In person round in Erlangen 2023

The first round of the GPT 2023 was online in January 2023. The most successful teams of this Online-Round qualified for the In-Person-competition in Erlangen (March 18th and 19th 2023). On this site we will give more information about the In-Person-Round, especially about traveling and about staying in Erlangen.

Costs and Accomodation:

Note that there will be no registration fee. However, participants probably have to pay for traveling to Erlangen as well as for the meals and the accomondation in Erlangen. We will help to find suitable accommodations in Erlangen.


The tournament will take place in the physics buildings (Staudtstr. 7, Building B3, Room 01.683) on the southern campus that can be reached from the city center of Erlangen or from Nürnberg by bus. The nearest bus stops are “Staudtstraße” and “Sebaldussiedlung”.


Saturday, March 18th

13:00-13:15: Welcome address

13:15-15:30: First Physics Fight

15:45-16:45: Lab tour in the new building of the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics

17:00-19:15: Second Physics Fight

19:15: Results, Choice of topics to be presented in the final, Planning of Free Topic Session

20:00 Dinner in the city (t.b.a.)

Sunday, March19th

9:00-9:30: Free Topic Session: If you are interested you can present problems that have not yet be shown in the competition (Program will be finalized on Saturday evening).

9:30-12:00: Final Physics Fight

12:30-13:00: Results

About Erlangen:

Broad streets, baroque buildings and open squares – Erlangen is known as one of the best preserved baroque cities of Germany and appeals with a very special atmosphere. The city, as it is known today, was built in the 17th and 18th century, following almost complete destruction during the Thirty Years’ war. Huguenots, who left France because of political persecution, contributed strongly to the rise of the small but thriving town.

During those times, the Friedrich-Alexander-University was founded in 1743, serving today as Alma Mater for roughly 40,000 students, in a city with only little more than 100,000 inhabitants. Accordingly, Erlangen’s appearance is dominantly characterised by the university and its students.

Kollegienhaus, one of the oldest university buildings, demonstrating the baroque appearance of Erlangen

The natural science faculty was founded, relatively late, in 1928. Therefore, a lot of famous alumni such as Georg Simon Ohm or Felix Klein were members of the philosophical faculty. Nowadays, most of the faculty of natural sciences “NatFak” is situated at the south of the city and is together with the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light a strong research institution. The GPT will be hosted in a seminar room of the department of physics.