Welcome to



July 18-26 2020



Dear IPhO Participants and Guests,

In the face of the difficult situation with spreading COVID-19 infection the IPhO 2020 Committee is staying alert and planning a meeting soon to discuss the potential actions to be taken in response to the situation.
Currently, three options are being considered (no date change, postponing, or canceling the Olympiad). The decision will be taken by May 15, 2020 when the situation, hopefully, becomes under control and more information will be available about the spread of the virus.
Until that time, we suggest:
not to buy travel tickets or buy the tickets with no cancellation fees,
not to obtain visas,
not to transfer the participation fee;
We hope the situation will improve swiftly and we will see you in Vilnius, Lithuania in July, 2020.

Welcome to IPhO 2020

President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda Dear Participants of the International Physics Olympiad,

I extend my greeting to the best young physics talents and team leaders from nearly 100 countries of the world who will come together this July in Vilnius, Lithuania, rightly described as a country of science and innovation.
Here you will embark on an intellectual journey to test your knowledge of physics. You will delve into the waters of science that indisputably affect many aspects of life in today’s global world. Physics is at the core of most important scientific discoveries, the driving force of technological and economic progress. It means that you – smart young generation – have our future in your hands.
Therefore, it is a great pleasure and privilege for Lithuania to welcome you to this international level event – a true celebration of valuable experience, development, new meetings and contacts.
Let preparatory work and participation in the Olympiad help you choose a career path, encourage to become leaders in education, new technologies and business through knowledge required for human progress in these times of innovation and challenge.
I wish your efforts to translate to strong results, innovative ideas and decisions. The best of luck to all of you!

Gitanas Nausėda
President of the Republic of Lithuania

Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania Algirdas Monkevičius Lithuania has been honoured to host 51st International Physics Olympiad – the largest in its history. More than 750 brightest minds and experts in physics are expected to gather in Vilnius to take up an intellectual challenge in this significant world-wide competition. Welcome to our country!
In Lithuania, physics has always been regarded as a cornerstone upon which technological revolutions were made and inventions changing and shaping our societies and our environment were generated. Lithuania is famous for its laser technology as one of the major industries of the country. Besides, Lithuanian physicists are also widely known for their accomplishments in organic optoelectronics, spectroscopy and semiconductor materials. We are proud of these scientific achievements.
Dear participants, I believe, you will not only demonstrate your best competences in solving theoretical and experimental problems of physics, but you will also enjoy your stay in Lithuania, find appealing its rich culture and beautiful nature, meet new people and gain valuable experience.
Good luck to you all! Let this Olympiad be the start of promising new friendships and the first important step into your careers of future researchers, innovators and world – shapers.

Algirdas Monkevičius
Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania