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.



Each student who lives in Switzerland and does not turn 17 during the year of the tournament can participate at the SYPT. It is easiest if the student participates at the SYNT Workshop or a teacher of the corresponding school takes care of the coaching. In the case of questions, we gladly help: Contact us.


Interested, but too old?

Are you interested in the SYNT but you're already 17 or turning 17 during the year of the tournament?

We might have something for you if you want to compete in a science tournament similar to the SYNT:
the Swiss Young Physicists' Tournament (SYPT).

Check out the SYPT homepage and learn more about the tournament. 

Are you preparing for the tournament or thinking about participating but still have some questions about how the tournament works or what you will need to do during those Science Fights? Some commonly asked questions and their answers can be found here. If you can't find the answer you were looking for, feel free to contact us.


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.

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.

In addition to profiting from experienced coaching for the chosen problem, students are also introduced to the structure of Science Fights and the specific roles of the Reporter and Opponent.

We are excited that Nanolive will demonstrate the students their unique 3D Cell Explorer at the Workshop.

The Science Workshop is organized with the support of ZIS. 

Interested in participating at the SYNT but not sure how to prepare for it? We are delighted to organize the SYNT Science Workshop to help you prepare for the SYNT. During a three-day workshop you will get the chance to work on a selected SYNT problem and receive tailored coaching by our experienced mentors. In addition, you will get to meet other participants and take part in different fun activities.

The Science Workshop 2018 will take place between the 13th and 15th of February at Zurich International School. Please note that for organizational reasons only the problems 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be offered during the Workshop.

All costs (incl. accommodation, food, transportation) will be covered. Should you require a confirmation of participation or should you have any questions, feel free to contact us



The Science Workshop 2018 started on the 13th of February. Early in the morning 40 students made their way to Zurich International School.

After welcoming all the students, it was time to start working on the chosen problems. While some students had already started working on their problem prior to the Workshop and were ready to start further experimentation, others were new to the problems and had to research their problem statement further before being able to conduct experiments. By the afternoon everyone was working eagerly.

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.

16 students competed at the virutal SYNT 2021. We congratulate all students for their excellent work.

Big congratulations go out to the winners Orfa Falkenberg and Tirsa Falkenberg from the team cuysitas

The rankings can be found here:

We hope to see you all again next year back in person and thank you for participating.

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