In a team consisting of 6 students you can participate in the IPT by solving a list of 17 experimental problems. You have to start your preparation well in advance of the tournament, because all problems can be considered as short independent research projects. Only one team per country can participate in the tournament. During the tournament you have to present your solutions and also defend them in ‘physics fights’ against other teams.
The problems of IPT 2014 are available here. The next IPT will take place in spring 2014 in Lausanne.
The University Physics Competition is an international contest for undergraduate students, who work in teams of three at their home colleges and universities all over the world, and spend a weekend in November, 48 hours, analyzing a real-world scenario using the principles of physics, and writing a formal paper describing their work. Problems are written to be accessible to students who have had at least one year of university physics but are designed to be conceptually rich and open-ended in nature, so that they are still challenging to senior level students. Teams may use any nonliving resources during the contest. The 2013 University Physics Competition will begin on Saturday, November 16, 2013, 1am GMT/UTC.