Heidelberg Laureate Forum

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Mathematics and computer science have evolved into a matter of utmost importance in our modern society. We are confronted with the product of mathematical and computational research in all situations and aspects of our daily lives. To ensure that this technical revolution continues to thrive, science in all of its facets has to be persistently promoted and encouraged. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum rises to this challenge by bringing together the most exceptional mathematicians and computer scientists of their generations. Each year, in the last complete week of September, the recipients of the most prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science, the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize, meet 200 selected young researchers from all over the world. Participants spend a week interacting and networking in a relaxed atmosphere designed to encourage scientific exchange.

Traverse Separation

Challenges offer opportunities to adapt and 2020 has provided several significant tests. The Virtual HLF is a direct response to some of this year’s trials. Branded with the motto "Virtual HLF – Traversing Separation," the Forum took place from September 21 until September 25, 2020. A multifaceted scientific program was supplemented by various interactive elements designed to facilitate exchange between the participants.

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Hot Topic at the Virtual HLF

This year’s Hot Topic session revolved on "Digital Health," a theme that is both timely and has decisive ramifications, not only for science but also for society as a whole. A panel of experts from various specializations discussed its significance, plus the inherent advantages and vulnerabilities.

Farewell to Vaughan Jones

We bid farewell to Vaughan Jones who received the Fields Medal in 1990 for discovering an astonishing relationship between von Neumann algebras and geometric topology and finding a new polynomial invariant for knots and links in 3-space.

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farewell to Frances Elisabeth Allen

We bid farewell to Frances Elisabeth Allen, a pioneer in computer science who made fundamental "contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution."

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