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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 are 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.

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.

Applications for 2023 are now closed. An inspiring panel of judges selected the best entries, with an overall winner receiving £1,000/€1,200, plus £250/€300 for their school. Two runners-up each won £500/€600 and there were six prizes of £250/€300 awarded to an outstanding entry from someone at every age, from 11 to 16.

Submissions answered the question: How does physics power your passion?

Whether a video, an audio recording, a piece of art or sculpture or even a poem, Limit Less looked at and listened to all entries.

How to get involved

Watch our video for tips for entries

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And get inspired!

In 2022, almost 200 students from over 40 schools across the UK and Ireland entered The Eurekas, impressing the judges with their awesome answers to our question ‘what’s the point of physics?’. 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.