Preliminaries are nearly over!

On the 16th February three preliminaries spanning three time zones took place to determine which teams will be participating in the PLANCKS competition at the end of May. In Lisbon, Vienna and Bucharest twelve teams  (five from Portugal, three from Austria and four from Romania) simultaneously proofed their suitability by solving the complicated tasks. Teams consisted of four people (just like at PLANCKS) and they had a few hours to solve the problems in order to qualify for PLANCKS. Just a few days afterwards the Netherlands and Italy had their joined preliminary, and also Croatia and the UK have already determined the teams they will be sending to Austria in May. To get an idea of how this went down, check out the photos below:

SAMSUNG CSC

Travel fund for non-European

In order to support those teams who live not next to the competition site (non-europeans) and thanks to the financial support of our sponsors the organizing committee decided to create a travel award.

Registration is open from now on till 9th of April for teams from non European countries (if you don’t know if you live in an European country, just check this definition on Wikipedia or contact us per email ;).

We have four travel awards of 500€ each dedicated to those teams (one 500€ award per winning team) who send us the best videos.
So all you have to do is gather your team mates and tell us in a short video (e.g. ~ 3 Minutes), who you are, where you are from, why you want to participate in PLANCKS, what do you expect and how do you prepare for it – and be creative 🙂
Please upload the video (for instance on Facebook) with the hashtag #plancks2017 and send us a link.

We will screen all received videos and will announce the winners presumably on April the 12th.

Just go for it 😉

Reinhard Prix about gravitational waves

Reinhard Prix
Senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institut – AEI), Hannover. As an alumni of both universities in Graz he is looking forward to give a talk about gravitational waves at the symposium.

His main research area today is the development and implementation of data-analysis methods for the search for continuous gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars. He is one of the core developers and scientist of the Einstein@Home project to search for gravitational waves and electromagnetic emission from neutron stars.

As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Reinhard also contributed to the discovery of the first gravitational wave signal (GW150914), in particular to characterizing the ringdown signal following the merger.

Map of participating countries

The direct registration is over and we got teams from over 20 countries!!!
There are still some preliminaries to take place but we are confident that this year we get more teams than ever.
Have a look at the map (Singapore, India, Nepal are not depicted)