What is IYPT?

The International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT), sometimes referred to as the “Physics World Cup”, is a scientific competition between teams of secondary school students. It mimics, as close as possible, the real-world scientific research and the process of presenting and defending the results obtained.

Participants have almost a year to work on 17 open-ended inquiry problems. A good part of the problems involves easy-to-reproduce phenomena presenting unexpected behaviour.

The aim of the solutions is not to calculate or reach “the correct answer” as there is no such notion here. The Tournament is rather conclusions-oriented as participants have to design and perform experiments, and to draw conclusions argued from the experiments’ outcome.

The competition itself is not a pen-and-paper competition but an enactment of a scientific discussion (or a defence of a thesis) where participants take the roles of Reporter, Opponent and Reviewer and are evaluated by an international Jury.

The beauty of the Tournament is that teams can take quite different routes to tackle the same problem. As long as they stay within the broadly defined statement of the problem, all routes are legitimate and teams will be judged according to the depths reached by their investigations.

In 2013, IYPT was awarded the medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in recognition of its inspiring and wide-ranging contribution to physics education that has touched many lives and countries, over the past 25 years.

Current Tournament

Current Tournament

Registration of teams, jurors, and visitors is closed.

The President of IYPT Martin Plesch took an inspection visit in Tbilisi and Kutaisi from the 21st till the 24th of February 2021.

Here is a short summary of the inspection.

The pre-registration for the IYPT 2021 in Georgia is closed. A list of the pre-registered countries can be found here.

The 34th IYPT will be held in Kutaisi, Georgia from July 7th till July 14th. The IOC meeting will be held after the tournament. IYPT 2021 is going to be organized as a full-scale event, the host is the Kutaisi International University, Georgia.

The final decision about holding the event shall be done latest by the end of May.

EC works in parallel on the preparation of an online event so that if we decide that organizing a real event is not possible, we shall be able to organize an online event on the same dates as the real event was planned.

Past Tournaments

Past Tournaments

The 33rd IYPT 2020 was canceled due to the worldwide situation related to the COVID-19.

The Local Organizing Committee in Georgia organized an online version of a tournament on September 4th – 8th 2020. The Sponsor and host Institution of O-IYPT was Kutaisi International University kiu.edu.ge.

The first place was taken by Canada followed by China in second place and Ukraine in third place.

This event could not be considered as a formal IYPT event due to the impossibility to fulfill all the formal requirements, however, it mimicked the course of the tournament as close as possible.

Further information can be found on www.iypt2020.ge.



Each year a set of problems is carefully selected by the IOC for the participants to solve.

The problems touch on various areas in physics and often do not have a known solution. It is participant’s job to tackle them and come up with their proposal.

Current set of problems.