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).



[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.

Score distribution of the first round 2023/2024


Results of the first round 23/24

This year 922 students took part in the first round of the Physics Olympiad. 156 of them received an invitation to the physics camp and the second round. The threshold for a direct qualification was 11.4 points out of a maximum of 22 points.


Das Frauenwochenende der Physik-Olympiade

Im September 2023 fand erneut das jährliche Frauenwochenende der Physik-Olympiade statt. Ziel des Wochenendes war es die Teilnahme von Frauen an der Physik-Olympiade zu fördern und sie für ein Studium im physikalischen, mathematischen und technischen Bereich zu motivieren.

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