About IYPT

The International Young Physicists' Tournament, IYPT, is a theoretical and practical research based competition for teams of 5 high school students, usually in their last year of study. It is an international competition with teams from all over the world taking part. In this tournament, students research 17 problems and then present and defend their findings in "Physics Fights" as part of a structured competition. In one round a team competes against two other teams and three problems are addressed. Each team acts as Reporter, Opponent and Reviewer in turn. Currently five rounds take place with the top three teams in the ladder advancing to the final.

History of IYPT

The Young Physicists` Tournament is a conference for students, which originated in 80` in Moscow. The Moscow state university started to prepare a set of open problems from different topics from physics, which has to be solved by groups of students. After several months of preparation, the students met together and presented their solutions. They had not only to be prepared to present any one of the problems, but they had also to oppose the presentation of other students. An independent "jury" consisting of professors and academicians decided about the best groups of students. Becoming more popular, this meetings, excitingly called Physics tournaments, spread out across the former Soviet Union and Central European countries. After the changes in 1989, also western countries started to participate in this meetings. By now the organization has a long tradition and participants coming from all over the world. Starting from Australia and South Korea, through NIS and EU member states, Kenya to Brazil to USA. The rules for presentation of the results, opposition, reviewing and judgment by the independent jury are fixed in the statutes of IYPT and Regulations of IYPT. Both can be found on the webpage www.iypt.org. During the last decade, the meeting was organized by different countries. Some of them (as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus) are the former Soviet Union states, others like Poland, Czech republic and Hungary were still on the east side of the former barrier. Also Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Sweden had the opportunity to organize this meeting. For 2006, when IYPT will be held in Bratislava, we plan with cca. 26 participating countries. Every country is participating with five students, one leader of the group, one national member of the jury and one member of the International organizing committee.


Host: Nankai University, China;

Sponsor: Tianjin Association of Science and Technolgy