The largest physicists' contest for school students in history finished at Ural Federal University

Press Release ( - EKATERINBURG, Russian Federation - Jul 05, 2016 - The XXIX International Young Physicists’ Tournament finished at Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) last week. The winner of the tournament became the team of senior school students from Singapore. Young scientists took the highest score – 51.9, the second place went to the German team (46.2), the third to Switzerland (43.1) and the team from Taiwan took the fourth place (37.6).

The winners and participants not only received medals and prizes, but also a valuable experience, which allowed the students to immerse themselves in science and to understand how the research teams and scientists work.

The tasks of IYPT reflect the most acute problems of modern physics. By offering a brilliant solution, IYPT contestants become authors of articles in journals of Am. J. Phys., Eur. J. Phys. and Phys. Teach. levels.

“About a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals have been published by the young physicists, and, most importantly, some of them are cited by serious scientific groups! – said Ilya Martchenko, the treasurer of the International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT). – But for those, to whom such a publication is still a very difficult aim, there are our printed solution books, IYPT Magazine. Anyone can submit a solution for the tournament archive.”

International Young Physicists’ Tournament was held in Ural Federal University on June 26 – July 2. It was the most large-scale tournament in the history of the event – it gathered teams from 29 countries. The previous record of 28 countries has been reached back in the early 80s of the last century.

“To receive the right to host this tournament is about as hard as to receive the right to host the Olympic Games, so we submitted application beforehand, few years ago. And when we considered the possibility of hosting the tournament in Ural Federal University, to hosting venues were planned for the next few years, – says UrFU Vice-Rector for Research Vladimir Kruzhaev – This is a key event, and I am very happy that after a long break, we were able to bring it back to its homeland after 23 years. We have tried to create all the necessary conditions, and the feedback from participants of the tournament is very positive. I want to thank the whole team of the university that participated in the organization of this important event.”

Video diary of the festival:

– 1st Day (

– 2nd Day (
– Final (
– Closing ceremony (


IYPT is a member of the European Physical Society (Mulhouse, France) and one of the world leaders in the promotion of physics. In 2013, the event received a medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics “for the outstanding contribution to the international education in the field of physics.”

The tournament is often called the most complex scientific competition in the world. The team, consisting of five members, receive 17 problems, and then develop and present their solutions.

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