Accompanying Program for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in mid September

Come see for yourself, listen and speak your mind: Themed Week in the Fields of Mathematics and Computer Science in Heidelberg

On the occasion of the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), anyone interested in mathematics and computer sciences will be happy to learn that a wide-ranging program is being organized in Heidelberg that focuses on these two disciplines. “Come see for yourself, listen and speak your mind” is the credo of the themed week in the fields of mathematics and computer sciences to which the organizers of the HLF would like to extend a warm welcome.

The 1st HLF, taking place from September 22 to 27, will exclusively offer the top talented computer scientists and mathematicians a platform to meet, exchange ideas and draw inspiration. According to the organization behind the event, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF), both disciplines build the basis and future of the modern technological environment and society. To promote these disciplines, the HLFF has invited the top award-winning scientists in these fields (winners of the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal, the Nevanlinna Prize and the Turing Award) to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

More than a third of all the living award winners have confirmed their attendance. Together with 200 hopeful international young researchers they will come to Heidelberg at the end of September to exchange ideas and concepts. The HLF will be the first annual event of its kind.

1.     Film Festival at Karlstorkino

On the Lookout for Algorithms (September 16 – 21)

The film festival at the Karlstorkino presented by the HLFF on the occasion of the first Heidelberg KarlstorkinoLaureate Forum will showcase the many facets of the world of mathematics and computer sciences. In addition to numerous feature films, documentaries and short films, such as “A Beautiful Mind” or “21”, in-depth discussions and Q&A sessions with experts are also planned for either before or after the films.

One highlight will be an appearance by the photographer Peter Badge on September 21. Badge has met with every living award winner of the most prestigious distinctions in the fields of computer sciences and mathematics, photographing them in private settings. After the presentation of “A Beautiful Mind”, he will talk about his encounter with the protagonist of the film, mathematician John Nash.

2.     Photo Gallery at Karlsplatz

Portraits of Award-Winning Researchers (September 14 – 26 at Karlsplatz Heidelberg)

Portraits of computer scientists and mathematicians who have conducted groundbreaking work in their fields will be on display at Karlsplatz in Heidelberg from September 14 through to September 26. On the occasion of the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Peter Badge, a photographer Karlsplatz Galleryfrom Berlin, has completed portraits of mathematicians and computer scientists who have received the highest distinctions in their respective fields, namely the Turing Award, the Fields Medal, the Abel Prize or the Nevanlinna Prize.

The researchers had their pictures taken in private settings, a change from their usual surroundings at their workplaces. Coupled with the particular aesthetics made possible by black and white photography, Peter Badge’s photos give an authentic face to the computer scientists and mathematicians who are otherwise not often shown in the spotlight.

Several of the researchers you can see at Karlsplatz will also be on hand at the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum and will speak about the scientific research that led them to the top of their respective fields.

3.     Concert at the Convention Center in Heidelberg

Mozartiana con spirito scientifico –  September 22, at the Convention Center

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation will present a free benefit concert to all music lovers in the region, featuring pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Max Reger.

On September 22 at 8 p.m., the SAP symphony orchestra conducted by Johanna Weitkamp will offer musical interludes into the world of mathematics and computer sciences: The benefit concert will kick off the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The proceeds from the benefit concert will be donated to the organization Children for Tomorrow.