International Young Physicists' Tournament

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The International Young Physicists’ Tournament, IYPT, is one of the World's most respected and prestigious[1][2] annual physics competitions centered on 17 non-examination research problems that are published yearly in late July. During the tournament, discussion-based sessions called Physics Fights are conducted and the performances of the teams are judged by expert physicists.

The IYPT is a week-long event in which currently around 150 international pre-university contestants participate. The participants present and discuss their research projects at the events that share common features with thesis defense or scientific conferences. The teams switch roles and take floor as Reporters, Opponents and Reviewers, thus learning about peer review early on in their school years.

The concept was conceived in 1979 by Evgeny Yunosov and was run as the Russian Young Physicists' Tournament, an event localised to Russia. He went on to initiate the first IYPT in 1988.

Timeline table[edit]

Year Venue Host country No. of
teams
No. of
countries
Gold winner(s) Silver winner(s)
1988 1st Moscow  Soviet Union 31 3[3] Disputable[3] Disputable[3]
1989 2nd Moscow  Soviet Union 8 7  West Germany,
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic RSFSR-School 710, Moscow[3]
1990 3rd Moscow  Soviet Union 6[3] 5 *[3] Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic RSFSR-School 542, Moscow[3] Latvia Latvian SSR-Riga,
 Netherlands[3]
1991 4th Moscow  Soviet Union 7[3] 6 *[3]  Hungary[3]  Poland,
Soviet Union Soviet Combined team[3]
1992 5th Protvino  Russia 12 10  Belarus,
 Czechoslovakia[3]
 Netherlands,
 Russia[3]
1993 6th Protvino  Russia 19 11  Georgia  Ukraine,
 Hungary[3]
1994 7th Groningen  Netherlands 12 11  Czech Republic,
 Russia
 Georgia
1995 8th Spała  Poland 15 12  Germany  Czech Republic,
 Hungary
1996 9th Tskhaltubo  Georgia 13 10  Czech Republic  Germany,
 Georgia-2
1997 10th Cheb  Czech Republic 15 11  Hungary,
 Czech Republic
 Belarus
1998 11th Donaueschingen  Germany 18 16  Czech Republic  Germany-1,
 Poland
1999 12th Vienna  Austria 19 17  Germany  Georgia,
 Austria-1
2000 13th Budapest  Hungary 17 16  Poland-2  Germany,
 Russia
2001 14th Espoo  Finland 18 16  Slovakia  Australia,
 Germany
2002 15th Odessa  Ukraine 20 18  Poland  Belarus,
 Germany
2003 16th Uppsala  Sweden 23 22  Germany  South Korea,
 Poland
2004 17th Brisbane  Australia 26 24  Poland  Germany,
 Slovakia
2005 18th Winterthur   Switzerland 25 23  Germany  Belarus,
 United States
2006 19th Bratislava  Slovakia 26 24  Croatia  South Korea,
 Germany
2007 20th Seoul  South Korea 22 21  Australia  South Korea-2,
 New Zealand
2008 21st Trogir  Croatia 21 21  Germany  Croatia,
 New Zealand
2009 22nd Tianjin  China 27 27  South Korea  Austria,
 New Zealand
2010 23rd Vienna  Austria 23 23  Singapore,
 Austria,
 New Zealand,
 South Korea
 Germany,
 Chinese Taipei,
 Iran,
 Australia,
 Slovakia
2011 24th Tehran  Iran 21 21  South Korea,
 Austria,
 Germany
 Chinese Taipei,
 Iran,
 Slovakia,
 Singapore,
 Belarus
2012 25th Bad Saulgau  Germany 28 28  South Korea,
 Iran,
 Singapore
 Belarus,
 Germany,
 Chinese Taipei,
  Switzerland,
 Austria
2013 26th Taipei  Chinese Taipei 26 26  Singapore,
 South Korea,
  Switzerland
 Poland,
 New Zealand,
 Slovakia,
 Sweden,
 Brazil
2014 27th Shrewsbury  United Kingdom 28 28  Singapore,
 Slovakia,
 Poland,
 China
 South Korea,
 New Zealand,
 Chinese Taipei,
 Russia,
 Germany,
2015 28th Nakhon Ratchasima  Thailand 27 27  Singapore,
 Poland,
 China
 Slovakia,
 Brazil,
 Bulgaria,
 Russia,
 South Korea
2016 29th Ekaterinburg  Russia 29 29  Singapore,
 Germany,
  Switzerland,
 Chinese Taipei
 Korea,
 Slovakia,
 New Zealand,
 China,
 Hungary
2017 30th Singapore  Singapore 30 30  Singapore,
 Poland,
 China Hungary
TBA
2018 31th Beijing  China 30 30  Singapore,
 Germany,
 China
 Korea,
TBA
2019 32th TBA  Poland TBA TBA TBA TBA

