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Singapore to Host International Young Physicists’ Tournament for First Time

1. Singapore will host the 30th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT) for the first time from 5 to 12 July 2017. Pre-university Physics students from 31 countries will gather here to take part in a series of “Physics Fights” put together by the IYPT’s International Organising Committee – where teams will need to defend their own solutions and, at the same time, critique the solutions presented by other teams. Please visit http://iypt.org/tournaments for the list of participating countries. The event aims to promote science careers for talented students and highlight the importance of physics in our society.

2. When Singapore first participated in 2009’s IYPT together with 27 other countries, we were placed fourth position. Since then, Singapore has won the tournament five times, including the last four editions from 2013 to 2016. This year, the 2017 Singapore Team is mentored by ex-IYPT participants such as Joel Tan Shi Quan, Lim Yong Hui, Jee Kai Yen, and Sze Guan Kheng of Raffles Institution. Academics from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National Institute of Education (NIE) and DSO National Laboratories also provided advice to the students. Please see Annex A for more information on the Singapore team.

3. The IYPT 2017 in Singapore is organised by the Local Organising Committee comprising members from NUS, NIE, NTU, DSO National Laboratories, A*STAR and Institute of Physics Singapore, with the support of MOE. The committee is led by Professor Sow Chorng Haur, Head of Physics Department at NUS.

4. Chief Defence Scientist, Ministry of Defence, Mr Quek Gim Pew and Permanent Secretary (Education), Ministry of Education, Ms Chan Lai Fung will grace the Opening and Awards and Closing Ceremonies on 6 and 10 July respectively at U Town, NUS. Student participants, jury members and officials will also be housed in U Town.

5. In addition to the ‘Physics Fights’, various social, cross-cultural and education programmes will be organised for student participants, jury members and officials to learn more about Singapore - in particular our cultural heritage and innovations in science and technology.

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