Young Researchers

Encouraged by Excellence

The opportunity to join the annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum is provided exclusively to outstanding young scientists in mathematics and computer science (or closely related fields) at the Undergraduate/Pre-Master, Graduate PhD and Postdoc levels. In order to participate, they have to pass a multi-step application and selection process. The application phase is an annual world-wide open call that begins mid-November and runs until mid-February. Applications can be completed in the HLF online application tool.

200 young researchers from all academic stages, based at institutions and universities around the globe come together for a week of scientific networking. Within the unique atmosphere of the HLF, participants from diverse disciplines are able to discuss their research and how they approach problems.

Exchanging ideas and learning new perspectives about ongoing or future research projects is a vital element for scientific progression. With many research issues becoming increasingly complex, cultivating reliable networks has become essential for scientists from all backgrounds. Connecting with fellow scientists is therefore pivotal for the future career of a young researcher.

Extensive interaction with the laureates of mathematics and computer science is possible because their participation is not only limited to giving lectures, instead it continues throughout all aspects of the program. Ample time is provided to discuss with these scientific pioneers during breaks, meals and social events.

At the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, the brightest minds in mathematics and computer science interweave, find inspiration and push forward.

The 9th HLF takes place from September 18–23, 2022. 

Impressions of the 7th HLF

What makes the forum such a unique experience? What aspects stand out as valuable keepsakes from the week? Participants of the 7th HLF in 2019 break down what their time in Heidelberg meant and what they learned.