Program details

On this page you can find detailed description of the accompanying program. Information may change slightly and should be up to date.

Legend for locations

Beranových 667, 199 00 Prague 9
Hotel Duo
Teplická 492, 190 00 Prague 9
Troja Campus
V Holešovičkách 2/747, 180 00 Prague 8
  • N1, N2, N3 - Impakt Pavilion
  • T1, T2 - Lecture Hall Building
Karlov Campus
  • M1, M2, M3 - Ke Karlovu 2027/3, 121 16 Prague 2
  • F1, F2 - Ke Karlovu 2027/5, 121 16 Prague 2
Futurum Music Bar
Zborovská 7, 150 00 Prague 5
February 12, 2024


19:30 - 21:00

Icebreakers and Get-To-Know-You Games

Come meet the participants of Fyziklani from all around the world! The program will take place at Hotelu Duo.
February 13, 2024


08:30 - 10:30

Transport to iQLANDIA

Bus Transportation
Bus transportation is provided for participants registered for the exhibition tour, please be ready at 8:05 a.m. in front of Hotel Duo.
11:00 - 16:00


Tour of the Exhibition
Only a tour of the science centre.
Tour of the Exhibition + Planetarium
Tour of the science centre and screening in the planetarium.
Tour of the Exhibition + Science Show
Tour of the science centre and a science show
19:00 - 21:00

Evening Program

Fermi Estimates Contest
Fermi estimation means essentially trying to calculate some value that is not trivial to obtain extremely quickly with little to no research, just with your intellect. It can be e.g. the number of Lithium molecules on Earth, how far will you swim in your life, how many cups of water are there in the Solar system, etc. We will give you these questions one by one and it would be an intense competition for you who is closest to true answers!
February 14, 2024


09:00 - 13:00

Cultural / Educational Excursions

Cultural / educational excursions
The individual excursions will be specified at the beginning of January.
Tour of Wallenstein Palace and Prague Castle 1

Guided tours of the seat of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and the most important Czech castle – Prague's landmark, which is also the seat of the President of the Czech Republic.

Please arrive at the Malostranská metro stop no later than 8:40 a.m.; meet at the metro exit. For transport from the hotel, you may use the metro from Střížkov station with a change at Muzeum station. Do not carry excessive luggage, knives, or any other dangerous objects.

Tour of Wallenstein Palace and Prague Castle 2

Guided tours of the seat of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and the most important Czech castle – Prague's landmark, which is also the seat of the President of the Czech Republic.

Please arrive at the Malostranská metro stop no later than 9:40 a.m.; meet at the metro exit. For transport from the hotel, you may use the metro from Střížkov station with a change at Muzeum station. Do not carry excessive luggage, knives, or any other dangerous objects.

Guided tour of Prague

Tour the historic center of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Meet in front of the Palladium shopping center on Náměstí republiky no later than 10:00 a.m. For transport, you can use the metro from Střížkov station with a change at Florenc station, and from there continue to Náměstí Republiky station.

13:00 - 17:00

Free Time

Participants will have the opportunity to explore Prague themselves.
18:00 - 22:00

Nations' Evening

The Nations' evening will be an opportunity for all foreign participants to get to know each other's cultures and learn something new about them. Each team will prepare a small introduction to their country, which may include food, clothing, songs, dances, or other cultural enrichment.

The hall will be open from 17:00, from when participants can prepare their stands.

February 15, 2024


09:00 - 15:30

One Day with Physics - Morning

Jeden den s fyzikou [CS]
Parallel program for czech-speaking participants
One Day with Physics [EN]

Lab tours at Troja Campus. In your application form, you may choose one of the sets of excursions listed below. Please arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. at the Troja Campus at the "T" auditorium.

Schedule of the excursions

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Annotations of the excursions

SQT | Superfluidity and Quantum Turbulence

Quantum turbulence is the chaotic motion of liquids exhibiting significant macroscopic quantum behavior, which connects the worlds of classical fluid dynamics and quantum physics. The most ubiquitous form of quantum turbulence is studied in superfluid helium, a phase of liquid helium below about 2 K capable of transporting matter without dissipation, analogously to its electrical cousin superconductivity. You will visit a low-temperature laboratory where we use a variety of techniques to study the dynamics of superfluid helium at temperatures ranging from 2 K down to 10 mK.

