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Survival Guide for Participants

Contents 1 Welcome 2 Plancks 2.1 Schedule . . . . 2.2 Talks . . . . . . 2.3 Accommodation 2.4 Rules . . . . . .


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3 Transport Information 3.1 General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.2 Arrival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.3 Friday - Registration / Opening Ceremony 3.4 Saturday - Competition . . . . . . . . . . 3.5 Sunday - Closing ceremony . . . . . . . . . 3.6 Monday - Lab Tours / Departure . . . . .

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4 Austria - Graz 4.1 Austria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.2 Graz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Dear participants, it is an honour for Alexander and me to welcome you to Graz, I hope you had a pleasant trip and are looking forward to taking part in this PLANCKS event. Two years of preparations including lots of working hours let this event happen and we hope everything works fine and well. If there are any problems which you can’t solve on your own, please don’t hesitate to contact us – except for the competition problems. We are confident, you won’t get lost. The purpose of the event is – beside the central competition – to bring you, young scientists, together in order to enable an exchange which would not be possible otherwise. The spirit shall be manifested in the scientific discussion where you have time to exchange ideas or just names with other teams. Share and develop ideas togehter; science means team play! With kind regards, Gerhard Dorn and Alexander J. Pfleger President and Vice President of the OC PLANCKS 2017 2

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Plancks Schedule

The schedule is also available as an always up to date Google calendar at


Friday, 26.05.

Registration, 10:00 - 15:00, BaGru, Petersgasse 16, 8010 The registration will take place in the physics building, the same spot where the opening symposium and the dinner will take place (see Transportation information for details 3

how to get there). You will receive a welcome bag containing coupons aka food stamps (for all three days), a PLANCKS T-shirt, a 3 – 4 days travel card (has to be activated on first ride). Food stamps cannot be exchanged into hard cash real money. No change - Tips are apprechiated. Opening Symposium, 16:00 - 19:30, P1, Petersgasse 16, 8010 Short opening ceremony followed by three public lectures. See section 2.2 for abstracts. Dinner, 19:30 - 21:00, Mia&Mason, Stremayrgasse 16, 8010 Dinner, you can pay with the coupons from your welcome bag. You can choose between the following meals (incl. soup ≈ 7,50 e): • Baked potato with ratatouille vegetables (vegan) • Alaska pollock (fish) with potato salad • Turkey strips “Sweet Sour” with long grain rice Extras like juice, salad or sweets are also available there.


Saturday, 27.05.

Competition, 08:30 - 14:00, Akad. Gym., B¨urgergasse 15, 8010 There will be an introduction to the rules at the beginning: Please arrive on time!


Lunch, 14:00 - 15:30, Rooftop Mensa, Stremayrgasse 16, 8010 Dinner, you can pay with the coupons from your welcome bag. You can choose between the following meals (incl. soup ≈ 7,50 e): • Teriyaki vegetables with basmati rice (vegan) • Linguini Aglio e Olio (pasta) with fresh parmesan • Chili Chicken with vegetables and basmati rice Extras like juice, salad or sweets are also available there. Scientific Discussion, 15:30 - 18:00, P2, Petersgasse 16, 8010 Opportunity to discuss the PLANCKS problems. There will be some professors present who will provide their expertise. The teams are encouraged to discuss their different solutions. Barbecue Party, 18:00 - 23:00, BaGru, Petersgasse 16, 8010 After the exhausting competition there will be a barbecue party with a suckling-pig, a beer bar and a live band (The Phy-sicks). There will also be some vegan food options. You can pay with the coupons from the welcome bag (≈ 9 e).


Sunday, 28.05.

Closing Ceremony, 10:00 - 12:30, Aula KFU The winner of PLANCKS 2017 will be announced. Some participants might already leave after this. 5

Lunch, 12:30 - 14:00, Bierbaron Pizza lunch at a typical Austrian student restaurant. You can pay with your coupons from the welcome bag (≈ 9 e). Cultural Activity, 14:00 - 18:00, Passamtswiese Depending on weather we’ll show you Graz or a museum. Pub Quiz, 19:00 - 23:00, Office Pub A pub quiz in a very traditional Irish pub marks the end of this years PLANCKS event. Scientific background is recommended, the fields of expertise may vary.


Monday, 29.05.

