The organizing comittee that volunteer their time for the implementation of the international physics competition PLANCKS consists of ten dedicated physics students from Graz.



Gerhard Dorn – President – is currently an university assistant (PhD student) at the Institute of Theoretical Physics – Computational Physics at the TU Graz. He distinguishes himself as the former president of the student representation for physics with his experience in the area of team administration and organization. Beside his second degree in technical mathematics he is involved in the Foodsharing association and is an enthusiastic amateur gardener as well as an actor at the students’ theatre in Graz.

alex Alexander J. Pfleger – Vice President, Finances – always wanted to become an archaeologist and deepened into the classical languages. Through studying the writings of Archimedes and Newton he found his way into the Physics Olympics where he represented Austria in Bangkok in 2011. In further consequence he decided to study physics in Graz. Beside his second degree at the University of Arts he works as a volunteer at the Red Cross, plans projects at the association of Austrian pharmacists and is an active part of the TU Graz Racing Team.

rath Katharina Rath – Sponsoring – always wanted to have something to do with art, until her physics teacher intervened by awakening her interest in science and motivating her to study technical physics. But she didn’t let art rest and so she also studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In order to have a practical aspect of technology she works at AVL.

ranftl Sascha Ranftl – contact to public bodies – achieved successes at the Physics -, Mathematics- and Chemistry-Olympics while still being a pupil and eventually decided to study technical physics. At AVL he calculates engines, batteries and fuel cells with finite elements. As current mandatary of the university association of the TU Graz and president of the student representation of physics he also started the project PhiLab, a Makerspace for students. In his free time Sascha likes to play fireman, underwater rugby or to act together with Gerhard.

schiffmann Patrick Schiffmann – Symposium – has been a graduate student in Graz since September. He took part in several pupils Olympics, represented Austria at PLANCKS in 2014 and afterwards initiated the foundation of the PLANCKS Austria – Association. He shared in the organization of the first Austrian debate championship and completes a conference traineeship at the ISC-HPC-conference with 3000 guests in Frankfurt.

lainer Patrick Lainer – Internal Organization – is writing his diploma thesis about plasma physics at the time of the competition and is working at KS Engineering as a programmer. He was the president of the student representation of physics and beyond that has dealt with curriculums and internal organization in the ÖH. His hobbies (even though not his talents) include music, literature and martial arts.

sorger David Sorger – Sponsoring – is involved in the student representation of physics and works in the study commission at the development of new master studies. He currently aims for the bachelor’s degree in physics. In his free time he engages in kick-boxing as a competitive sport, is athlete in the national team and acts as the club coach.

jobstl Michael Jöbstl – Sponsoring – studies physics because of an excellent physics professor at his school; is also involved in the physics student representation and addresses mainly the cooperation of the two NAWI-universities. Outside of university he acts as a board member of the Landjugend Dobl.

werl Matthias Werl – Competition – decided to study technical physics at the universty of technology in Graz as a former student of a high school with focus on languages. Besides sports music has always been one of his passions and as a drummer he has already visited vast parts of Europe. One of his favourite territories is renewable energy sources, which is why he worked at fuel cells at AVL from 2013-2016. In the summer term he completed a semester abroad in Genf. In his function as a student representative he mainly organizes and oversees the first term tutorials.

pfleger Jasmin Pfleger – PR – studies environmental system science in Graz, after going to a high school with focus on computer science and passing final apprenticeship examination in information technology. Additionally she works as an usher at the Opera Graz.