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NZYPT New Zealand Young Physicist's Tournament

Who We Are:

The International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT) is a competition created in the USSR to foster scientific research and improved international communication in Physics. It is an annual team competition for high school physics students.

The IYPT is now a major international competition with competitions open to high school physics students in each of the competing nations. Countries currently represented at IYPT come from six continents.

Each country is represented by a national team consisting of five students. In the August prior to the competition seventeen complex problems are released for the team to theoretically and experimentally research. At the competition the teams present and defend the validity of their solutions against teams from other countries in “Physics Fights”. Juries consisting of respected physicists and physics teachers rate their reports and the discussion that those reports generate.

New Zealand has had a competing team in the world competition since 2003.

In March of each year, regional competitions are held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Schools can enter two teams consisting of three students each. The problems are posted in September of the previous year. From these competitions, the two top teams from each region compete in the NZ finals. The five students who will make up the New Zealand team are selected from these teams.

We rely on the generous support of the NZ Royal Society, tertiary institutions and the Physics teaching community to carry out this event annually.


IYPT (The World Cup of Physics) 2016 – saw students from 29 countries around the world gather to debate their solutions to the 17 open ended problems set for the tournament. The students had carried out both theoretical and practical research to explain the phenomena. The New Zealand students had all participated in the NZYPT regional tournaments (Auckland or Wellington or Christchurch) and the national NZYPT tournament (Auckland) before gaining selection to the initial NZ squad and the final international New Zealand team. They qualified through competition between the other members of the squad and attended two training camps held in Auckland in the weeks before the tournament in Russia.

The placing for the top 10 teams at the end of the tournament were:

  1. Singapore
  2. Germany
  3. Switzerland
  4. Chinese - Taipei
  5. Korea
  6. Slovakia
  7. New Zealand
  8. China
  9. Hungary
  10. Ukraine

IYPT Website

The 2017 IYPT will be held in Singapore.