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


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, which is held 2019 in Poland.

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.

AYPT 2019

The 20th Austrian Young Physicists’ Tournament will take place from April 25 to April 27, 2019. The tournament will take place at Montanuniversität Leoben, in Franz Josef Straße 18, 8700 Leoben, Austria. Austrian and international teams can register by e-mail to until March 01, 2019. 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.

The registration fee amounts to 500 Euro per team and covers accommodation, food, and tournament participation for the team members and one team leader for two nights (Thursday to Saturday). The registration fee is reduced to 400 Euro per team for Austrian teams that pay the registration fee before March 01, 2019. Unfortunately, we cannot refund registration fees for teams that have to cancel their participation. For more information, please also contact

Thanks to this year's sponsors: Land Steiermark, Stadtgemeinde Leoben, Infineon, BMVIT, WKO, Neues Gymnasium Leoben, Rotary Club Leoben!

Structure 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:

Thanks to our (former) sponsors and supporters! And to this years' team sponsors: