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New virtual tournament, minutes of the annual meeting and problem selection!
July 7th, 2020

Dear all,

We announce that the IPT 2020 will happen online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was decided in a online meeting involving the Directing Committee (DC), the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and the Executive Committee (ExeCom) that took place on June 21st. The tournament will now transcend from a competition-only format to an environment of pure learning for the future generations of physicists, as we also announce a conference-style part of the IPT. Therefore, there will be two separate events: the tournament, where you will be able to take part virtually in the Physics Fights we are all familiar with, and a conference, where you will be able to present the work you're proud of and respond to questions from the audience. Both events will occur right after the Summer.

For the conference-style IPT, there are great news. All participants from national selections are encouraged to present their best solutions! Registration is open until 15th of August, through this form. We appreciate the understanding and constructive thoughts on making the IPT happen in this tough year and we thank everyone that took part in the Deciding Assembly.

The minutes of this and all future meetings will be available online to the public at this link.

Call for problems!
With the online version of IPT taking place in the next few months, it is already time to decide a new list for 2021, when (hopefully!) the tournament will continue with its original format. Therefore, we ask you to send your problem suggestions! The problem collection for IPT 2021 will close on July 15th. We hope that long months of quarantine didn't affect your imagination and hope to receive some really tough nuts for the next year. Also we remind you that the problems are selected considering their originality, complexity and feasibility of preparing both theory and experiment using standard university equipment. A good problem is the one on which everybody can make a low grade simple solution but it also has an infinite space of exploration for a better solution. Also we allow a small number of problems requiring more sophisticated equipment (still considering its existence in the majority of universities).

All you need to do is write a simple statement about an interesting physical phenomenon you've experienced, that has stimulated your curiosity- who knows, it can be one of the next problems in the Tournament! Guidelines for suggestions are available here. To suggest a new problem, fill this form. The complete list will be released after the problem selection process we are already used to do, involving votes from the entire IPT community.  We look forward to seeing interesting Physics!
We thank you all for being a part of the IPT!

Best regards,

The IPT Executive Committee


The International Physicists' Tournament is a competition gathering university student teams from all around the World for unique Physics Fights.

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