(*) the number of Nations can be disputed as some countries were midway towards a recognized independence

Teams participating in the IYPT[edit]

The following table that shows what National teams have taken part in IYPTs in different years. "H" means that the country hosted the respective tournament. "0", "1", "2", "3" correspond to the number of teams that represented the respective country. The data that needs verification is marked with interrogatory signs (?).

Country 1988 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 2000 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
 Armenia 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 H, 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Belarus Belarus 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Bulgaria Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
 China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 H, 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 H, 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Obs 1 1 1 1 1 1 H, 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1
 Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Czech Republic 1 1 1 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Czechoslovakia 1 1 1 1 1 _ - -
 Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Obs 1 1 1 H, 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 France 0 0 0 Obs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia (country) Georgia 1 1 1 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Germany 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 H, 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Hungary 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 H, 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
 Indonesia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
 Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 H, 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1
 Kazakhstan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Kenya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
 Macao 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Moldova 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Netherlands 0 1 1 1 1 1 H, 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
 Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
 Poland 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Russia H, 3 H, 6 2 2 2 3 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 H,1 1 1
 Singapore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Slovakia 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1
 South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Obs Obs 1 1 1 1 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Soviet Union H, 29 H, 2 H, 2 H, 2 _ - -
 Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Obs 0 1 1 1 1 1 Obs H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Obs 0 0 Obs Obs 1 1 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
 Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 H, 1 1 1 1
 Ukraine 1 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 H, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
 United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
 United Kingdom 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 H, 1 1 1 1 1
 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 Obs 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
 Uzbekistan 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source [3] [3] [3] [3] [3] [3] [4] [4] [4] [4] [4]
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total medals
 Germany 8 10 4 22
 Singapore 8 1 1 10
 South Korea 5 6 3 14
 Czech Republic 4 1 5 10
 Poland 5 4 15 24
 Austria 2 4 9 15
 Hungary 2 3 11 16
 Belarus 1 5 12 18
 Slovakia 2 6 10 18
 New Zealand 1 6 5 12
 Georgia 1 3 8 12
 Russia 1 4 7 12
 Australia 1 2 6 9
 Iran 1 2 0 3
 Soviet Union 1 2 0 3
  Switzerland 2 1 5 8
 Croatia 1 1 3 5
 Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
 Czechoslovakia 1 0 2 3
 Chinese Taipei 1 4 2 7

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Hugh Haskell, Charles Britton, and Ronald Edge. A different kind of physics competition—the IYPT. The Physic Teacher 38, 1, 22 (Jan. 2000) ISSN 0031-921X
  2. ^ Toni Feder. High Schoolers Debate Physics at International Tournament. Physics Today, Vol. 58 of Issue 12, p. 31 (Dec. 2005)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u [Detailed history of IYPTs in 1988–1993 (preprint) http://ilyam.org/Draft_IM_Detailed_history_IYPT_1988-1993.pdf]
  4. ^ a b c d e IYPT Archive: factsheets

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