International Physics Olympiad 2016

Switzerland, Liechtenstein

From the 11th to the 17th July 2016, over 400 talented young students from 84 different countries went head to head in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) at the University of Zurich. But the IPhO was not only an intellectual contest: It was also a great opportunity for the competitors to meet peers from all over the world.


The International Physics Olympiad 2016 was hosted by the following three organizations: 

University of Zurich, with its Department of Physics

Office for Education of the Principality of Liechtenstein

Science Olympiad Switzerland, with its member, the Swiss Physics Olympiad


Final report

The final report summarizes not just the achievements of the organizers but, in particular, the challenges encountered along the way. We hope that it will provide future organizers with best-practice experiences from behind the stage, delivering insight into the scale and diversity of the tasks that had to be completed to make the IPhO 2016 a success. 


Exams and Results

We were committed to delivering sound and interesting exams of high quality, aiming not only to challenge the bright young minds but also to inspire and motivate them: ExamsRanking.


In order to communicate with the IPhO community and a broader public in Switzerland, we chose different channels: Social MediaNewsletterPR and Media RelationsVideos and Pictures.


The week

International Science Olympiads in Switzerland

Switzerland had and has the great opportunity of hosting other International Olympiads before and after the IPhO:

International Chemistry Olympiad 2023

- European Girls' Olympiad in Informatics 2021

European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad 2017

International Biology Olympiad 2013




For questions or other requests:

Please feel free to contact our team at the office of Science Olympiad Switzerland. We will be happy to assist you.