General comments on luggage for those who depart can be found in the transportation section. Lab Tours, 08:30 - 12:30, both Universities The lab tours will start at the A&O hostel. You will be split in groups of approx. 16 persons and visit three labs. We have organized the following lab tours: • Felmi - Centre for electron microscopy • Institute for Experimental physics & Insitute of Solid State Physics at TU Graz • Observatory Lustb¨ uhel - research observatory, satellite positioning 6

• Institute for surface science and plasmonics Chocolate Factory, 13:00 - 17:00, Zotter - South Styria In order to get to the fabulous chocolate factory we will take a bus from Petersgasse 16 (where the registration took place). The tour itself will take two hours. We will be back in Graz around 5 pm and stop at the airport and the train station on the way as well.




Victoria Martin The Higgs boson: Past, Present & Future In 2012, physicists working on the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced the discovery of the mysterious, but longsearched-for, Higgs boson particle. This subatomic particle had been envisioned almost 50 years before by Brout, Englert, Higgs & others. After the discovery, Peter Higgs and Fran¸cois Englert were awarded the Nobel prize in Physics 2013 for their pioneering theoretical work predicting this new particle. She will introduce the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron Collider and explain how and why physicists from all over the world are still working together on understanding more about the Higgs boson and its consequences for the fundamental physics of the universe. Victoria Martin is a reader in particle physics at the University of Edinburgh, and researcher on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC and the CLIC detector & physics project.


Reinhard Prix The “Sound” of the Universe: First Detection of Gravitational Waves and Beyond A burst of gravitational waves that were emitted in the final moments of the merger of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago passed through the two LIGO detectors on Sept 14, 2015. This event resulted in the first direct detection of gravitational waves (announced on Feb 11, 2016), and marked the beginning of the new era of gravitational-wave astronomy. Gravitational waves provide us with a whole new window into the universe, by allowing us to “hear” the motion of massive objects, informing us about events and properties that would be inaccessible otherwise. They also allow new and more stringent tests of Einstein’s theory of gravitation. In this talk Reinhard Prix will describe the first detection, the current status and the bright future prospects of gravitational-wave astronomy.


Karin Everschor-Sitte Topological Materials Karin Everschor-Sitte studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Cologne from 2003 to 2009, and was a member of the BonnCologne Graduate School of Physics until 2012. After a scholarship of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and a stay abroad at the University of Texas, she took her postdoc at the Technical University in Munich as well as at the University of Texas. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg Universit¨at Mainz and has been a member of MAINZ, Graduate School of Excellence as well as the head of Emmy Noether group TWIST since 2016. Additionally Karin Everschor-Sitte is Scientific Coordinator of SPICE. She will give a keynote lecture at the symposium related to latest Nobel Prizes about Topology, Skyrmions and their dynamics.




If PLANCKS has organised your accomodation, you will stay in one of the following hotels. Both are a 5-10 minute walk away from the train station (Hauptbahnhof). Breakfast will be served there.


A&O Graz Hauptbahnhof

Address: Eggenberger Str. 7, 8020 Graz Tram line 1, 3, 6, 7 stop Waagner-Biro-StraĂ&#x;e/PVA Phone: +43 316 570 162 3701


JUFA Hotel Graz City

Address: Idlhofgasse 74, 8020 Graz Tram line 1, 3, 6, 7 stop Esperantoplatz + 5 min Walk Phone: +43 5 7083 210



This is a short summary of the PLANCKS rules. The IAPS rules (Code of conduct) are valid throughout the whole event: Code-of-Conduct_2016-1.pdf


The full version, available at PLANCKS_rules.pdf ,

is the only formally binding version. There will be an announcement of the rules before the competition starts. Failure to comply may result in disqualification or loss of points. • Up to 4 people per team, up to 10 exercises to be solved in 4 hours • No communication between teams or to outsiders • Allowed items – Pencils, Pens, Paper, Rulers – Simple Calculators (+, −, ∗, ÷) – Simple English dictionary to native language – No books or other sources of information are to be consulted during the competition • Only one solution per exercise can be submitted • Submitted material must be marked with the provided anonymous team code sticker.


