Welcome to the website of the World Federation of Physics Competitions - WFPhC.
Are you into physics competitions?
The World Federation of Physics Competitions - or WFPhC for short - was founded in 1999 on the initiative of Dr. Waldemar Gorskowski, former President of the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), by requesting Dr. Hans Jordens to create a platform for physics competitions with the aim to promote excellence in and research on physics education through the use of secondary school physics competitions. Its members are individuals, organizations and institutions from all continents involved in science education and physics competitions.
The WFPhC organizes regular activities around the globe such as a biannual congress. It also publishes a regular newsletter that succeeds the journal "Physics Competitions" in introducing innovative ideas in the field as well as informing about activities of its members.
The WFPhC invites interested individuals and organizations to take part in the activities of the federation and is open to welcome new members.
Second WFPhC Newsletter 2019 (25.05.2019)
The second newsletter of the World Federation of Physics Competitions 2019 is now available (pdf, 2,4 MB). Enjoy "The Beauty of Fluid Dynamics" in the respective article. Also stay informed on dates of international physics and science competitions in this year.
First WFPhC Newsletter 2019 (27.02.2019)
The first newsletter of the World Federation of Physics Competitions 2019 is now available (pdf, 757 kB).. It includes an article about the Sir Karl Popper Schule in Vienna and dates of international physics and science competitions in this year. Enjoy reading.
Second WFPhC Newsletter in 2018 (08.06.2018)
The second WFPhC Newsletter of 2018 is now available (pdf, 1,3 MB). It includes two articles. The first one reports about the Polish Physics Olympiad. The second gives an overview of Physics Competitions in the Czech Republic.
WFPhC Newsletter (11.05.2018)
The first WFPhC Newsletter of 2018 is now available (pdf, 822 kB). In addition to a reflection on the very successful WFPhC-Congress in Vienna and information on upcoming competitions it includes an article about the Eötvös Competition.
The 8th WFPhC Congress in Vienna was a great success (28.03.2018)
The 8th Congress of the World Federation of Physics Competitions was held in Vienna from February 20th to 24th, 2018. 30 participants from 15 different countries took part in the event. A large number of talks and workshops provided ample opportunity for information and disussion centering on the congress theme Student Competitions and their Role in (Gifted) Education.
The next congress is planned for the year 2020 and will likely be organized in Macedonia. We are looking forward to see even more participants there.
Announcement for the 8th WFPhC-Congress 2018 (05.07.2017)
The World Federation of Physics Competitions aims to promote physics competitions for secondary school students and research on their potential in education. To this end the WFPhC organizes a biannual congress.
Beautiful Vienna will be the venue of the 8th WFPhC-Congress, which will take place from February 20th to February 24th, 2018. The focus of the congress will be on talks, workshops and discussions about Student Competitions and their Role in (Gifted) Education.
We invite teachers, researchers and organizers of student competitions from all over the world to join the event. Applications for talks and workshops are very much encouraged. We also welcome participants without presentations of their own to the congress.
For latest information see the congresses page.
WFPhC Newsletter (06.02.2017)
The first WFPhC Newsletter of 2017 is now available (pdf, 622 kb). In addition to information on upcoming competitions it includes a report on the EUSO 2015 in Klagenfurt.
Report on the 7th WFPhC-Congress 2016 (29.11.2016)
The 7th Congress of the World Federation of Physics Competitions hat taken place in Banten - Indonesia from September 26th to 30th 2016. The focus of the congress was on talks and experimental activities concerned with the question What can Physics Competitions offer to Schools?
For detailed information and a report see the congresses page.
Andrzej Nadolny is awarded the WFPhC Award 2016 (29.11.2016)
The WFPhC Award Committee has chosen Andrzej Nadolny from Poland as the recipient of the federation's award in 2016 for his outstanding commitment to physics competitions. The laudation (pdf, 23 kb) emphasizes his contribution to diverse physics competitions on the national and international level.
Unfortunately, Andrzej could not take part in this year's Congress. The head of the award committee, Jan Mostowski, therefore presented the award to Andrzej Nadolny in Warsaw.
Physics Competition Journal 1/2014 online (12.02.2015)
The issue 1/2014 of our Journal Physics Competition is now accessible in the journal section. Enjoy reading! If you want to report on something in connection with physics competitions your contribution to the journal is very welcome.
Award of the WFPhC goes to Guy Bagnall (26.07.2014)
WFPhC president Helmuth Mayr (left) awarding the WFPhC-prize to Guy Bagnall during the International Physics Olympiad 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Every two years the World Federation of Physics Competition awards a prize to a person having done outstanding work in physics education with focus on physics competitions. This year's prize was awarded to Mr. Guy Bagnall from Great Britain.
Guy Bagnall was teamleader of the British IPHO-team from 1984 to 2009. Beside this he was one of the persons who worked hard to make the IPhO a real international event.
Programme for the 6th WFPhC-Congress 2014 (29.04.2014)
We are pleased to announce the programme for the 6th WFPhC-Congress to be held from May 19 to 23, 2014 at the National University of Singapore. The focus of the congress will be on talks and activities concerned with Modern Physics in School and in Competitions.
For more information see the congresses page.