Austrian Young Physicists' Tournament
A Competition for Teams of Young Physicists

AYPT 2021: April 8 - 10

Impact of COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, The 23rd Austrian Young Physicists’ Tournament will not take place physically but instead will take place online from April 8 to April 10, 2021. The physics-fights will take place between Friday morning and Saturday afternoon.

The rules will very closely follow the standard AYPT regulations, including as usually:

  • 12 min reports, presented live via videoconference
  • Presence of all 3 roles: Reporter, Opponent, Reviewer
  • Scoring by an experience panel of jurors

Register at

Austrian and international teams can register by e-mail to until March 01, 2021. More details can be found in the formal invitation. International teams are asked to also consider the “Policy regarding the participation of international teams” before registering. Teams consist of three high school students that are in the 9th grade or above, and one team leader.

There is no registration fee for the digital AYPT 2021. For more information, please also contact

Thanks to our sponsors: ÖPG, BMK, Ströck, SFZ, Land Steiermark, Stadtgemeinde Leoben, Infineon, Anton Paar, WKO, Neues Gymnasium Leoben, Rotary Club Leoben, EU


The Austrian Young Physicists Tournament (short AYPT) is a team-oriented physics competition among teams of secondary school students. During the tournament the students present their solutions to scientific problems which they have prepared over several months. Their solution is criticized during the course of the tournament by other students and their performance is graded by a jury consisting of experts in the field of physics. The goal of the tournament is to select the five best students which will represent Austria in the International Young Physicists’ Tournament 2021.

The seventeen problems consist come from different disciplines of physics and are sometimes also interdisciplinary. The problems are formulated in a very open way, so that they can be viewed from different angles and as a result there are also several ways to handle them. During the preparation phase the participants try to get as much knowledge about the problems as possible no matter which approaches the students might choose.

Regulations of the Tournament

The tournament consists of "Physics Fights" with three competing teams: The reporter, the opponent and the reviewer. The reporter presents one of the three previously researched problems in a 12 minute presentation. The opponent points out strengths and weaknesses of the report and starts a 15 minute scientific discussion with the reporter to adress open questions. The reviewer summarizes the report and the discussion and reveals possible shortcomings.

A jury then asks clarifying questions before grading the performance of each team. During the tournament each team participates in 9 rounds: three times each as reporter, opponent and reviewer. The entire Physics Fight is conducted in English. For a more detailed explanation of the tournament please refer to the official regulations.

The AYPT follows a similar schedule each year.

Structure of a Report

A report should show the results of a student’s elaboration within a presentation of 12 min (at least 9 min). It contains the following parts:

  • Statement (the task of the problem)
  • Theory (in every detail, but the other teams should be able to understand everything within the time)
  • Experiments (scientific approach, variation of all possible parameters)
  • Comparison of the theory with the experiment
  • Error analysis and how to prevent and minimise them (realistic!)
  • Conclusion
  • References

More :)

Find posts about the A- and IYPT (mostly german) in our blog and lots of photos in the gallery. Our old website comprised a lot more content and much of it is either timeless or still relevant. Examples include information on past participations in the international competition 2008 and 2009 (preparation, team), a collection of questions and answers, experiences from many years ago and an even high school thesis on the AYPT and IYPT.

Furthermore, there is a glossary of commonly used terms, and a list of reasons why you should participate. There is also a separate website about the IYPT 2010, which we held in Vienna: