Forum 2013 - Final Program Overview

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Please note that this event is upon invitation only. Lectures of participating Laureates will be live-streamed on this page during HLF 2013.

Main meeting venue: Heidelberg University on University Square, 69117 Heidelberg.
To venues/locations not within walking distance from Heidelberg University Square, free transport will be provided.

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Videos

  • Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    The repeat offender – How to be invited to Heidelberg again

    The HLF is in its third year, and already there is one young researcher who managed to attend the forum twice. After successfully making the next step in his scientific career, Felix Günther took the chance to apply for the HLF a second time. In 2013 the mathematician attended the HLF as a PhD candidate from the Institute for mathematics, TU Berlin. Now, in 2015, he participates as a Post-Doc from the European Post-Doctoral Institute for Mathematical Sciences (EPDI). "I utterly... Read more (more)

  • Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    Deep, True, Clear and Beautiful – What Motivates the Laureates?

    What transforms a sophisticated scientific talk to an inspiring presentation suitable for an audience with diverse backgrounds and broad interests, like here at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum? In my opinion, and after having seen most of the lectures here, three factors contribute to capturing the audience: Managing to integrate the own research into the historic context. Pointing out concrete problems or applications related to the research presented. Explaining the own motivation and answering why precisely this topic was chosen for research.... Read more (more)

  • Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    Algorithms and Life

    We tend to think of algorithms and computation as human inventions, but organisms as primitive as bacteria have relied on algorithmic mechanisms throughout the history of life. The regulation of genes inside a single cell, feedback loops in the control of metabolism, the coordinated motions of bird flocks, and the foraging behavior of social insects: All these phenomena can be succinctly described in an algorithmic framework. Another notable example is pattern formation in animals—the tiger's stripes and the leopard's spots—for... Read more (more)

  • Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    Women in Computer Science 1/2: Beyond mere programming

    Before 1995, the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University, one of the top-ranked programs in the US, had low numbers when it came to admission and retention of female students: single-digit percentages for the admission, and of those few female students, many transferred out of the course. Starting in the early 2000s, the numbers changed dramatically: 40% of female students in the freshman year, and almost all of them then finished with a degree. What had happened? The answer... Read more (more)

  • Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    Heidelberg Laureate Forum

    John Hopcroft, Diversity, and One of the First Computer Science Courses

    I've long had a special interest in computer science education. I recently worked as a full time lecturer for two years, and I have been designing and delivering outreach initiatives for more than seven.  So when it came time to request interviews with this year's HLF Laureates, John Hopcroft, who created one of the world's first computer science courses, caught my attention. I began our conversation by introducing my interests in education, and right away Hopcroft pointed out that there is so much... Read more (more)