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

AYPT 2020


Thanks to all the participants of the AYPT 2020 who made this tournament such a great experience - despite COVID-19. We hope to see as many of you as possible back in Leoben in 2021!
Congratulations to the team of Villach St. Martin 1 to winning the AYPT 2020!
Digital AYPT 2020

Tournament


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 2020 in Romania.

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.

Tournament


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 2020 in Romania.

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.

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: http://www.iypt.at/

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