The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is the result of a joint initiative of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies and the Klaus Tschira Stiftung. The KTS and the HITS were brought to fruition by physicist and co-founder of SAP, Klaus Tschira (1940 – 2015). The latter has been a supporter of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for many years, and the experience of this event spawned the idea of creating something similar for the two crucial scientific disciplines Mathematics and Computer Science.
The idea was initially discussed in late 2011 with representatives of the “Mathematisches Forschungszentrum Oberwolfach”, the “Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics” as well as individual laureates. Since the response was uniformly positive, a formal proposal was submitted to the organizations granting the Abel Prize (Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters), the Fields Medal (International Mathematical Union), and the ACM Turing Award (Association for Computing Machinery). A preparatory meeting was held in Heidelberg on February 7, 2012, which resulted in a recommendation to the award-granting institutions to endorse an annual meeting for laureates of the three prizes with young scientists to be held in Heidelberg, organized by the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.
On May 22, 2012, a formal agreement between the organizers and the award-granting institutions was signed in Oslo on the occasion of the 10th Abel Prize Ceremony.
In May 2013, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation was formally established as the supporting organization for the annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
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Nils Chr. Stenseth (President of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters), Fabrizio Gagliardi (Chairman of ACM Europe), Ingrid Daubechies (President of the International Mathematical Union), Helge Holden (Chairman of the Abel Board), Øivind Andersen (Secretary General of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters), Detlev Rünger (German Ambassador in Norway)
Andreas Reuter (Managing Director of HITS), Klaus Tschira (Founder and Managing Director of KTS and HITS)