Navigation auf



Welcome Note


The International Physics Olympiad at the University of Zurich

To all participants and guests of the International Physics Olympiad

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 International Physics Olympiad, which will take place this year from 11 to 17 July at the University of Zurich.

As a higher education institution with a long tradition of fostering the development of bright young minds, we are honoured to partner and host the event – the first Physics Olympiad to be held in Switzerland. Together with the staff and students at the Department of Physics, we look forward to welcoming you: 400 talented and motivated young physics enthusiasts from 90 different nations.

International Science Olympiads have garnered international renown, partly because they send an important message to all participants: Scholarship is global. It traverses the world and unites nations and cultures. I know you will be striving to excel in the competition, but I also encourage all contestants to take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and to and establish contact with young scientists from all over the world.

I am convinced you are on an important path: The great challenges of today and tomorrow – addressing climate change, and providing clean water, food and energy to an increasing global population – all of these will depend greatly on advances in the natural sciences.

I hope your stay at the University of Zurich and in Switzerland is stimulating and enriching – and I naturally wish you all the best for the games.


Prof. Michael O. Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich

Weiterführende Informationen


International Physics Olympiad 2016

More about International Physics Olympiad 2016

The International Physics Olympiad is an international competition for secondary school students whose interest in physics extends beyond the classroom. National elimination rounds involving a multi-stage selection and training process are held to determine the five most promising new talents, who then go on to participate in the International Olympiad. 

The IPhO 2016 will take place from July 11 – 17 in Zurich



Das Physik-Institut der UZH beschäftigt sich mit Astrophysik und Teilchenphysik sowie der Physik der kondensierten Materie. Mehrere international gut vernetzte Gruppen arbeiten im Institut auf dem Campus Irchel der UZH.