The IYPT Australia Challenge 

The official qualifying tournament for IYPT for Australia.
IYPT 2022 is to be hosted in Romania in July 2022 and the IYPT Australia Challenge will be held ONLINE on December 6 and 7 2021. 
An online IYPT was held in July and a team from John Monash Science School represented Australia at the event.
Qualification 2022:
Stage 1: A School Team of 3 to 5 students prepare their solutions to five chosen problems.

Stage 2: IYPT Australia December 2021 – 2 days

Updated regulations will be distributed in early October.


This is a competition for teams representing their school. Only one team per school is permitted (min 3 students, max 5 students). 

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

At IYPT Australia each team will be challenged in three rounds to present a problem from their nominated five problems. Each problem in the three rounds should be presented by a different team member. Each team will challenge their opponents to problems from their nominated list in three rounds of Physics Fights.

A team may reject any challenge. If they reject a second challenge they will be penalised with a multiplication score of 2.5 for that round.

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


A final with Report, Opposition and Review roles, may be held if sufficient teams enter Stage 2.


The team with the highest total scores in Stage 2 becomes Australian Champions 2021.


An Australian Squad of 8 to 10 students is formed comprising the winning team and five invited members.

The five invitations will be based upon observations at the competition and the marks from Stage 2.


Stage 3: Australian Squad 2022

Each squad member prepares a solution to two problems from the 2022 problem list. One new problem and one improved version of their problem from Stage 2. Team of five chosen based on progress made – April 2022.


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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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.

The selected 2022 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?

Sadly not needed in 2021.


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!