Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students (PLANCKS) is an annual theoretical physics competition for (under-) graduate students. Participants of PLANCKS will compete in teams consisting of three to four members and they will have to answer very difficult physics exercises. Along with the contest several activities are organized such as a symposium and different excursions.
The overall goal of PLANCKS is to increase international collaboration, to host social activities and to stimulate personal development of individual contestants. By bringing physics students together from different parts of the world a setting to exchange ideas and experiences and to challenge each other is created.
The most important things to think about when organizing PLANCKS:
- The date of the event – always in May
- The location of the contest
- Expect around 30 teams (with 3 to 4 members) from all over the world. During the contest each team should have their own room/space.
- The exercises for the contest
Think about which professors you could ask to make an exercise for the contest. To fill up the four hours of the contest, around 10 exercises from different fields are needed.
- Science related activities
Organize a (small) symposium or excursion(s) to show how science/physics is done in your country and to inspire the participants
- Social activities
Let the participants get to know each other during i.e. a barbecue or a party.
- Preliminary Budget
Think about how much your plans will cost and how you will get that money. I.e. if the University has rooms, let them sponsor you, or ask companies in exchange for logos on your booklets and website.
When bidding on PLANCKS, try to include all of above in your bid. Especially the date, location(s) and preliminary budget are important. Try to have some ideas of how to handle the rest!
The election of the 2020 host will be made at the Annual General Meeting in August 2018, during ICPS2018.