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. 

58 students competed at the SYNT 2018. We congratulate all students for their excellent work. 

Big congratulations go out to the winners Esther Thomet and Lucas Frauenlob from the team Quarkum Mechanics. In addition to winning the SYNT 2018, Esther Thomet also won the individual ranking. 

All the rankings can be found here:

On the 3rd of May SYNT 2018 will take place on the campus Irchel of the University of Zurich.

We are very excited for the second SYNT and look forward to seeing the students work. 

As the University of Zurich is closed on Saturday, all visitors have to be on our list in order to be able to enter the building. If you are planning to attend the event, please contact us through the website. 

The most important information and documents can be found here:

  • We meet by the entry of building 
  • Starting from 8:15 welcome coffee will be served
  • All participants have to be there at 8:45 latest, to complete registration
  • The welcome ceremony starts at 9:00 in Y15-G-20

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.

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 is open on our website until the 31st of Decemeber

Important Documents:

On the 6th of May SYNT 2017 will take place on the campus Brugg-Windisch of the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW. This is the first time this tournament is organized in Switzerland. After a successful SYNT workshop we are looking forward to the tournament. The most important information and documents can be found here:

  • We meet by the entry of building 5 (see booklet for a map)
  • Starting from 8:15 welcome coffee will be served
  • All participants have to be there at 8:45 latest, to complete registration
  • The welcome ceremony (Forumsraum 5.0B15/16) starts at 9:00

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