NMR | Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a non-destructive method for studying the structure and dynamics of matter with applications in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, and materials science. NMR uses static and radio-frequency magnetic fields to induce resonance in atomic nuclei, providing high-resolution insight into chemical composition, local atomic structure and symmetry, and important physical interactions. In the NMR laboratory at Charles University, we study a wide range of systems, from solutions and liquids to magnetic solids.

SC | Space in a Closet

A brief introduction to space physics, where you'll discover the nature of the solar wind and its connection to space weather. Explore the impact of space weather on Earth and ponder the question of whether we should fear solar storms.

UCJF | Silicon Detector Laboratories

The ATLAS experiment at the LHC in Switzerland's CERN will be improved by replacing worn parts and increasing its detection capabilities in the coming years. For this purpose, we are testing the properties and preparing to produce strip detectors with a silicon sensor at our workplace. We solved similar tasks for the pixel detector DEPFET for the Belle II experiment at the Japanese KEK. We carry out the necessary tests for this in our specialized laboratory.

MKF | Macromolecular Physics

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CAT | Physical View of Surface Chemical Reactions

Chemical reactions at solid/gas or solid/liquid interfaces determine the efficiency of many energy-related, chemical, or environmental technologies - fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, catalytic reactors, and pollution-abatement catalysts. Obtaining experimental evidence of the reactants, reaction intermediates, and the state of the supporting surface is, however, unexpectedly difficult. In this lab tour, we get acquainted with the elementary physicochemical techniques, allowing us to determine the chemical state, the crystalographic structure, and the morphology of the chemically active technological interfaces.

MIC | Visit to Atomic-Resolution Microscope Laboratories

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HYD | Hydrogen as Energy Battery of Future

Hydrogen has the highest specific energy of all fuels. It is, therefore, already used today not only for storing renewable energy but also for powering zero-emission vehicles. The basic building blocks of the so-called hydrogen economy are modern fuel cells and water electrolyzers with nanostructured catalysts, which we are also developing here at Matfyz.

ELEC | A View into the Microworld Through an Electron Microscope

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CLIM | An Interactive Model of Climatic System

Very simplified desktop model of Earth's system components (Sun, cloudiness, Earth's surface and albedo, ocean and atmosphere), their interactions and climate changes.

PLAS | Plasma in Space and in Laboratory

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VAN | Van der Graaf

In the area of the heavy laboratories in Troja, ÚTEF operates the Van de Graaf HV2500 electrostatic ion accelerator (VdG) with a maximum proton energy of 2.5 MeV. The accelerator can be used to perform basic research physics experiments - currently, polarized neutron interactions on polarized targets are measured, as well as nuclear reactions for astrophysical research.

National Technical Museum [EN]

An alternative program to the lab tours; a visit to the National Technical Museum. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Hotel Duo lobby.

You can view the most interesting and in many cases unique collection items displayed in the permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions. For those interested in a more thorough understanding of the history of technology and its broader contexts, the NTM also has a rich library and archive of the history of technology and industry at their disposal. The NTM prepares illustrative and interactive educational programs primarily for school groups, but this can also be arranged for groups of visitors announced in advance. The National Technical Museum also has its own research departments that carry out publishing and educational activities in the field of the history of science and technology.

13:00 - 14:15

One day with physics, afternoon lecture 1

When will robots start taking over at Matfyz? [EN]
RNDr. Petr Čermák, Ph.D. | 13:00 - 14:15 Recently, there's been a lot of buzz about which jobs might be taken over by robots in the future. Swiss researchers analyzed 1000 different professions [1] and found that physicists ranked first in terms of being least likely to be replaced by automation. But is it really true? Is physics really safe from being automated by artificial intelligence? Let's dive into the world of physics together and explore where AI is already making an impact. Join me as we ponder the question: When will robots start taking over at Matfyz?

