IPT 2016 could not happen without the support of all his partners:


Founded in 2010, Paris Sciences & Lettres Research University brings together 25 prestigious establishments in the very heart of Paris.

Boasting more than 140 laboratories, a 3,200 strong research and teaching staff, an outstanding community at Master’s and PhD level, 12 endowed research institutes and many cutting-edge scientific facilities, PSL enjoys an exceptional potential for research, matched by an ambitious scientific strategy that puts it on a par with the greatest universities worldwide.

Research at PSL covers all academic fields. The different disciplines across these fields are in ongoing dialogue with each other, collaborating in major cross-discipline research. Through the resulting increase in diversity, this collaboration enriches the education PSL provides.

National Center for Scientific Research

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (French: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS) is the largest governmental research organisation in France and the largest fundamental science agency in Europe. It employs 32,000 permanent employees (researchers, engineers, and administrative staff) and 6,000 temporary workers.


ESPCI ParisTech is a major institution of higher education (a French “Grande École d’ingénieurs”), an internationally renowned research center, and a fertile ground of innovation for industry.

Founded by the City of Paris in 1882, for over a century the School has attracted leading scientific innovators like Nobel Prize laureates Pierre and Marie Curie, Paul Langevin, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, and Georges Charpak, who continue to contribute to the institution’s international reputation.

The School’s culture of excellence remains as vibrant as ever. Fully 60% of graduates go on to complete a thesis and earn their PhD. The School’s teaching faculty and researchers are building tomorrow’s knowledge base, publishing an article a day in top international scientific journals ; inventing the industry of the future, filing for a patent every single week.


The CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. It is a public body established in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. A leader in research, development and innovation, the CEA mission statement has two main objectives: To become the leading technological research organization in Europe and to ensure that the nuclear deterrent remains effective in the future.

The CEA is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research.

Fondation CFM

Concerned about the growing income gap between industry and academia, CFM created the “Fondation CFM pour la Recherche” in 2009.

The Foundation offers Ph.D. scholarships to the most promising young scientists, enabling them to carry out their doctoral degree without financial concerns. It selects recipients according to excellence: that of the student, the subject and the Ph.D. advisor.

These scholarships are not just available to French students but also to foreign students, for whom there is currently a dearth of available scholarships. The scholarships also allow students to travel, to present their results to international conferences or to spend time in a foreign lab.


France Brevets is an investment fund dedicated to patents.

FB has been created in March 2011 by the French state and Caisse de dépôts and funded with 100M€. France Brevets invests both financial and human resources to deploy IP strategies such as portfolio building, patent factories and licensing campaigns and shares on a success-fee basis the benefits with its partners. The later include research institutes, startups, SMEs, large companies willing to develop ambitious IP strategies and maximize the value of their patent portfolio.

France Brevets is most likely to invest in the following domains : IT/Electronics, energy, space, automobile, materials.

Ecole polytechnique

Founded in 1794, École Polytechnique is a world-class academic and research establishment which provides students with a well-rounded physical, cultural, and ethical education, equipping them with critical interpersonal skills for their future careers.
The prestige of École Polytechnique rests upon the quality of its students, faculty and researchers, and on its unique multidisciplinary education that meets the most ambitious academic and scientific standards.

The École Polytechnique faculty is one of the most distinguished in the world. Many professors work in the École Polytechnique Research Center, while others are leading figures in the business and socio-economic worlds.

LabEx LaSIPS ENS_large ENS Physics Department
LabEx ENS-ICFP Fondation NanoSciences Saint-Gobain
Doctoral School ED PIF ENS Lyon UPMC
Campus France Springer Nature Le Thaler
ESPGG Palais de la Découverte YOU

Institutional sponsors

Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and ResearchThe 8th edition of the International Physicists’ Tournament takes places under the high patronage of Mme. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research.

The Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (French: Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche) is the French government cabinet member charged with running France’s public educational system and with the supervision of agreements and authorizations for private teaching organizations.

Académie des Sciences

Ever since it was created in 1666, the Academy of Sciences has being resolutely committed to the advancement of science and has advised government authorities in those matters and issues deemed within its remit. It is a double calling that has been reinforced over time, as and when our knowledge-base itself progressed.Today, the Academy’s Members discharge their missions (Encouraging the scientific life, Promoting the teaching of science, Transmitting knowledge, Fostering international collaborations, Ensuring a dual role of expertise and advice) to the Nation and the Academy’s foundations, in standing committees and working parties set up by the Academy.

Get involved in a thrilling adventure about education in Science

Talk to your friends, colleagues, students or teachers about the tournament. Let them know about the wonderful opportunity they have by taking part in this thrilling competition !


The International Physicists’ Tournament is an extraordinary adventure, made by and for young, creative scientists that companies, start-ups and research laboratories are eager to hire. The IPT favors creative minds, the capacity for reflection and teamwork, which are indispensable ingredients for the modern scientific research and emerging economy, both built on the values that “make” the entrepreneur. The French Physical Society rejoices to see the eight edition of the IPT to take place in Paris.

To take part to the IPT is an audacious and rewarding dive into the world of scientific research and discovery within a friendly competition. The international dimension of the IPT is a tremendous amplifier that strengthen both self-confidence and trust in the group, but also the necessity to win the respect of different international formations.

Alain Fontaine, President of the French Physical Society








The IPT gathers students from all over the world who challenge their competences, improve their skills in science and technology and establish professional contacts. IPT is an extraordinary platform for revealing the true problem solvers that technology oriented enterprises and start-ups are looking to hire. A good education results not only in technical knowledge, but also creativity, the ability to discuss ideas and to work as a team. At the IPT, the young people experience all the phases of research: intensive literature searches, conversations with experts from research institutes and industry, development of theoretical models, computer simulations and testing by means of experimentation.

Prof. Jean-Philippe Ansermet, Director of the Physics Section of EPFL


You have several ways to get involved in this great adventure:

-Through a financial support
-Through a logistical support
-Through donations for prizes
-Through media support

If you are interested in supporting the IPT, contact us!