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Limit Less: The Eurekas

School students, no matter what subjects they are into, can help us diversify the range of people doing physics post-16. Read more about our annual competition and how you can get involved.


The Eurekas is an annual physics competition for students aged 11-16 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, to showcase the value of physics and to inspire students to see physics differently. It is part of the Limit Less campaign, which has been conceived by the IOP to broaden and diversify the range of people doing physics after age 16.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

Whether arty, sporty, musical or into literature and language, science or the humanities, we’re looking for students to show us how they interact with physics in their everyday life, how they see physics as part of the solution to an everyday challenge or global problem, and ultimately answer the question: what’s the point of physics?

Any student can take part, with group entries strongly encouraged, and all entries that fit the criteria will be accepted.

Get inspired!

In 2023, more than 200 students from over 60 schools across the UK and Ireland entered The Eurekas, impressing judges with their awesome answers to our question ‘how does physics power your passion?’. Get inspired and check out the mind-bogglingly brilliant entries from last year’s winners and runners-up that stood out for their originality, creativity and Limit Less spirit.

In 2022, almost 200 students from more than 40 schools entered, impressing the judges with answers to the question ‘what’s the point of physics?’. Check out the entries from 2022’s winners and runners-up.

How to get involved

Watch our video for tips for entries

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