About EuPhO

    European Physics Olympiad is a contest for high school students. In addition to the International Physics Olympiad (started in 1967) there exist traditions of regional competitions such as Asian Physics Olympiad (since 2000) and Ibero-American Physics Olympiad (since 1991). European Physics Olympiad was first held in 2017 in Estonia, and the second time the contest will take place in Russia. The concept of EuPhO is similar to real research situatuions, with short problems description and plenty of space for creative solitions.

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Participation Rules and Fees

    Each country can send up to 5 students and one leader; observers and/or visitors are also welcome. The participation fee for the students and the team leader is 250 EUR per person. The participation fee per every additional observer or guest is 350 EUR.

    There is no discussion of the problem texts, it is the responsibility of the international academic committee of the Olympiad to guarantee the quality of the problems. Academic committee is also responsible for the grading of the problems (if necessary, they can appoint additional markers). The problem texts will be short, so the leaders are expected to be able to complete the translation of both theoretical and experimental problems within an hour. IPhO-style moderation of the marks is substituted by appellation: it will be the responsibility of students to appeal any unjust grading (leaders can be present during the appellation and if needed, translate the communication).

    During theoretical round (5 hours), there will be three problems, one of which will be very difficult, one moderately difficult, and one relatively less demanding. Full solution of each problem gives 10 points, grading granularity is one point. Partial credit is given for each idea or formula which is used in a full solution. During experimental examination (5 hours), there will be one or two tasks; the total number of points for the experimental examination is 20 points, granularity is also 1 point. The award thresholds in points will be determined after appellation as such smallest numbers that at least 8% of participants will receive a gold medal, at least 25% - a gold or silver medal, 50% - a gold, silver or bronze medal.

    The results of participants from non-European countries do not affect the award thresholds, but all of the contestants with marks above the thresholds will be awarded with medals.


Sample Problems for Preparation

EuPhO 2017’s Problems for the theoretical and experimental rounds with solutions, as well as sample problems for preparation for the contest may be viewed here (http://eupho.ut.ee/#rules)

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Event Schedule

28 May - 1 June 2018 Dolgoprudny, Russia

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    Who can participate?

    Similarly to IPhO, the competition is designed for high school students. IPhO is also open to "Students who have finished their school examinations in the year of the competition as long as they have not commenced their university studies. The age of the contestants should not exceed twenty years on June 30th of the year of the competition." Educational system varies from country to country, and in some cases the boundary between a high school and a university becomes vague. Therefore we would like to specify that we consider a school where students have more than one third of lectures (in average per year) on topics related either to physics or mathematics to be equivalent to a university. However, we do not want this regulation to become a reason why one or another team would not be able to attend the competition. Therefore, please contact us if there are students in your team who come from schools which do not satisfy this criterion but you feel that those students have not been taught University-level physics courses (we may revise the criterion or find a different solution).

    Although the contest is designed for European countries, any other teams are welcome too!





The event is organized by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with the support of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.

Any questions about the Olympiad are welcome at eupho2018@mipt.ru

EuPhO coordinator,

Aygul Nizamieva