PiA – Physics in Advent

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With “PiA – Physics in advent”, we created a special and unique kind of advent calendar: a physics advent calendar. We introduce young scientists, and everyone who has fun with it, to 24 simple and yet ingenious experiments and physics puzzles. They aim to arouse interest in doing experiments by yourself and ignite excitement within any observer.

From 1st to 24th December 2015, we present a little experiment in a video clip every day. You can do the experiment yourself at home and answer the question on our web page throughout the day before seeing the solution video the next day.

Eligible are students in school years 5 to 10, complete school classes and entire schools in particular in Germany, Austria, Switzerland or any other country. Join-in and win!

In addition to fun with experiments you can also win prizes. We draw prizes among the best participants in the categories individuals, and in addition among the best school classes and schools. Furthermore, every participant or every participating team or class receives a certificate with their achievements for download and print-out.

This year for the first time we offer PiA in German, English and with French subtitles. PiA is also popular among adults who like to solve science puzzles in competition with their colleagues at work, their friends or at home.

Participation in “PiA – Physics in Advent” is free. Registration started on 1 November 2015.

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"For their innovative and high-impact contributions to the study of phenomena dealing with the interaction of light with matter and particles".

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– to Toshiki Tajima, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA, "for the invention of the laser-wakefield-acceleration technique which led to a large number of fundamental and interdisciplinary applications ranging from accelerator science to plasma physics and astrophysics";

– to Diederik Wiersma, University of Florence, Italy, and National Institute of Optics of the Italian National Research Council [INO-CNR] and European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy[LENS], "for the first observation of Anderson localisation and of anomalous transport phenomena described by Lévy statistics in the framework of his highly original research on light propagation in disordered media".