Physics talents on the podium

Last weekend was an important date for the 19 best young physicists in Switzerland. The final of the Physics Olympiad took place in Aarau. Five students won gold medals:

The finalists (all pictures: Physics Olympiad)

Gold (from left to right): Bruno Pontecorvo, Adrian Serrano Capatina, Patrick Zenhäusern, Lucio Ineichen, Luis Jost.

Adrian Serrano Capatina and Bruno Pontecorvo received a special prize from the Swiss Physical Society in recognition of their performance, awarded by Lukas Gallmann (right)

Silver (from left to right): Piranavan Subaharan, Silvan Zumbrunn, Si Tou Yuan, Cameo Hoschstrasser, Olivia Parisi.

Bronze (at the back from left to right): Yasser Ali, Thomas Zaugg, Michael Philipp Mösch. (At the front): Noelia Cheridito, Rebecca Stadler.

The theoretical exam

The experimental exam

Bruno Pontecorvo

Luis Jost.

Adrian Serrano Capatina

Lucio Ineichen

Patrick Zenhäusern

  • Adrian Serrano Capatina, Ecole Internationale de Genève (GE)
  • Bruno Pontecorvo, Institut International de Lancy (GE)
  • Patrick Zenhäusern, Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus (VS)
  • Lucio Ineichen, Kantonsschule Uetikon am See (ZH)
  • Luis Jost, Alte Kantonsschule Aarau (AG)


Five silver medals and five bronze medals were also awarded (see ranking).


Physics from dawn to dusk

The 19 finalists from all around Switzerland, selected among the 595 participants in the first phase, met on Saturday morning in Aarau's train station. The competition started soon after: for almost six hours, the students were tested in various areas of physics on the premises of the new cantonal school in Aarau. In addition to the theoretical questions, the young talents were able to demonstrate their practical skills during the experimental tests.


Friendship and fascination for the subject


Before exercising their brains again on Sunday, the participants had time to relax and socialize on Saturday evening. Patrick Zenhäusern, who made it to third place, particularly enjoyed this part of the final. "What I like best is getting to know the other participants and spending time with them," says the 19-year-old from Valais, who wants to study physics at ETHZ after high school. At the Physics Olympiad there are not only medals to be won, but also friends. Second-placed Bruno Pontecorvo would also like to study physics after a gap year. Explaining everyday phenomena through physics fascinates him.


No participation in the Physics Olympiad in Belarus


The results of the competition were announced at the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon, after a lecture on magnetism by ETH researcher Yves Acremann. Gold medalists qualify to take part in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). But since the IPhO is being organized by Belarus this summer, Switzerland will not be taking part. Instead, an alternative IPhO is being planned with Swiss support. In addition, some of the finalists will have the chance to travel to the little sister of the IPhO: the European Physics Olympiad will take place in Ljubljana in May.





First name

Family name



1. Gold* Adrian Serrano Capatina Ecole Internationale de Genève GE
2. Gold* Bruno Pontecorvo Institut International de Lancy GE
3. Gold** Patrick Zenhäusern Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus VS
4. Gold* Lucio Ineichen Kantonsschule Uetikon am See ZH
5. Gold* Luis Jost Alte Kantonsschule Aarau AG
6. Silver* Piranavan Subaharan Kantonsschule Schaffhausen SH
7. Silver** Olivia Parisi Kantonsschule am Burggraben SG
8. Silver** Silvan Zumbrunn Gymnasium Thun BE
9. Silver** Si Tou Yuan Brillantmont International Collège VD
10. Silver Cameo Hochstrasser Alte Kantonsschule Aarau AG
11. Bronze Thomas Zaugg Gymnasium Kirchenfeld BE
12. Bronze**  Noelia Cheridito Kantonsschule Glarus GL
13. Bronze Rebecca Stadler Kantonsschule Wettingen AG
14. Bronze Michael Philipp  Mösch Alte Kantonsschule Aarau AG
15. Bronze Yasser Ali Gymnase de Beaulieu VD

* Participation in the alternative IPhO

** Participation in EuPhO

The Science Olympiad supports students, awakens scientific talent and creativity and proves that science is exciting. Ten Olympiads are held every year: workshops, camps, exams and competitions for over 4,000 young talents in biology, chemistry, geography, computer science, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics, robotics and economics. The organizers are young researchers, students or teachers who voluntarily invest many hours and passion in this national program..



For free use with source attribution (Physics Olympiad). Download at the end of the post using the button.



Lara Gafner


Universität Bern

Hochschulstrasse 6

3012 Bern

+41 31 684 35 26


Further articles


Fünf junge Physiker gewinnen Gold bei Schweizer Finale

An der Neuen Kantonsschule Aarau wurde am 18. und 19. März gegrübelt, gerechnet und getüftelt. 28 Finalistinnen und Finalisten aus der ganzen Schweiz widmeten das Wochenende ganz und gar ihrem Lieblingsfach. Für die besten Leistungen gab's Goldmedaillen – und Tickets nach Japan.



Die Weisheit steigt aufs Siegertreppchen

Vom 16. bis 19. März fand das Finale der Philosophie-Olympiade statt. 13 Jugendliche schrieben um die Wette. Zu gewinnen gab es neben Antworten auf existenzielle Fragen auch Medaillen und eine Reise in die Wiege der Philosophie. Der erste Platz ging zum ersten Mal seit zehn Jahren an die Romandie.


Results 2nd round 2023

On January 18th, 82 students were fighting for a spot in the final round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad. In a two-part examination, exciting problems in mechanics, thermodynamics and optics had to be solved.


Semifinal 2022/2023

On January 19, 41 young philosophers participated in three local semifinals in Fribourg, Köniz and Wetzikon to write essays and participate in philosophical workshops. 13 of them qualified for the final in March!


These are the finalists of the 2023 Chemistry Olympiad

Mid-January, 50 curious young people from Ticino, French- and German-speaking Switzerland, and Liechtenstein met at the University of Bern. They went to research labs and learned new things from researchers. At the end, they solved 12 chemistry problems. 17 young people succeeded particularly well.


Informatics Olympiad Day 2023

139 participants have taken up the challenge and participated in the 2023 Olympiad in Informatics. From September 15 to November 30, 2022, they had time to solve tricky programming tasks online. At SOI Day on January 14, the mysterious tasks were solved and awards were received!