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 additional observer 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.
Update: 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).