Results of the preliminary round 2017

The preliminary round of the SwissPhO 2017 took place on Wednesday, 18th of January. 73 students from all across Switzerland and Lichtenstein took part in the competition, which was held simultaneously in four different places: Bern, Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano.

Congratulations to the following 25 Swiss participants and the 4 students from Liechtenstein who qualified for the SwissPhO 2017. (The ranking has no significance for the SwissPhO.)

Rank Name Points (Max 70)
1 Zhang Henning 56.75
2 Som Tamar 53.5
3 Isenring Pascal 52.5
4 Pinazza Alexandre 49
5 Baudis Nathan 48.25
5 Hajdin Nikola 48.25
5 Rutschmann Adrian 48.25
5 Vering Julius 48.25
9 Mazenauer Justin 45.5
10 Tobuschat Philip 43.75
11 Nussbaum Parzival 42
12 Humbel Ciril 41.75
13 Montandon Loïc 41.5
14 Biedermann Joel 41.25 Liechtenstein (non-competitive)
14 Wohlwend Konstantin 41.25 Liechtenstein (non-competitive)
16 Gaberdiel Alexander 40.25
17 Kellner Jost 38.75
17 Gartmann Jannik 38.75 Liechtenstein (non-competitive)
17 Hofer Maxence 38.75
20 Gianotti Nicholas 37.25
21 Hitz Maurizio 36.25
22 Mukherjee Ambika 35.75
23 Capelli Sandro 35
24 Kaufmann Timon 34.25
25 Jaques Arthur 33.25
26 Peppard Luke 32.25 Liechtenstein (non-competitive)
27 Schweiger Jonas 31.25
28 Bürgler Matthias 30.5
28 Jordan Ari 30.5

Best of luck to all the successful participants at the SwissPhO 2017, which will take place on 25th/26th of March at Neue Kantonsschule Aarau. The top five participants will then get the chance to represent Switzerland in July at the International Physics Olympiad in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

We thank everyone who was not lucky enough to make it into the second round for participating. We hope that many of you will try again next year.

Some pictures taken at the different locations:


Zürich (Uni)

© Bilder: Dominik Gresch, Michele Dolfi, Sebastian Käser

Registration 2017

You can now register here for the preliminary round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad. Registration deadline is 31 December 2016.

All important dates for this year's physics olympiad can be found here.

IPhO 2016 : Results

The 47th International Physics Olympiad took place this year in Zürich. The participants faced two five hour-long exams. During the experimental part, one task for the students was to study a model of the theory about phase transitions including beads. During the theoretical part of the exam the participants had to solve three problems. The topics reached form classical mechanics and gravitation to electric circuits with nonlinear components and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Besides the exams the program included excursions to Liechtenstein, the PSI and CERN.

Switzerland was represented in 2016 by (from left to right):

  • Markus Köhler, aus Balgach/SG (Kantonsschule Heerbrugg)
  • Nicolà Gantenbein, aus Eschenbach/SG (ehem. Kantonsschule Wattwil)
  • Caroline Rossier, aus Cottens/FR (Collège Sainte-Croix)
  • Quirin Reding, aus Honau/LU (Kantonsschule Alpenquai)
  • Bastian Lengen, aus Uvrier/VS (Lycée-Collège de la Planta)

The Swiss team performed really well at these competitions: Markus Köhler won a Bronze Medal, and Nicolà Gantenbein, Bastian Lengen, Quirin Reding und Caroline Rossier were decorated with a Honorable Mention!

Congratulations to all the participants not only for their individual results but as well for the great team performance

Results SwissPhO 2016

Aarau - April 2nd and 3rd the final round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad took place at the NKSA in Aarau. The 25 participants that qualified at the first round in January, solved exams for over 6 hours. Their goal was to be one of the five best, synonymous with a spot in the Team, which represents Switzerland at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) taking place in Zürich this year.

The exams were a big challenge for the participants. In the theoretical part knowledge in a wide range of topics in Physics was asked. The energy source of a space probe, the mechanics of the coorbital moons of Saturn and the properties of a synchronous motor are some examples. During the experimental part the practical skills of the participants were tested. First the period of a physical pendulum had to be determined with the help of a gravity pendulum, second the properties of a water jet had to be defined.

The final ranking of the SwissPhO 2015 is given as follows:

Rank Name Region Points (max. 120) Distinction Special Award
1 Lengen Bastian f 46.6 Gold SSP-Award 1
2 Zhang Henning d 46.55 Gold SSP-Award 2
3 Reding Quirin d 44.5 Gold
4 Rossier Caroline f 44 Gold
5 Gantenbein Nicolà d 42.4 Gold
6 Köhler Markus d 41.5 Silver
7 Rutschmann Adrian d 41.35 Silver
8 Isenring Pascal d 40.65 Silver
9 Mukherjee Ambika d 40 Silver
10 Hajdin Nikola d 39.1 Silver
11 Dilallo Francesco f 36.5 Bronze
11 Huang Xingjian f 36.5 Bronze
13 Vering Julius d 36.25 Bronze
14 Thoma Vinzenz d 32.1 Bronze
15 Kolb Patrice d 32 Bronze
16 Humbel Ciril d 29.25
17 Huang Sijing f 28.75
18 Mazenauer Justin d 26.25
19 Apffel Nils f 25.25
20 Mazzone Daniel f 24.25
21 Christes Alvar d 23.35
22 Kabbani Karim f 23.15
Unofficioal participants (Liechtenstein):
Rank Name Region Points (max. 96)
1 Biedermann Joel FL 29.35
2 Gartmann Jannik FL 24
3 Wohlwend Konstantin FL 18

1) Best Swiss Participant (Swiss Physical Society Award)
2) Second Best Swiss Participant (Swiss Physical Society Award)

Congratulations to all the participants, especially to the first five of them who are thus taking part in the IPhO 2016 "at home" in Zürich.
Everybody else that would like to be part of the IPhO 2016 as well, may register as Team Guide here.

Additionally we encourage all the candidates to participate next year again. The experience you gained this year will definitely give you an advantage next year. All others who can not participate next year are welcome to help out the organization!

Press release by the ASSO: :german, french.

Photos of the closing ceremony can be found on the website of the ASSO.

More pictures coming soon.

© Bilder : VSWO, Markus Meier