The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is a unique, unforgettable and exciting way of promoting up-and-coming young scientists at the highest level. This international competition for secondary students is held every year. Taking part in IPhO 2016 were the five most promising new talents from 84 countries, who were subjected to challenging tests during the two examination days. This year's Olympiad was co-hosted by Switzerland and the Principality of Lichtenstein. The Association of Swiss Scientific Olympiads and the Association of Swiss Physics Olympiad chose Zurich as the venue due to its excellent infrastructure and the tremendous support provided by the University of Zurich.
Over the course of seven intensive and inspiring days, the around 950 participants got to know not only the two host countries, but also the city of Zurich. As co-organizer and host, Zurich University presented itself to the young scientists as a top-level study and research institution, while the city of Zurich elucidated the sustainable goals of the 2,000-watt society by means of its specially designed guided tours.
In addition, Zurich's first-class transportation system meant that our guests were able to enjoy excursions to the Principality of Lichtenstein and the Rigi mountain, as well as a trip by steamboat on Lake Lucerne to Lucerne. Also on the program as day excursions were visits to CERN and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, which as top players in their fields showcased Switzerland as a leading research center.
Thanks to the professional collaboration with our partners – including the Technopark and the Tonhalle concert hall – as well as with all the various catering and transport firms involved, IPhO 2016 proved to be a resounding success. This was not least also due to Zürich Tourism, whose competent staff were always there to assist and advise us. On behalf of all the organizers and guests, we would like to thank Zurich and its partners for an unforgettable event.
(Marco Gerber, Co-Manager, Association of Swiss Scientific Olympiads and Manager Hospitality and Logistics IPhO 2016)