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Transport Information General Information

Public transport and bicycles are the most common means of transport in Graz. We will provide 3-4 day tickets for public transport during the event at the registration. Participants are expected to organise their travel to the registration (at the physics building, Petersgasse 16). Public transport does not run during the night. During the night time everything is within 30 minutes of walking. Taxis are also available and safe to use. Most rides will be about 10 e.


Central transfer point: Jakominiplatz

All tramways and most of the buses are connected by the central transfer point: Jakomini Platz. It’s very close to the old city centre and the main square. How to reach the following points: Petersgasse 16: Take tramway 6 in direction “St. Peter” and get off at station “Neue Technik” (see section 3.3), A&O hostel: Take tramway 1, 3, 6 or 7 via Hauptbahnhof (main station) to “Waagner-Biro-Straße”, 13

Jufa hostel: Either take tram 1, 3, 6 or 7 towards Hauptbahnhof (main station) to “Esperantoplatz” and walk 14 minutes along “Idlhofgasse” to number 74 (on the right side) or take the bus No 32 or 33 and exit at station “Lissagasse”.


Transport app

Best way to find bus stops, routes / connections and time tables is the web app quando graz. You can install the app or use the browser version:



From airport there is a direct bus (No 630) to Jakominiplatz. Check the app mentioned above (qando graz). If you don’t have mobile internet have a look at home.



Friday - Registration / Opening Ceremony

Please find your way to Petersgasse 16. If you start from the youth hostel, take tram 6 towards “St. Peter” and exit at “Neue Technik”. Below you will find a map how to get from the tram station to the physics building. For the tram you will have to pay 2,20 e (do it!), since you will get the tickets later at registration or you will have to take a walk. Guides will help you find the way.


Saturday - Competition

The competition will take place in a school called “Akademisches Gymnasium”. Please get up early, have breakfast at your accomodation and take tram 1, 3, 6 or 15

7 to Jakominiplatz (Jakomini square) and walk 5 Minutes to the school. The competition starts at 8:30 am with a short introduction to the PLANCKS rules. Guides will help you find the way.


Sunday - Closing ceremony

For those who plan on leaveing already on Sunday: please check out right after breakfast. You can leave your luggage at the youth hostel (ask at the reception) or take it with you to the closing ceremony at Karl-Franzens University Graz. You should take bus No 63 from “Hauptbahnhof” (main train station) and exit at “Universit¨at”. Guides will help you find the way. 16


Monday - Lab Tours / Departure

The lab tours will start right at the youth hostel A&O. Please meet after breakfast (after having checked out) in the lobby at 8:30. Guides will pick you up there. You will need your transportation ticket to take part in the lab tour. For those who plan on leaving on Monday, you can lock your luggage in the youth hostel before the lab tours (please ask there at the reception). We can provide you with transportation to the airport or train station after the our trip to the chocolate factory. If you want we can 17

pick up your luggage from the youth hostel with the bus that brings us to the chocolate factory at noon, so you can directly go to your flight.


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Austria - Graz Austria

¨ Austria (German: Osterreich, literally “the Eastern Realm” or “Eastern Empire”) is a landlocked alpine German speaking country in Central Europe. Austria, along with neighboring Switzerland, is the wintersports capital of Europe. Austria has about 8.5 million inhabitants and is part of the Euro zone.




Graz is the second largest city in Austria, with a population of about 280,000. Some 40,000 of this population are made up of students, as Graz is home to no less than six universities. The roots of Graz can be traced back to Roman times, when a small fort was built where the city center is today; Slovenians later built a larger fortress in the same place. The Slovenian name of the castle is Gradec; the name Graz is derived from this. Graz has many good sights; most of them are located in the old town that also is a world heritage site. There is a hill (’Schloßberg’) in the middle of the city which contains our famous Clock Tower (’Uhrturm’) and the remains of the big fortress that was blasted by Napoleon. As Graz was the cultural capital of Europe in 2003, there is the unique Murinsel (an island in the river ’Mur’ that goes through the city) and the fabulous house of arts left from that event. Moreover you’ll find more cultural highlights at the borders of the town, just ask at the tourist information located near city center. We will have spring season (so no winter equipment needed), average temperature in May in Graz is around 17 degrees Celsius. Rain is possible.




email: permanent office: Basisgruppe Physik Petersgasse 16 Phone No.: +43 316 8734138 Emergency phone: +43 660 3931203



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