HLFF Film Festival on Mathematics and Computer Science a Great Success – Interactive exhibit IMAGINARY runs until August 10 in Karlstorbahnhof

Last week’s film festival organized by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) at Karlstorkino in Heidelberg was well received. The closing film of the festival was “Colors of Math”, attended by the film maker and mathematician Ekaterina Eremenko, who answered the questions of the large audience interested in computer science and mathematics. A visit by Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, a professor of mathematics and president of the European Research Council, was another highlight of the week-long film festival. Numerous schools took advantage of the Foundation’s free offer to attend film showings each morning. The festival showcased documentaries, animation and feature films, all of which featured introductions from and discussions with scientists from the two disciplines. The HLFF film festival presented a worthwhile alternative to the usual school curricula, and the HLFF, which is just one year old, was able to spark enthusiasm for the multi-faceted world of mathematics and computer science in over 300 school pupils. Demand from school classes was so high that the organizers offered additional screenings on two days. Rounding out the HLFF film festival for young and old was the opportunity to see the interactive exhibit “IMAGINARY – Through the Eyes of Mathematics”, which runs until August 10. The film festival and exhibit literally displayed the artistic side of mathematics and computer science: “Interesting fields are open for discovery. Direct interactive experiments spark curiosity and make mathematics more understandable. The exhibit shows that mathematics plays an important role in our lives,” one visitor wrote in the exhibit’s guest book.

IMAGINARY is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., and runs until August 10, at Karlstorbahnhof., Everyone is invited to come and experience the interactive experiment stations on the world of mathematics with a vivid and special aesthetic appeal. For more details on the IMAGINARY exhibit, please go to our website: www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/de/begleitprogramm/

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation is already planning to organize the film festival at Karlstorkino next year, once again implementing measures to raise awareness of one of the oldest and one of the newest scientific disciplines respectively, mathematics and computer sciences.

Background
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) every year. The HLF is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world and will take place for the second time at the end of September, 2014. The Foundation offers an outreach program with various activities geared at sparking the interest in more people to experience mathematics and computer science. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) was initiated by the Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation in cooperation with KTS and HITS as well as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 21 to 26, 2014.

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