History and Previous Fyziklani
The first Fyziklani took place in 2006. It was formed as a parallel competition to the Physics Naboj organized by Slovak students. From the very beginning, Fyziklani was organized on behalf of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University and its students assembled in FYKOS.
The first significant change in the organization of Fyziklani happened in 2013 when the team categories were introduced (according to the average age of team members). The rules concerning categories are described in the Organizational Regulations of Fyziklani in detail. Another significant change happened in 2016 (due to capacity) when category A took place at Malá Strana, whereas categories B and C remained at Karlov. The last significant adjustment happened in 2018 when category A was moved from Malá Strana to the conference rooms in Hotel Duo in Prague. That year, we were pleased to welcome the first foreign teams from Spain, Latvia, and the Republic of North Macedonia.
Since 2016 there have always been more than 500 contestants. In 2019 over 700 students participated, which was by that time the highest number of participants.
In 2020 the 14th Fyziklani was held. The competition has been getting more and more known in public, and the interest among high-school students is increasing. Thus, the competition took place in Top Hotel in Prague, where more teams from all categories could compete at one place.
In 2021, due to covid-19 restrictions, Fyziklani took place online. Despite such complications, more than 400 teams from 36 countries participated.
16th year of the competition occurred in 2022 at the PVA Expo Prague, allowing teams from all categories to compete at the same place. Despite the still prevailing anti-epidemic measures, 776 participants from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom, Finland, and Poland gathered at one place in Prague - thanks, among other things, to the involvement in the Erasmus+ program, which made the Fyziklani International project possible. The accompanying program of Fyziklani also grew that year, with participants getting to know not only the science but also the culture of many other countries.
In 2023, nearly 1200 participants from 21 countries took part in the competition. Thanks to the nonprofit ESPR (now FABRIC), a new partner of Fyziklani, we could support the participation of several teams from Europe, Asia, and South America, and thus bring the competition and the education and opportunities that come with it to much more remote regions.