Experimental Camp 2019 at EPFL

Between the 15. and 17. February, the experimental training camp of the Physics Olympiad took place on the EPFL campus in Lausanne. From every corner of Switzerland, twenty-two participants joined us to prepare themselves for the final round of the Physics Olympiad.

Between some theoretical lectures about AC circuits, quantum physics, electrodynamics and statistics, the students were mostly focused on experimentation. During an afternoon spent in the electronics lab, they built and analyzed a high-pass filter and identified the content of “Black Boxes”. The following day, they worked on previous experimental examinations of the International and Swiss Physics Olympiads covering various phenomena such as fluid friction, phase transitions and Foucault currents. Additionally, a visit to the CROCUS, the experimental fission reactor of the campus, gave them a glimpse of what research can look like at a technical university.

We wish these students all the best for the final round in Aarau.

This event could not take place without the help of the EPFL. We would like to warmly thank the Physics section as well as the Study Programs Promotion Service for their precious support over the years.

© Photos: Alexandre Pinazza and Caroline Rossier

Results 2nd round 2018/2019

The second round of the Physics Olympiad took place on 16. January 2019. A total of 63 students took the exam in Berne, Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano. 27 Swiss participants, as well as 2 from Liechtenstein, qualified for the final round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad. Problems and solutions are available here (in German).

Rank Name Points (Max 70)
1 Yanjun Zhou 56.75
2 Hiro Farre 45.75
3 Hans Kieninger 42.80
4 Ramón Buchenberger 39.75
5 Noah Roux 38.40
6 Keanu Gleixner 35.70
7 Jonas Hofmann 35.55
8 Max Wipfli 34.85
9 Cédric Solenthaler 32.85
10 Jan Obermeier 32.40
11 Cedric Wenger 32.30
12 Mario Wildhaber 32.00 Liechtenstein
13 Antonin Mignot 31.05
14 Fabian Graf 30.40
15 Nicolas Schmid 30.40
16 Tobias Riesen 29.40
17 Eric Ströher 28.65
18 Matthias Bürgler 28.50
19 Etienne Rösli 27.90
20 Axel Vanoni 27.40
21 Noè Bizzozero 27.20
22 Adrian Gashi 26.90
23 André Emmenegger 26.85
24 Robin von Reding 26.70
25 Azra Smajic 26.65
26 Loïc Nicollerat 26.55
27 Clémence Bachmann 25.75
28 Flavio Dalessi 25.50
Leon Dahinden 21.65 Liechtenstein

Congratulations to all successful participants. We wish them good luck for the final round which will take place on 16. – 17. March at ‘Neue Kantonsschule’ in Aarau. A good performance at the final round will allow you to represent Switzerland at the European Physics Olympiad 2019 in Riga or even at the International Physics Olympiad 2019 in Tel Aviv.

We would also like to thank everyone, who didn’t make it to the final round, for participating. Hopefully, many of them will try again next year.

A few pictures from the different venues:

The exam in Bern.

Thermodynamics in Lugano.

The participants in Zurich.

Lab tour at the University of Zurich.

Volunteers marking the exams.

© Pictures: Michele Dolfi, Dominik Gresch, Timothy Mallor, Henning Zhang

Preparation camp 2018/2019

From 18. to 23. of November, the preparation camp for the second round was held in Vordemwald. 54 students participated in the camp. In addition to the lectures and the exercises, we visited the chocolate factory in Aarau. In the evenings, we had various entertaining activities planned. Some impressions are kept in the following slideshow:

IPhO 2018: Results

The international physics Olympiad took place from 21. To 29. July and had the best 400 young talents competing for medals. On the two examination days the young physicists solved three theoretical problems and conducted two experiments. They examined the elasticity of a polymer fiber, analyzed the signal of a gravitational wave and modelled the growth of a tumor. Lionel Philippoz, astrophysicist and supervisor of the Swiss team emphasizes: „The problems originate from current research problems. The high school students practiced how to think like researchers. They will hugely profit from this experience in the future.”

Text: Miriam Sager

From left to right: Arthur, Tobias, Hiro, Tim, Ciril. Picture: Lionel Philippoz

Switzerland was represented by:

  • Arthur Jaques, from Massagno/TI (Liceo Lugano 2)
  • Tobias Hächler, from Binningen/BL (Gymnasium Oberwil)
  • Hiro Farré Kaga, from Rolle/VD (Institut le Rosey)
  • Tim Mosimann, from Bellmund/BE (Gymnasium Biel-Seeland)
  • Ciril Humbel, from Burg/AG (Alte Kantonsschule Aarau)

Tobias Hächler won an honorable mention. Congratulations!

The complete results can be viewed here
Press release