It was May 2015, Alex had just participated in the PLANCKS competition in Leiden and took the spirit, the enthusiasm with him to enlighten us. It didn’t take long to convince us that organizing such a great PLANCKS competition would be awesome. So we started to gather, ask people, basically to set up a core organizing team.
The first aim to realize PLANCKS 2017 in Graz was obviously getting the bid, so we started preparing our presentation. It was clear that I – as the president – would do the presentation at the IAPS AGM since most of the team unfortunately didn’t participate at the ICPS, though some loyal members (Alex and Patrick) attended the meeting via livestream.
ICPS in Zagreb was great – meeting so many dear friends, having such inspiring lectures and joyful parties (just think of the nation’s party 🙂 ) It was so nice to be here again and a shining example for how we want to organize PLANCKS in Graz in 2017.
Presentation time: I think we (Patrick Lainer – Austria’s long served HONC (head of national committee – supported me)) did well. There was some confusion about the actual competition date, since we assumed begin of June better apt, but finally as it is now, we set the competition to happen at the end of May. In the end we could win the trust of the assembly and got the bid.