The "Physics World Cup" is an international student competition where teams consisting of five members present and discuss their solutions to 17 problems. The competition includes presentations and discussions and was conceived in such a way that, besides physical expertise, the ability to work in team, rhetorical and strategic abilities as well as presentation techniques would be trained among others. The competition is held in English, which makes good knowledge of the English language and terminology in the natural sciences, in addition to knowledge of physics and mathematics, a requirement for participation.


The quality of presentations and essays is generally much higher than secondary school level and, due to the repeated participation of the same candidates, it is more often than not quite demanding for university students and professors too. The students benefit from team work and develop their individual abilities in a completely new and motivating context.

Participation age

The possibility for participation generally ends upon completion of secondary school education. The lower limit is determined mainly by the degree of difficulty of the examples and, as a rule, lies between the 10. and 11. grades (A-levels).

Requirements for participation

The preliminary selection for international participants varies from country to country and ranges from school-wide selections, to recruitment within the framework of programmes for the gifted, on through to large-scale national competitions of a similar nature.

Problems 2010

You can find the 17 problems on our website at

Presentation examples

You can find examples of presentations from previous years, as well as a video of the 2009 final, on our website at


An up-to-date list of the participating teams can be viewed at


Austria has achieved remarkable results at the "Physics World Cup" in the last years. From a 10. place in Korea (2007), to a 4. place in Croatia (2008), on through to a 2. place in China (2009). This places Austria at the global forefront and its team is leading in the European region. Austria still has the chance to live up to its "physical great-grandfathers" such as Schrödinger or Boltzmann!


The first "Physics World Cup" was held in Moscow in 1988. Since 1993, it has been an annual event. A list of previous host countries and more information on the history of the IYPT is available on our website at


The official name of the competition and the host organisation is IYPT (International Young Physicists' Tournament). The organisation IYPT has its offices at the European Physical Society in Mulhouse/France. The society comprises those nations that participated in the organisation in the last three years and are entitled to delegate one representative to the International Organizing Committee (IOC). The IOC is a panel which determines the bylaws and rules of the IYPT and assigns the role of host country for the next tournament to one of the member countries.


In addition to the competition, a well-rounded framework programme is offered to visitors, which includes cultural impressions, sports activities, lectures and more. Its purpose is to encourage new acquaintances and enhance intercultural exchange. The current plan for the framework programme is available on our website.


It would be impossible to hold such a competition in Austria without the help of our partners and sponsors. It is thus of the utmost importance to us to express our gratitude in public statements.


For detailed questions, requests for an interview, interest in reporting during the event, or requests for image and film material, please contact Katharina Wittmann via or 0043/650 97 84 051.

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