International Physics Olympiad

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The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is a physics competition for secondary school students and is one of the International Olympiads. The main aim of IPhO is to test the highest level of knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, right practices of presentation and analysis, and hands-on skills in theoretical and experimental physics.

The first IPhO was organized by Prof. Czesław Ścisłowski in Warsaw (Poland) in 1967. Since then, the Olympiad has been organized annually in different countries as a 9-10-days competition wherein national teams comprising a maximum of five of their best physics students and two team leaders participate.[1]

Logo of the 50th International Physics Olympiad 2019 in Israel.

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Number Year Host Country Host City
1 1967 Poland Warsaw
2 1968 Hungary Budapest
3 1969 Czechoslovakia Brno
4 1970 Soviet Union Moscow
5 1971 Bulgaria Sofia
6 1972 Romania Bucharest
1973 Not held as no country was willing to organise it.
7 1974 Poland Warsaw
8 1975 East Germany Güstrow
9 1976 Hungary Budapest
10 1977 Czechoslovakia Hradec Králové
1978 Not held as no non-socialist country was ready to organise the competition without a prior, necessary long-time preparation effort.
11 1979 Soviet Union Moscow
1980 Not held as no non-socialist country was ready to organise the competition without a prior, necessary long-time preparation effort.
12 1981 Bulgaria Varna
13 1982 West Germany Malente
14 1983 Romania Bucharest
15 1984 Sweden Sigtuna
16 1985 Yugoslavia Portorož
17 1986 United Kingdom London-Harrow
18 1987 East Germany Jena
19 1988 Austria Bad Ischl
20 1989 Poland Warsaw
21 1990 Netherlands Groningen
22 1991 Cuba Havana
23 1992 Finland Helsinki
24 1993 United States Williamsburg
25 1994 China Beijing
26 1995 Australia Canberra
27 1996 Norway Oslo
28 1997 Canada Sudbury
29 1998 Iceland Reykjavík
30 1999 Italy Padova
31 2000 United Kingdom Leicester
32 2001 Turkey Antalya
33 2002 Indonesia Bali
34 2003 Taiwan Taipei
35 2004 South Korea Pohang
36 2005 Spain Salamanca
37 2006 Singapore Singapore
38 2007 Iran Isfahan
39 2008 Vietnam Hanoi
40 2009 Mexico Mérida
41 2010 Croatia Zagreb
42 2011 Thailand Bangkok
43 2012 Estonia Tartu and Tallinn
44 2013 Denmark Copenhagen
45 2014 Kazakhstan Astana
46 2015 India Mumbai
47 2016 Switzerland and Liechtenstein Zurich
48 2017 Indonesia Yogyakarta
49 2018 Portugal Lisbon
50 2019 Israel Tel Aviv
2020 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Russia-organized IdPhO 2020 was held instead as an IPhO endorsed event.
51 2021 Lithuania Vilnius (online)
52 2022 Switzerland Held online; Belarus was supposed to be host but cancelled due to involvement in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
53 2023 Japan Tokyo
54 2024 Iran TBD
55 2025 France TBD
56 2026 Colombia TBD
57 2027 Hungary TBD
58 2028 South Korea TBD
59 2029 Ecuador TBD[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The International Physics Olympiad". www.ipho-new.org.
  2. "IPho - Documentations". Retrieved 2022-08-13.