What is IYPT?

The International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT), sometimes referred to as “Physics World Cup”, is a team-oriented scientific competition between secondary school students.

The participants present their solutions to scientific problems they have prepared over several months and then discuss their solutions with other teams. The roles of Reporter (Presentation), Opponent and Reviewers are graded by a jury consisting of international experts.

Current Tournament

Current Tournament

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.