We are Pleased by the Growing Numbers

The selections have been made. We have already seen an increase in the number of applications for the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) to be held at the end of September, which will bring together leading researchers in mathematics and computer science with young scientists. From over 700 applications submitted, the HLF experts have now selected 200 young researchers from 60 countries. These researchers have been invited to attend the Forum in September and can look forward to a few new faces as well. In addition to the leading researchers in mathematics and computer science who came to the 1st HLF last year, this year will feature award winners who were unable to come to the premiere event. Thus far, a total of 25 laureates, winners of the highest distinctions in mathematics and computer science, have confirmed their attendance and will offer their support and impart their knowledge to the young researchers during the six-day HLF.

“This year, it looks like we will be able to welcome just as many mathematicians as computer scientists, which means we are growing at different levels,” announced the organizer of the event, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF). The HLFF is the most recent initiative of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and has been working as an ambassador and communicator for the disciplines of mathematics and computer science since last year. Its core competence is organizing and holding the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

The comments and stories provided by the young researchers who attended the Forum show that the HLF is much more than just a week-long event. “These young researchers often talk about the conditions in their home countries that present obstacles for their own research. That is why we hope to provide insights and experiences during the HLF which the researchers can use as an important impetus for their careers. For example, after the 1st HLF we heard from two young mathematicians who have since received professorships in their home countries, Niger and Germany, respectively. We hope that the second generation of HLF young researchers will continue to benefit from meeting the laureates long after the Forum and that they come to know, value and experience both an inter- and intradisciplinary dialog,” commented the HLFF on the reasons behind its success.

At present, 25 award winning researchers have confirmed their attendance. An up-to-date list of their names can be found on the website of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum: http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Participating-Laureates_27.05.2014.pdf

Journalists who would like to report on the research, technology and scientific researchers in one of the oldest as well as one of the youngest academic disciplines can apply for accreditation for the Forum and submit requests for interviews with the laureates: https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

Background

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) was started 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.

Press inquiries/press contact:

Sabine Kluge
Communications
Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
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sabine.kluge[at]heidelberg-laureate-forum.org
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