Physics Olympiad

The Physics Olympiad is a competition for motivated high school students. Our main goal is to challenge young physics enthusiasts and to connect likeminded people. Students who do well in our competition will represent Switzerland at the European and International Physics Olympiad (EuPhO and IPhO).



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How The Script Once Was Almost Stolen

Once upon a time, there was a script of the Physics Olympiad. It had always been an important part of the Physics Olympiad, it would answer any questions the participants had. Therefore, it was a Writing of Unmatched, Exorbitantly Intoxicating and Brain-Shattering Genius and had to be protected.


Sie sind die besten Nachwuchsphysiker der Schweiz

28 Jugendliche haben am vergangenen Wochenende in Aarau am Finale der Schweizer Physik-Olympiade teilgenommen. Fünf von ihnen wurden mit Goldmedaillen gekürt. Ausnahmsweise werden sie dieses Jahr nicht an der Internationalen Physik-Olympiade teilnehmen - ihnen stehen andere Abenteuer bevor.

[Translate to English:] Group picture at IBM


Results 2nd round 2024

On January 17th, 83 students participated in the second round of the Physics Olympiad. Among other things, they analysed the stability of an egg and learned to apply the method of image charges.


Exoplanets in the classroom

The participants in November's Physics Olympiad camp spent an astronomical evening studying exoplanets. Would you also like to take your students on a trip to space? Here you'll find materials and tips for your classroom.


Exploring the Universe's Stage

In November, the Physics Olympiad camp received a visit from the NCCR PlanetS and the CSH at the University of Bern. Now you can read what the participants experienced! In part two, Jehan Alsawaf teaches us a trick to easily unlock the secrets of gravity in your classroom or home.


The universe in multi-color

In November, the Physics Olympiad camp received a visit from the National Center of Competence in Research PlanetS and the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern. Now you can read what the participants experienced and learn some fascinating facts about planets yourself.



Drei Fragen an Prof. Lesya Shchutska, Physikerin und Bronzemedaillengewinnerin

Am Montag, den 30. Oktober 2023, wurde Prof. Lesya Shchutska mit dem Schweizer Wissenschaftspreis Latsis ausgezeichnet für die Erforschung neuer Teilchen - den schweren Neutrinos.


The physics of a pendulum

A month ago at OlyDay, Physics Olympiad invited visitors to their stand to try a little pendulum experiment from Phybox. Want to redo it at home? Looking for an activity to do in your physics class? Here are the instructions.

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