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


As a vast majority of IOC members believe that in the case that we will not be able to organize the IYPT 2021 as a real on-site tournament we should plan for organizing an online version of it, we have started discussions on how and under what conditions might be possible. We will provide a specific plan within a few months.

Anyway, a real on-site tournament stays a clear priority for us. However, based on the survey only 20 IOC members plan for now to send a team to Pakistan for IYPT 2021, many of them conditioning this possibility on a better situation with the Covid pandemic. This is why it seems the best solution is to postpone Pakistan IYPT for the year 2023 (with Romania 2022).

Due to the fact that it is hard to make bounding plans for next summer under current circumstances, we aim to have next year an event open for all teams but reduced in the sense of keeping it to the foundations of IYPT – physics fights. We are happy to go as far as to organize it similar to a conference – the organizer would have to provide competition rooms, auditorium, and infrastructure, IYPT would provide full support with organization and jury management (including independent jurors) and the teams would be individually responsible for the management of travel, lodging, and food.

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.