Official rules

Official Rules

The IPT is a major event of IAPS, and its operation is regulated by the set of documents: IPT Rules and IPT Game Rules. The transition period is covered by the IAPS-IPT Recommendations on the Transition Period.
All documents have been voted on by the IPT Decision Assembly (online poll, 15 Nov 2022) and IAPS Annual General Meeting (online meeting, 6 August 2022). The IPT Rules comply with the IAPS regulatory documents accessible here. Chapter 13 of the IAPS Regulation covers IPT-related issues.

Frequent questions

If you have questions about the rules of IPT, please check out our FAQ. If your question remains unanswered, do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

Who can participate?

One team per country (except special cases):

  • 6 Bachelor or Master students per team (no PhD student)
  • 1-2 team leaders for each team to also participate as jury members
  • additional “guests” that can cheer for their teams and experience IPT

How much does it cost ?

Each team has to pay a participation fee of EUR 1100.-. This covers the accommodation, catering during the tournament, the transportation around the city and all activities related to the tournament for the team of up to 6 students and for up to 2 accompanying persons (team-leader and/or jury member). For any additional participants, an additional fee must be paid by the sending university or the participants to cover its accommodation and living costs. The cost of each additional guest for the 2019 edition will be EUR 400. The travel costs from and to the tournament have to be paid by the teams.


Ethics statement

With the ethos of this tournament, which is in part to make science as accessible to all at a young age and to members of the public, we believe it is great to have intermediary events, such as domestic tournaments, go on. It is encouraged these be as open as possible for these members of the society to see. Considering the openness and timing of these events before the final tournament and also with some works going onto impact-wielding scientific publications. We would like to remind teams, especially for team members and team leaders that they should maintain scientific integrity, as is expected amongst academic staff when attending conferences and seeing unpublished works etc. We stress the importance of bearing in mind positive scientific ethics when participating in the tournament as a spectator or as a participant. In case of potential plagiarism we remind that there are rules in place in this tournament to tackle with plagiarism/intellectual theft and we advise that issues be brought to us first should they arise.

Branding rules

You can find the rules on how to use our branding here.