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

First round 2018/19

In total 815 people participated in the first round of the Physics Olympiad 2018/19. 101 participants achieved the necessary 12 points to qualify for the preparation camp and the second round. Additionally, 27 wild cards were handed out. We would like to thank all participants and teachers for taking part in the competition.



The point spread of the first round 2018/19. The maximum number of points was 23. Credits: Sebastian Stengele

We would like to invite the following people to the preparation camp and to the second round:

Dario Ackermann Mickaël Antille Clemence Bachmann Konstantinos Bailas
Thibaud Banderet Simeon Barbey Alexander Basler Alesch Bättig
Yanis Bena Adam Berglund Erik Bernasconi Manon Bertola
Noè Bizzozero Aaron Bojarski Geronimo Bonivino Gonchigsuren Bor
Ramón Buchenberger Simon Bührer Florence Bur Tom Burger
Matthias Bürgler Micha Buri Nicolas Camenisch Fabian Colombo
Dave Corba Leon Dahinden Flavio Dalessi Marina De Franceschi
Michélle Dreifuss Tobias Ehrsam André Emmenegger Hiro Farre
Tobias Feigenwinter Benjamin Frei Elia Gacond Dario Gartmann
Adrian Gashi Max Generowicz Josep Girau Pieck Livia Gisler
Keanu Gleixner Fabian Graf Oliver Graf Julia Gschwind
Valentin Haechler Gabriel Heinrich Häfeli Lukas Hartmann Alexandre Hayderi
Gian Carlo Heller Jonathan Hemmi Lukas Hertel Florian Hoffmann
Jonas Hofmann Jiri Kaeser Hans Kieninger Orelian Kohler
Noah Koller This Koster Max Krummenacher Eliane Läuchli
Ruben Lippuner Lukas Loettgen Justus Maleck David Maleck
Jonas Mall Alex Marugg Adeline Mathier Jonas Meier
Mischa Meier Felix Meierhofer Antonin Mignot Nicola Minikus
Andrea Müller Andres Neff Yannic Neusüss Loïc Nicollerat
Jan Obermeier Noé Orlando Martin Oswald Nathan Perruchoud
Daniel Pfister Gian Pfluger Nicolas Profumo Tabea Quaderer
Tobias Riesen Etienne Rösli Noah Roux Florin Rüedi
Hanna Rutschmann Danny Sahan Yann Savioz Nils Schlatter
Nicolas Schmid Vincent Schüpbach Jonas Schweiger Tobias Senn
Lucas Shang Tianci Shao Azra Smajic Alexandra Smirnova
Cédric Solenthaler Meredit Sommer Alexander Sotoudeh Sven Steffen
Julian Steinmann Dion Stöcklin Eric Ströher Maxime Tanner
Alec Tarashev Axel Vanoni Robin von Reding Samuel Wahab
Aaron Wahl Pius Walser Tobias Weber Georgette Weingärtner
Cedric Wenger Mario Wildhaber Nicolas Willimann Max Wipfli
Luis Wirth Emmanuel Witschi Marie Wolf Yanjun Zhou
Elias Züllig Raphael Zumbrunn Aurel Zurcher Peter Zweifel

All participants listed here will receive an invitation with further information by email. If you don't receive an email by 13.10.2018, please contact Sebastian Stengele as soon as possible.