Since 2014, the team representing Germany at the International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT) has been determined in a separate national competition. The GYPT is organised by the DPG. The competition is organised by the University of Ulm together with the DGP, financed by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.
For the German Young Physicists' Tournament (GYPT), students work on 17 physics questions in the run-up to the tournament, which are published each autumn on the homepage of the International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT). Fourteen GYPT locations throughout Germany are now available for this purpose.
As in the international competition, the teams present their proposed solutions for the tasks set as "reporters", while an opposing team (opponent) tries to find weak points in the argumentation. There is never one correct solution - instead, creative proposals for solutions are discussed among each other. In preparation for the World Cup, the tournament language here is already English.
A jury of top-class scientists and teachers observes the pupils, then asks further questions and finally evaluates both teams: the speaker and the opponent. As in football, the tournament extends over preliminary rounds, from which the finalists are finally selected. The winners of the final fight may call themselves German Physics Champions. After the tournament, the jury will make a national selection of about ten of the best GYPT participants. Students who have not reached the final rounds with their team, but who have nevertheless stood out through good individual performances, have a chance of being accepted.
A few weeks after the tournament, the national selection meets for a workshop to put together the final five-member national team that will represent Germany at the IYPT. The participants' assessment will not only include professional competence and experimental work but also teamwork, commitment and the ability to communicate in English.
This programme is made possible by the generous support of the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Foundation.