It is with a heavy heart that we, the organizers of the IPhO 2021, announce the latest decision to have the IPhO 2021 only in the online format. We made this decision for many reasons, mainly because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases all around the world which has made a lot of delegations change their choice of format recently making the physical format a very small event. In addition to that, the vaccination against COVID-19 is going too slow on the global scale to guarantee a safe and seamless physical event. It is very sad news for us as we were working hard and looking forward to welcoming more than half of the teams physically in Lithuania and we are sure it is also a very unexpected development especially for all those who started planning their journeys to Lithuania to attend the IPhO 2021 physically.
For the next steps, we are inviting the team leaders of those delegations who were planning to participate in the physical format to now plan for the online format and provide us with the updated delegation details (the delegation size and invigilator details) until May 24, 23:59 EEST. Please, study the preliminary guidelines for the online format which you can find in the second circular. We will share more updates soon.

For now check some online format details here: