 physics problems.


Press Release (in German)

Zürich, 29.3.16 / Physikbegeistert, redegewandt und Teamplayer: Die 43 Gymnasiasten und Gymnasiastinnen am Swiss Young Physicists‘ Tournament sind es alle. Nun kämpfen sie am 1. und 2. April an der ETH Zürich um den Titel des Physik-Schweizermeisters. Den Besten winkt zudem eine Reise nach Russland... (read more)


Important Documents:

Are you preparing for the tournament but still have some questions about what you will need to do during those Physics Fights? Some commonly asked questions and their answers can be found here.

The SYPT was a full success. Congratulations to all the participants, especially to the finalists and to the winning team 404 - name not found consisting of Kathrin Laxhuber and Marc Bitterli (photograph © ETH Zürich/Heidi Hostettler)!


Press Release (in German)

Zürich, 3.4.16 / Am 1. und 2. April ging das Swiss Young Physicists‘ Tournament (SYPT) an der ETH über die Bühne. 43 Gymnasiasten und Gymnasiastinnen demonstrierten vor einer fachkundigen Jury ihr Physikwissen. Dabei zeigten fünf Schülerinnen sehr starke Leistungen... (read more)


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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 2019 will be held from the 11th to the 15th of February at the MNG Rämibühl in Zürich. For organizational reasons only the problems 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 are offered at the Physics Week.  

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..

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