Meeting Fellows – Making Friends – Join the first

Missing the good old days of ICPS, iaps2CERN, IAPS4FUSION and other events from the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS)? You are in luck! From the 9th – 13th of August 2018 the first IAPS alumni event will be organized in Helsinki!

International Conference of Physics Alumni

Queuing up at the registration desk, meeting old friends from last year, making new friends already at the Welcome Party, being totally excited and looking forward to a gorgeous week with like-minded young people from all over the world. Say goodbye at the Farewell Party – with a crying and an auspicious eye – crying because you already miss the awesome people you just have met, auspicious because you are already looking forward to the next year – the next International Conference for Physics Students (ICPS).

Everybody who has ever attended an ICPS knows about these feelings, these moments one will never forget. “See you next year”, might be one of the most common farewell.. And all of the sudden you have successfully graduated and cannot attend ICPS because you are not a physics student anymore, though you want to reunion with your old fellows.

What hinders you? Nothing! That’s the spirit of ICPA – the International Conference of Physics Alumni. The organizing committee behind Peter van Arkel wants to recall this unforgettable time with amazing people as we see a great potential of alumni events and networking. The ICPA is organized in close coordination with IAPS and to take place during the same period and at the same location as the ICPS. There will be common activities with the ICPS participants but also some individual time schedule for the Alumni themselves.

In the preliminary schedule you can see that we have joint activities with the ICPS; the guest lectures, poster session, sports tournaments and of course the parties (excluding the Finnish night which is alumni only). But there will be also some FREE TIME for us alumni intended to be occupied for some relaxed alumni presentations, our own excursion and open discussions. You can stay up to date by following our Facebook event  or by sending an e-mail to:

The registration will open on 15th of March.
Be there or be square! (Because you are not a-round)

~ The 1st ICPA Executive Committee: Outi Pönni, Manuel Tomberger and Peter van Arkel.
~ The ICPA 2018 Organizing Committee: Petri Savolainen, Joona Kontula, Ilmari Pärnänen

Practical information


The registration is done at the IAPS member network starting on the 15th of March 2018Registration form
There are only 50 places available for ICPA, mainly based on first-come first-serve so be quick to register! Full procedure can be found in the terms of agreement.

Price and Payment

The prices for the conference is as follows:

  • With accommodation €285
  • Without accommodation €125
  • Without welcome dinner €241
  • Without welcome dinner & accommodation €81

The price includes accommodation (Thu 9th Aug – Mon 13th Aug), optional Welcoming Dinner, and full conference program. Meals include four breakfasts (Fri – Mon), two lunches (Fri, Sun) and three dinners (Thu, Fri, Sun). Lunch and dinner are not included in the program for Saturday. If you choose not to participate in the Welcoming Dinner, the fee is reduced by 44 €. You may choose to organize your own accommodation, which reduces the fee by 160 €. Participants are responsible for local public transport tickets and all other travel costs.

The payment details will be included with the notice of acceptance to the conference. The deadline for the payment will be two weeks from when the invoice has been sent. If you do not pay on time, you will lose your spot at the conference. If you have any issues with the payment, please contact us immediately at The preferred payment method is by bank transfer. Since this might be costly for people coming from outside SEPA, we are currently investigating other possibilities. If you would prefer some other payment option, please contact us as soon as possible at, and we will see what we can arrange. We will ask you to provide a proof of payment (e.g. a pdf from your online banking service) to help expedite the process of confirming the payments. Please note that any fees associated with the payment must be paid by the participant themselves and not charged to the recipient.

Cancellations and refunds

If you wish to cancel your participation, contact us at A full refund can only be given if the cancellation is made before June 1st 2018. Also in this case, an administrative fee of 20 € will be withheld from the reimbursement.

Registration confirmation

You will receive the confirmation of your participation within four weeks of application.

Terms and Conditions

By registering for ICPA 2018 you accept that if you break these Terms and Conditions, the Anti-harassment Policy or the IAPS Code of Conduct, the ICPA Organizing Committee has the right to remove you from the conference, including the conference accommodation, without a refund.