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Latest Updates on EuPhO 23

February 24, 2023

2nd circular for EuPhO 23

The second circular for EuPhO 23 is out and provides additional information on the event in June 2023. (Download, 815 kB)

November 30, 2022

1st circular for EuPhO 23

The first circular for EuPhO 23 is out and provides important information on the event in June 2023. (Download, 397 kB)

November 30, 2022

Pre-registration open

We ask all delegations to declare their intention of participating by pre-registering for EuPhO 23 until December 31, 2022 using the form

The 7th European Physics Olympiad (EuPhO) will take place in Hannover, Germany from June 16 to 20, 2023. EuPhO 23 is organised jointly by the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel. We look forward to welcome up to 40 delegations from all over Europe and beyond.

Important dates for EuPhO 23

December 31, 2022 - Deadline for pre-registration

February 2023 - Invitation to EuPhO 23 and registration with confirmation of number of persons attending

March 2023 - Participation fee is invoiced and formal invitation letters to obtain visas are issued, if necessary

May 15, 2023 - Deadline for submitting team and travel details as well as for payment of fees

June 16-20, 2023 - EuPhO 23

About EuPhO

What is the EuPhO?

Based on eupho.ee/about/

About EuPhO

The European Physics Olympiad (EuPhO) is a competition for high school students. The concept of the EuPhO resembles real research situations, with short problem descriptions and plenty of room for creative solutions.

The first EuPhO was held in Tallinn, Estonia in 2017, the second in Moscow, Russia in 2018, and the third in Riga, Latvia in 2019. The fourth EuPhO was to be held in Sato Mare, Romania, in 2020, but was cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Instead, an online edition of the Olympiad was organised by Estonia with great success and 257 participants from 54 participating countries from around the world. The ongoing pandemic led to the decision to also organise the fifth EuPhO in 2021 in an online format. It was again successfully organised by Estonia, with 46 participating countries and 219 participants. In 2022, the sixth EuPhO was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia with 182 students from 37 countries.

As a European competition, the EuPhO primarily attracts European countries, but guest teams from around the world are also welcome. At EuPhO 23 we can accommodate a maximum of 40 teams and hope to be able to welcome all countries willing to take part.

Rules and Fees

EuPhO regulations

Based on eupho.ee/rules/

Similar to the IPhO, the competition is designed for high school students. The age of the contestants should not exceed twenty years on June 30th of the year of the competition, i.e. their 21st birthday should be after that date. We shall consider the age in years as a rounded digit with the floor function having been applied. In other words, if someone’s 21st birthday is July 2, he/she is eligible.

The competition is open for countries from Europe and beyond. Each country is eligible to send one team consisting of up to 5 students and one leader; observers and/or visitors are also welcome. The host country is eligible to send a second team. Countries officially participating in the EuPhO accept the responsibility of organising the competition themselves at some point in time.

Educational systems vary from country to country, and in some cases the boundary between a high school and a university becomes vague. Per current definition, we consider a school where students have more than one third of lectures (on average per year) on topics related either to physics or mathematics to be equivalent to a university. However, if there are students in your team who come from schools which according to this criterion are considered universities, but you feel that those students have not been taught university-level physics courses, please contact the President of EuPhO to find a fair solution.

The competition consists of two rounds: an experimental exam and a theoretical exam.

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 are 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 is the responsibility of students to appeal any unjust grading (leaders can be present during the appellation and, if needed, translate the communication).

During the theoretical round (5 hours), there are three problems, one of which is very difficult, one is moderately difficult, and one is 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 award thresholds in points is 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 the contestants with marks above the thresholds are awarded with medals.

The participation fee for the students and the team leader for a European team is 250 EUR per person giving a total of 1500 EUR for a full team of five students and one leader. The participation fee per every additional observer or guest is 350 EUR. The same fee applies for all members of guest teams.

If you are a team leader, you can obtain the invoice and specify the details about your team by registering to the event. If you are not a pre-registered team leader, please express your interest to participate by contacting us.

Event Schedule

June 16 - June 20, 2023
Hannover Germany


How you can reach us

For any question on EuPhO 23 please contact the organising team. We are happy to help.