The lecture will take place in N1 lecture hall in the Troja Campus.

14:30 - 15:45

One day with physics, afternoon lecture 2

Physics and its Place in Economy [EN]
prof. RNDr. Filip Matějka, Ph.D. | 14:30 - 15:45

We will talk about imperfect decision making of humans and about errors in choices that affect the economy. More specifically, we will mostly focus on the implications of noisy information and limited attention. It turns out that models of such behavior can be based on the concept of entropy, which is also widely used in physics.

The lecture will take place in N1 lecture hall in the Troja Campus.

19:00 - 21:00

Panel Discussion with Scientists

During the panel discussion, several scientists will share their personal experiences to give you an insight into life and work in science. Invitation to the discussion was accepted by

  • prof. Ing. Pavel Hobza, DrSc., FRSC, dr.h.c. | A distinguished Czech chemist recognized globally for his contributions to the field of non-covalent interactions. He currently holds a Distinguished Chair at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
  • M.Phil Mark Nelson | The Founder and Managing Director of Radiant Energy Group, having also worked as a consultant for the clean energy industry and environmental organizations worldwide. His analytical contributions have received coverage in reputable publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and leading European papers.
  • doc. Ing. Vladimíra Petráková Ph.D. | She is involved in imaging biomolecules using plasmonic nanoparticles and is a co-founder of Czexpats, a global network for Czech scientists.
  • Dr.rer.nat. Lukáš Palatinus | He is engaged in electron crystallography, the determination of nanocrystal structure through electron scattering, and conducts his research at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
  • Ing. Helena Reichlová Ph.D. | She works on spintronics and magnonics with the aim of contributing to the development of new, sustainable information technology at the Institute of Physics of the CAS.

The discussion will be hosted by Mgr. Daniel Dupkala, a physicist, a graduate of CUNI MFF, and a long-time organizer of FYKOS who led Fyziklani from 2017 to 2022 and contributed significantly to its growth.

The discussion will take place in N1 lecture hall in the Troja Campus.

Panel discussion with scientists (stream)
Due to the great interest, we are offering the option to attend the discussion from one of the adjacent lecture halls, to which it will be broadcast live.
February 16, 2024


08:45 - 14:50

Competition Day

Team Arrival at PVA EXPO

You can enter the premises from exactly 8:45 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

Opening ceremony and demonstration of the rules.

FYKOS and its events

Presentation about FYKOS during the break before announcement of results

Announcement of Results
Joint Photo Shoot of the Winners
10:30 - 11:30

Program for teachers during the competition

Scanning probe microscopy - a window into the world of molecules [CS/EN]
Mgr. Martin Švec, Ph.D.

This lecture offers an introduction to the realm of scanning probe microscopy, with a focus on scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Delve into the inner workings of these techniques and explore the unexpected possibilities they present for investigating the properties of molecules.

The lecture will be held in Czech with slides in English.

17:30 - 19:00

Problems Analysis

Rozbor úloh [CS]
Parallel program for czech-speaking participants.
Problems Analysis [EN]
Analysis of competition problems with some of their authors. The program will take place in F1 and F2 lecture halls in Karlov Campus.
19:00 - 00:00


Come and meet the other participants and organizers after Fyziklani. The party will take place at Zborovská 7, Prague 5 in Futurum Music Bar, and you can look forward to DJ Pavel Holý.

For transport from the problem analysis, you can walk to the Albertov tram stop, from where you can take tram number 7 to the Zborovská tram stop.

February 17, 2024


09:30 - 10:30

Lectures 1st part

Basics of crystalography [CS]
doc. Ing. Petr Kolenko Ph.D.

The technologies that surround us are largely based on the crystalline nature of the material. We will learn about the theoretical description of crystals, methods of solving the structure and practical applications of crystals around us. Can we already reliably predict new materials, their properties and uses?

The lecture will take place in T1 lecture hall in the Troja Campus.

