Author Archive for Timotheus Hell

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Media echo -> 300 students, 24 teams and 30 nations, write theoretical essays -> China won last year, Angel is world champion -> 300 students, 24 teams and 30 nations

I noted some of the mistakes. Funny how the media never gets it right. But still, we’re thankfull for every report.

Photos! Lots of photos!

I just uploaded more than 250 photos. They were collected from Wolfgang, Maximilian, Harald and Saskia – Thank you!
I removed all blurry pictures and all that showed any information about a report.

Fire Alarm at 1:30 am

A huge “thank you” to whoever set off the fire alarm at 1:30 am. The fact that I took my laptop with me just in case that this is not a false alarm somewhatย worriesย me.

update 8:50 am: Someone tried to dry a towel with a lightbulb. I have feelings towards this person similar as expressed in this song.

Some downtime

The other server ( and and some internal stuff) was down. Perfect timing for some downtime… sorry. All those updates might have been too much stress ๐Ÿ˜€

We’re working on the fight previews. Fight overview is online.

update 10:08 pm: They’ll throw us out of the office at 23pm. Still working on juror schedules. Individual Previews are also available now.
update 10:36 pm: Almost done, only one juror to go ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll fill the gallery tomorrow (hopefully) with the pictures I collected today.

Results of Round 1 online

This is hard and boring work. Sorry you had to wait so long. Somewhere I read “Problem 7 Kelvin’s Dropper” and someone thought that it’s a good idea to throw the signed grading sheets in the waste basket. About halve of the USB flash drive’s (the same that you got with your bag) stopped working. Bad, bad quality – and it’s too late today to get new flash drives…
There are power outlets without power. Air conditioners that don’t work. Beamers not willing to work with certain laptops (yes, we’ve checked everyone yesterday) and most of the laptops we got from Sony had some problem (we tried to fix this yesterday, but you know computers…)
My hopes are up, that everything will work more smoothly tomorrow.

Brigitte and Georg are working very hard on the Juror Schedules for the next days. Now that is a really hard problem, probably almost as challenging as the problems you’ve been working on ๐Ÿ™‚

Please contact us if you think that there is something wrong with the results. We’re only human after all ๐Ÿ™‚

Fight Schedule, Jury for round 1

As the title suggests there are now fight and jury schedules available. All those files can be downloaded from

I’ll be doing many updates on the website and blog – so check back often!

Opening Ceremony

Right now Florian Schreck (who substitudes for Rudolf Grimm as our opening speaker) is talking about ultra cold stuff. Finally gives me some time to blog ๐Ÿ™‚
The ceremony went well so far, the Festsaal at the ร–AW is just beautiful and Thomas and Kathi were almost as cool as Schreck’s atoms. The sound guy next to me however was so sunk into his cell phone that we almost screwed up the European anthem.

I really have to send my sister a photo of ~300 physicists standing up to the IYPT2010 logo she designed and listening to the Austrian anthem ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll make sure to get some photos and upload them to later!

It looks like there are no politicians who are going to talk. Sadly Heinz Fischer is abroad. But to be perfectly blunt: I think that most of the young physicists in here enjoy Florian Schreck’s talk about lasers, atoms and the Doppler effect much more than any politician’s speech.

update: Wow, how cool is that – now that the “report” is over, the audience takes the role of the opponent and asks questions about the accuracy of his experiments and points out some errors. ๐Ÿ˜€

update 2: Alan Allinson has just opened the 23rd IYPT. I’ve updated the website in the very same second he said “opened” ๐Ÿ™‚

update 3: The drawing of lots:

1 Croatia
2 United Kingdom
3 Korea
4 Switzerland
5 Russia
6 Nigeria
7 Australia
8 France
9 Poland
10 Germany
11 Iran
12 Kenya
13 Georgia
14 New Zealand
15 Sweden
16 Austria
17 Slovakia
18 Belarus
19 China
20 Czech Republic
21 Singapore
22 Bulgaria
23 Chinese Taipeh

Day 2

Well, at least for me it’s the second day of this IYPT and hey, it was even more exhausting than yesterday. All the 23 teams are here, almost everything is prepared for the first round of fights tomorrow and I’m looking forward to the opening ceremony (and not so much to getting up at 6:30 am to be there on time).
There will be a large poster where all participants are asked to sign. It’s 3m by 2m and printed at 300dpi – that makes about 837 MegaPixels. It was a pleasure creating this collage of all participants “connecting” the nations – but the final pdf was more than 3 GB – so not very easy to handle. I’m very pleased with the result (however fixing it to three large pinboards was rather hard).

This is the poster where all participants will sign.

The beamer in Room 1 is setup according to our highest standards.

The IYPT has (almost) started!

lanyards preparations

Cutting 300 lanyards for our badges

The tournament officially starts when Alan Allinson opens it this Saturday. But for me the start is leaving home (though I must admit Graz is not too far away from here) and going into that deep IYPT mode, were everything else slowly fades away. Teams from all around the world, preparations, “fights”, sleep deprivation – it’s a very special blend of topics, feelings and impressions.

Bags. Lots of bags.

It’s been a very long day, with some hectic preparations, lot’s of fighting with some technical equipment and carrying around of so much stuff: bags, pens, shirts, notepads – those are heavy in these large numbers.
Though I have been working all day, I really have to take a bow to our volunteers from china who have assembled all the bags for the participants – right after flying here! From last year I really know how exhausting the trip from China to Austria is.

Some of our volunteers from China (and Kathi)

I’m pretty tired now, but I’ve promised to myself to write a few words every day and upload some pictures…
So stay tuned for more posts, photos and eventually results of the fights!

Arrival Procedures

All teams which arrive on Friday (July 09), as well as all teams which
arrive on Thursday (July 08) and have previously arranged for
accomodation for this extra night with us, will be picked up at either
the airport or the train station at which they arrive.

Look for this sign at the airport / train station!

At the airport, someone with a sign saying “IYPT 2010” will wait for you
directly after the exit of the security and customs area. You will
receive further instructions there.

In the unlikely case that you do not find the person waiting for
you immediately, please wait at the exit of the security and customs

For all those who arrive by car or other means, registration will take
place at Hotel Academia (Address: Pfeilgasse 3a, 1080 Vienna). A map, in
which the location of the hotel is marked, can be found on our website.

We are looking forward to welcoming all of you in Vienna! Have a safe