Application deadline extended for travel grants; Journalists engage with brilliant mathematicians and computer scientists!

Journalists are encouraged to apply until May 31, 2017, for one of the 15 travel grants to cover the 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

This September, recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize are invited to gather in Heidelberg to meet with 200 young researchers from all over the world at the 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). In addition to providing 15 travel grants, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) extends an open invitation to all journalists around the world who are interested in reporting on the 5th HLF to register online. This invitation creates a unique opportunity for journalists to cover the Forum and to associate with the preeminent scientists of mathematics and computer science. 24 laureates have already confirmed their participation in the 5th HLF, which will take place from September 24–29, 2017. Applications for the coveted travel grants are accepted until May 31, 2017.

The HLF offers a carefully selected group of young researchers in mathematics and computer science the extraordinary chance to meet the most renowned scientists in their fields for one week of cross-generational scientific dialogue. What distinguishes the HLF from traditional conferences is the unique social atmosphere that inspires a blend of acute discussions and informal interactions among the participants. Lectures, workshops and panel discussions embolden scientifically driven debate, while various social events encourage the participants to pursue their discourse outside the lecture halls and to get to know each other. Embedded once again into the program is the Hot Topic session, which is especially interesting for the media. At the 4th HLF in 2016, the focus revolved around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a panel of experts addressed the costs and benefits created by developments brought on by AI. The theme for the session in 2017 at the 5th HLF will delve into quantum computing, more information will be available soon on the HLF homepage.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation offers 15 travel grants of up to 3,000 euros to enable journalists to report on this compelling networking event for the pinnacle in computer science and mathematics. Grants cover the travel costs as well as board and accommodation during the stay in Heidelberg (starting with a media-get-together on the evening of September 23).

Until May 31, 2017, journalists from all over the world are invited to apply, irrespective of their media affiliation (print, TV, online, radio). The applications must include the following: a short CV, three samples of work (indicating respective medium), a synopsis of publications to date (indicating respective medium), planned contributions regarding the HLF as well as a preliminary travel itinerary including estimated costs.

Please send your travel grant applications to:
Application deadline: May 31, 2017

All journalists who wish to cover the 5th HLF are requested to register using the following link: (regardless of whether or not they choose to apply for a travel grant)

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. The 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 24–29, 2017. The HLFF was established and is funded by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. The Scientific Partners of the HLFF are the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and Heidelberg University. The HLF is strongly supported by the award-granting institutions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA).

Registration and Press Inquiries
Wylder Green
Christiane Schirok
Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany
Telephone: +49-6221-533-384

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