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The IYPT Australia Challenge 

The official qualifying tournament for IYPT for Australia.
IYPT 2022 was hosted in Romania in July 2022 but, like several others, Australia were unable to travel. 
An online IYPT was held in July and a combined team from John Monash Science School, Carey Baptist College and Brisbane Girls Grammar School represented Australia at the event. Australia finished in 8th position at the event won by China.
The IYPT Australia Challenge 2023 will be held in March 2023
Dates: Saturday18 March & Sunday 19 March 
Register now via email:
Team Registration: Due February 18 at 9:00am
Late Registrations not accepted.
WA leading the way, Carey Baptist College and Santa Maria College first interstate teams registered!
Qualification 2023:
Stage 1: A School Team of 3 to 5 students prepare their solutions to five chosen problems.

Stage 2: IYPT Australia March 2023Saturday18 March & Sunday 19 March 

Host School: Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Brisbane, Queensland

8:00 am              Arrival
8:30 am              Round 1
11:00 am            Round 2
1:30 pm              Lunch
2:15 pm              Round 3
8:00 am              Round 4
10:30 am            Round 5
1:00 pm              Pizza/Sausage  Sizzle/Barbeque and RESULTS

This is a competition for teams representing their school.

Only one team per school is permitted (min 3 students, max 5 students). Each team must be accompanied by a Team Leader to be a juror in each of the five rounds.

A team formed with students from more than one school is permitted. 

If a team is not able to supply solutions to their chosen five problems they will be disqualified.

At IYPT Australia each team will be challenged in five rounds to present a problem from their nominated five problems. All team members are required to present a problem in the five rounds. Teams formed from three or four students may have a person present more than once. Each opponent team will challenge the reporting team to one of the reporters chosen problems in the five rounds of Physics Fights.

During the Physics Fights each student will also get the opportunity to take on the role of Opponent. Five rounds of Report and Opposition.


The team with the highest total scores over the five rounds becomes Australian Champions 2023.


An Australian Squad of 8 students will be formed, comprising the winning team and other invited members.


Stage 3: Australian Squad 2023

IYPT 2023 is being hosted in Pakistan and sadly an Australian Team will not compete. It is expected that a small alternative competition will be held for countries unable to go to Pakistan. Once this is known, an Australian Team will be selected from the Squad. 


More details will follow shortly.
Contact:                     Mr. Alan Allinson, Head of Physics,            
                       ,  07 3332 1361
Brisbane Girls Grammar School is recognised by IYPT as the IYPT Member Organisation for Australia (IMO) for the period 2018 to 2023.

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Come join the

Physics World Cup


Alan Allinson

Honorary President IYPT

President IYPT 2008 to 2015



Students seek to find theories to explain complex phenomena displayed in each problem.




Students conduct experiments to test their theories.




Students anaysis there findings and integrate their theory and experiments.




At IYPT the Reporter has twelve minutes to present his/her solution in a "Physics Fight".




The Opponent presents a Critique of the material presented.




The Reporter and the Opponent have an open scientific discussion.




A jury of physicists and teachers score the performances of the students in their various roles and how well they communicated their understanding of physics

What is IYPT?



The International Young Physicists Tournament was a tournament created in the USSR to foster scientific research and improved international communication in Physics. It is an annual team competition for high school physics students. Australia first entered IYPT in 1998.


The purpose of IYPT is to develop scientific thinking, research skills, communication skills and teamwork. It is a unique tournament for high school students of physics.


One purpose of IYPT Australia is to bring the benefits of the IYPT experience to Australian physics students. Australian involvement began in 1998 with a single school, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, representing Australia. This has expanded to be open to all schools in Australia.


Another purpose of IYPT Australia is to stimulate interest in engineering and science careers. The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems. Successful students will hopefully see future studies in science and engineering as an attractive option. 


...about IYPT


Take the Challenge!


Entry open to any school in Australia (or a joint team from two schools).

The selected 2023 Australian Team could contain You!


Foreign schools may enter providing students are not representing their country at IYPT in the same year.

Video: A universe of physics

Need Accommodation?

There are many options close to Brisbane Girls Grammar School and a short walk to the city:

The Park Hotel is a 2 minute walk away ...

Many others nearby!

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