Will Nuclear End the World - or Save It? [EN]
M.Phil Mark Nelson

Nuclear is the most powerful energy we have. But is it powerful for good or for ill? Let's take a hard look at one of the most controversial topics not just in Europe today but around the world with Mark Nelson of Radiant Energy Group. Come with your questions, concerns, and ideas, and no matter your view on nuclear, prepare to be challenged.

The lecture will take place in N1 lecture hall in the Troja Campus.

10:50 - 11:50

Lectures 2nd part

X-Ray Lasers for New Science [EN]
prof. Janos Hajdu

Ever wondered about the mechanics of lasers and what sets X-Ray lasers apart? Join this lecture for an insightful introduction to X-ray lasers, exploring distinctions from conventional lasers and free-electron lasers. The presentation will also present exciting new findings in the field.

The lecture will take place in N1 lecture hall in the Troja Campus.

The pursuit of surpassing the resolution limits of optical microscopy: peering into the intricacies of molecules using light [CS]
Ing. Tomáš Neuman, Ph.D.

Together, we will delve into the principles of optical microscopy and explore the inherent constraints on its resolution. By delving into physical techniques and innovative engineering, we will uncover ways to overcome the limits of conventional microscopes. Our journey will gradually lead us to the realm of superresolution microscopy, where we will examine practical examples of its implementation. Conclusively, we will explore advanced microscopy techniques that enable us to peer inside individual organic dye molecules. Unveiling the quantum principles governing their imaging, we will unravel the insights that can be gleaned about these molecules using light.

This lecture is held in Czech.

The lecture will take place in T2 lecture hall in the Troja Campus.

Crowd Madness: the unexpected behaviour of multi-star systems [CS]
Mgr. Jan Ebr, Ph.D. & Ivana Ebrová, Ph.D. & Mgr. František Dinnbier, Ph.D.

The laws of gravity are simple. When two bodies attract each other, they start moving towards each other, and if they pass each other, they start orbiting each other in an ellipse - Kepler and Newton solved this problem for us. But as soon as two bodies are joined by even one other, the problem suddenly becomes so complicated that it no longer has a general solution. Predicting the behaviour of thousands or millions of stars all attracted to each other thus seems almost impossible. In fact, in such systems - star clusters and galaxies - we find many interesting regularities. We'll explain some of them in simplified models and then use many-particle simulations to show how they play out in practice, or rather a good imitation of it.

The lecture will take place in T1 lecture hall in the Troja Campus.

12:55 - 17:00

Astrophysics Marathon

These lectures are held in Czech. If you have a passion for physics and astronomy, if your dream is to attend an astrophysics marathon rather than a movie marathon, this is your opportunity. Below are 4 lectures that you can enjoy all or some; the options are up to you.

13:00 - 13:50

Astrophysics Marathon 1/4

General relativity [CS]
Ing. Petr Dvořák, Ph.D.
This lecture is held in Czech.
14:00 - 14:50

Astrophysics Marathon 2/4

Physics and evolution of stars [CS]
Ing. Petr Dvořák, Ph.D.
This lecture is held in Czech.
15:00 - 15:50

Astrophysics Marathon 3/4

Black holes and gravitational waves [CS]
Ing. Petr Dvořák, Ph.D.
This lecture is held in Czech.
16:00 - 17:00

Astrophysics Marathon 4/4

Experimental Cosmology [CS]
Ing. Petr Dvořák, Ph.D.
This lecture is held in Czech.
19:00 - 22:00


After Saturday's scientific program, you will have the opportunity to chat with all the participants who will stay in Prague until Sunday at the buffet. The reception will be held in the Impakt Pavilion in the Troja Campus. The buffet will also serve as a closing ceremony for the entire program.
February 18, 2024


10:00 - 17:00

City Rally

The City Rally will take you across Prague. We will start at 10:00 am at the Karlov campus, where you will be able to store your belongings. You will form small teams and together you will solve various tasks related to the streets of the capital. This is not just a simple walk, you will have to engage your mind as well. The end of the game is not fixed, it depends only on your abilities.