Physics talents on the podium

Last weekend was an important date for the 19 best young physicists in Switzerland. The final of the Physics Olympiad took place in Aarau. Five students won gold medals:

The finalists (all pictures: Physics Olympiad)

Gold (from left to right): Bruno Pontecorvo, Adrian Serrano Capatina, Patrick Zenhäusern, Lucio Ineichen, Luis Jost.

Adrian Serrano Capatina and Bruno Pontecorvo received a special prize from the Swiss Physical Society in recognition of their performance, awarded by Lukas Gallmann (right)

Silver (from left to right): Piranavan Subaharan, Silvan Zumbrunn, Si Tou Yuan, Cameo Hoschstrasser, Olivia Parisi.

Bronze (at the back from left to right): Yasser Ali, Thomas Zaugg, Michael Philipp Mösch. (At the front): Noelia Cheridito, Rebecca Stadler.

The theoretical exam

The experimental exam

Bruno Pontecorvo

Luis Jost.

Adrian Serrano Capatina

Lucio Ineichen

Patrick Zenhäusern

  • Adrian Serrano Capatina, Ecole Internationale de Genève (GE)
  • Bruno Pontecorvo, Institut International de Lancy (GE)
  • Patrick Zenhäusern, Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus (VS)
  • Lucio Ineichen, Kantonsschule Uetikon am See (ZH)
  • Luis Jost, Alte Kantonsschule Aarau (AG)


Five silver medals and five bronze medals were also awarded (see ranking).


Physics from dawn to dusk

The 19 finalists from all around Switzerland, selected among the 595 participants in the first phase, met on Saturday morning in Aarau's train station. The competition started soon after: for almost six hours, the students were tested in various areas of physics on the premises of the new cantonal school in Aarau. In addition to the theoretical questions, the young talents were able to demonstrate their practical skills during the experimental tests.


Friendship and fascination for the subject


Before exercising their brains again on Sunday, the participants had time to relax and socialize on Saturday evening. Patrick Zenhäusern, who made it to third place, particularly enjoyed this part of the final. "What I like best is getting to know the other participants and spending time with them," says the 19-year-old from Valais, who wants to study physics at ETHZ after high school. At the Physics Olympiad there are not only medals to be won, but also friends. Second-placed Bruno Pontecorvo would also like to study physics after a gap year. Explaining everyday phenomena through physics fascinates him.


No participation in the Physics Olympiad in Belarus


The results of the competition were announced at the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon, after a lecture on magnetism by ETH researcher Yves Acremann. Gold medalists qualify to take part in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). But since the IPhO is being organized by Belarus this summer, Switzerland will not be taking part. Instead, an alternative IPhO is being planned with Swiss support. In addition, some of the finalists will have the chance to travel to the little sister of the IPhO: the European Physics Olympiad will take place in Ljubljana in May.





First name

Family name



1. Gold*AdrianSerrano CapatinaEcole Internationale de GenèveGE
2. Gold*BrunoPontecorvoInstitut International de LancyGE
3. Gold**PatrickZenhäusernKollegium Spiritus SanctusVS
4. Gold*LucioIneichenKantonsschule Uetikon am SeeZH
5. Gold*LuisJostAlte Kantonsschule AarauAG
6. Silver*PiranavanSubaharanKantonsschule SchaffhausenSH
7. Silver**OliviaParisiKantonsschule am BurggrabenSG
8. Silver**SilvanZumbrunnGymnasium ThunBE
9. Silver**Si TouYuanBrillantmont International CollègeVD
10. SilverCameoHochstrasserAlte Kantonsschule AarauAG
11. BronzeThomasZauggGymnasium KirchenfeldBE
12. Bronze** NoeliaCheriditoKantonsschule GlarusGL
13. BronzeRebeccaStadlerKantonsschule WettingenAG
14. BronzeMichael Philipp MöschAlte Kantonsschule AarauAG
15. BronzeYasserAliGymnase de BeaulieuVD

* Participation in the alternative IPhO

** Participation in EuPhO

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