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The Swiss Young Naturalists' Tournament (SYNT) is a Swiss competition held in English, where science enthusiasts aged 12 to 16 from anywhere in Switzerland can participate. In a preparatory phase they carry out a small research project, whose results are presented and defended at the actual tournament.



The International Young Naturalists' Tournament (IYNT) is the international counterpart of the national competition. Teams from all over the world compete against each other and a diverse social program promotes social contact of members from different teams.



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Pro IYPT-CH is the organization that organizes not only the national tournament SYNT and the SYNT Workshop but also the preparation for both the SYNT as well as the IYNT and the qualification for the Swiss team.


The SYNT 2018 will take place at the Universtiy of Zurich on the 3rd of March, 2018.

To aid students in their preparation we are organizing a three-day preparatory Workshop. During this Science Workshop students work on their chosen problem while being supervised by SYNT-experienced coaches.

The SYNT Science Workshop will take place from the 13th to 15th of February at the Zurich International School (ZIS) nearby Zurich. Problems 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be coached at the Science Workshop.

Registration for the SYNT and Science Workshop will open on our website as soon as all dates are confirmed. 

Important Documents:

Read the official press release (in German).


After weeks of preparation, we departed to China on Wednesday last week. Even though we felt well prepared with many good presentations, we went with mixed expectations, as it was the first time for all of us.
Arriving slightly delayed in Nanjing, the tournament started almost immediately for us with the opening ceremony. There, amongst other things, the 18 teams from 12 countries were asked to introduce themselves and their country in three minutes in an 'artistic' way, wich was graded by a jury. Our humorous slideshow combined with the distribution of some Swiss chocolate was well received and we placed only behind one of the local teams.

Early the next day, the tournament started for real with two science fights for all teams. In the morning, we went up against one of the Chinese teams and team Kazakhstan. Our hopes of starting well into the competition were fulfilled with our team winning the fight handily against the underwhelming Chinese and the even weaker Kazakhstani. Simran's report, Michael's opposition and Nadine's review got us together with the team's help a full 42.5 points, more than the two other teams combined. Only one other team managed to score higher that morning; The home-team "China-NFLS LaplaceWitches".

Round 2 in the afternoon looked like a much tougher fight, as we had to go up against the previous winners from Georgia (who placed 4th in the morning) and another Chinese team. But with a stellar round of 46.0 points we narrowly beat the Georgians and cut the deficit to the leading Chines more than in half.

On the next day an excursion to the Confucius temple was organised. However, in the morning we first visited the mausoleum of Dr. Sun, who has been an important figure in the history of Nanjing. For lunch we got the possibility to witness, that even American fast food chains are not everywhere the same. After another stop at a museum on the history of the region around Nanjing, we finally got to the Confucius temple. Dinner was served in a hotel nearby.

Read more: Gold for the Swiss Team

In the morning, the participants arrived from different regions of Switzerland as well as the Principality of Liechtenstein. They were welcomed at Zurich main station and guided to the Science Lab at the University of Zurich. After a general introduction, the participants had time to discuss their ideas on how to approach their problems. In the afternoon, they followed up with first experimental investigations.

Read more: Science Workshop Report

The Swiss Young Naturalists' Tournament (SYNT) is a project-oriented science competition in English, where students aged 12 to 161) from anywhere in Switzerland participate. In so called Science Fights two teams (each consisting of two students who worked on individual problems) compete against each other. They take turns presenting and defending their solution to a given problem, criticizing and discussing the solution of the opposing team. The performance of both teams is assessed by a jury. The teams have to try to convince both their opponents as well as the jury of the quality of their scientific work and results and of the understanding of science.

The Science Fights are accompanied by an attractive social program including lab visits, opening ceremony, lunch and dinner as well as the big final and the subsequent award ceremony.

Read more: SYNT - Description

We are happy to announce that the SYNT 2017 will take place on the 6th of May on the campus of the FHNW in Brugg-Windisch. We are delighted to have found an attractive venue for our participants and are already looking forward to the very first SYNT. Thank you for having us FHNW!

During the SYNT the teams (each consisting of two students) compete against each other in so called Science Fights. The Science Fights are accompanied by an attractive social program including lab visits, opening ceremony, lunch and dinner as well as the big final and the subsequent award ceremony. More information about the tournament can be found here.

Interested in participating at the SYNT but not sure how to prepare for it? We are delighted to offer you the SYNT workshop as a solution. During a three-day workshop you will get the chance to work on a selected SYNT-problem and receive tailored coaching by our mentors. Please note that for organizational reasons only the problems A, C, D, E, G, H, J, K, L will be offered during the SYNT Workshop. The SYNT Workshop takes place between the 19th and 21st of April 2017 at Science Lab at University of Zurich.

Students aged 12 to 161) can participate at the SYNT. All costs (incl. food and transportation) will be covered. The competition is held in English.

Registration is now open until the 19th of March:

Register here! 

For questions please use the contact form.


Important documents: 


1) Participants must not turn 17 in the calender year of the respective tournament.

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Future Events

  • SYNT Registration, (25.09.2017 - 31.12.2017)
  • SYNT Workshop, Zurich International School (13.02.2018 - 15.02.2018)
  • SYNT 2018, University of Zurich (03.03.2018 - 03.03.2018)