European Physics Olympiad

Dolgoprudny, May 28th - June 1st

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 situations, with short problems description and plenty of space for creative solutions.

Participating counties

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan

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.

Requirements for Participants

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!

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

Academic committee


Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Head of the theory examination at IPhO-2012, author of a series of study guides for Physics Olympiads.


Beloit College, USA

Academic leader of the US Physics team.


Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

Best theory paper at IPhO-2005.


University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Author of two problems at World Physics Olympiad.


University of Latvia, Latvia

Academic leader of the Latvian Physics team.


Teramips Technologies, Israel

Co-organizer and the author of two theoretical problems of Asian Physics Olympiad 2011, contestant at International Physics Olympiad 1996.


Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE)

One of the authors of the book „200 More Puzzling Physics Problems: With Hints and Solutions“, author of a World Physics Olympiad problem.


Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

Trainer of Russian Physics team, author of an experimental problem of Asian Physics Olympiad 2017


Lebedev Physical Institute, Russia

Trainer of Russian Physics team, author of a theoretical problem of Asian Physics Olympiad 2017

Event Schedule

28 May - 1 June 2018 Dolgoprudny, Russia


Team Leaders

28/05, Mon

Day 1, Arrival & Opening

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Arrival to the Sheremetyevo airport and transfer to MIPT campus

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Opening ceremony

29/05, Tue

Day 2, Experimental round

5:00 am - 7:30 am

Translation of the experimental problems

8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Experimental round

1:30 pm - 0:00 am

Free time/excursions

30/05, Wed

Day 3, Theoretical round

5:00 am - 7:30 am

Translation of the theoretical problems

8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Theoretical round

1:30 pm - 0:00 am

Free time/ excursions

31/05, Thu

Day 4, Moderation

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Free time

3:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Moderation (optional)

01/06, Fri

Day 5, Closing & Departure

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Closing ceremony

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Gala - lunch

1:00 pm - 0:00 am


Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Nikolay Kudryavtsev

    Chair, MIPT Rector

  • Dr. Artem Voronov

    Deputy chair, MIPT Vice-rector for academic affairs and pre-university education

  • Dr. Valery Slobodyanin

    Deputy chair, MIPT, head of the Curriculum Laboratory for Engaging Gifted Students

  • Artemy Eliseev

    Deputy chair, project manager, MIPT

  • Dr. Ivan Erofeev

    EuPhO coordinator, MIPT

  • Aygul Nizamieva

    EuPhO coordinator, MIPT

  • Daria Demyanova

    EuPhO coordinator, MIPT

  • Fedor Tsybrov

    Experiment coordinator, MIPT

  • Elena Khavina

    Designer, MIPT

  • Dmitriy Popov

    Web developer, MIPT


The event is organized by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with the support of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.
Address: 9 Institutskiy per., Dolgoprudny, Moscow Region, 141701, Russian Federation

For teams: with questions about participation, accommodation, visas and etc. please contact EuPhO coordinator Aygul Nizamieva, or, +7(985)492-17-76
With questions about the EuPhO rules, problems for preparation and theoretical problems please contact the Head of Academic Committee, Jaan Kalda,

For partners and sponsors: if you are interested in sponsorship or partnership, please contact EuPhO 2018 project manager, Artemy Eliseev,, +7(926)627-84-77

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