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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.

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IYNT

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

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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.

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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 SYNT 2020 will take place at MNG Rämibühl on the 7th of March 2020.

To aid students in their preparation we are organizing a 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 at Science Lab UZH from the 10th to the 12th of February. The problems 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16 and 17 will be coached at the Workshop.

Online registration will open on the 14th of October. Students can either sign up as an individual or already in a team of two. When signing up as a team please note that each team must have a solution to two different SYNT problems and choose to participate in the same language. Additionally, individual students are strongly advised to be open to participate in both languages, otherwise it will be unlikely that their registration will be successful.

Registration for the SYNT will open on our website until the 17th of January. Starting from the the 8th of December we will confirm the participation of registered participants, thus registrations before this date will be prioritised.

The SYNT 2020 will bring some changes with it. We hope that you are looking forward to the SYNT 2020.

The tournament will take place in two languages. Students can participate in English or in German. Of course, members of a team have to participate in the same language.

Every team will participate in the final round. In the final round, teams are allocated to fights according to the team ranking after the second round. Teams in each language group are arranged such that those similar in ranking are in the same fight.

For the first time there will be a team qualification for the Swiss IYNT team. At least twelve participants (the SYNT champions in each language category and further students selected according to the individual ranking) to the IYNT team qualification.

Preparation 

The preparation for this year’s IYNT started right after the SYNT, when the team was announced and gathered for a first meeting with parents, to discuss the logistics. Another five meetings with the whole team later, and many more individual meetings of coaches and participants, we gathered for the final preparation, before leaving for the Belarusian capital Minsk, where the IYNT 2019 was taking place. 

On the final day of preparation, everyone gathered bringing along their suitcases. Final experiments were done, and the presentations were improved further. After some final training on how to prepare an opposition, we headed for the airport to check-in the luggage. This allowed everyone to sleep a little longer on Sunday morning, before meeting again at Zurich airport. 

The next SYNT tournament will be held in a bilingual format (English/German). This is intended to make the entry easier for our young participants.

 

Additionally, there will be a team qualification for the first this year. While the team qualification will be in English, the best students from the German and English part will be invited to the team qualification.

 

Further information and the registration will follow in October.

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