Impressions of the 7th HLF
Participants of the 7th HLF in 2019 explain what makes the forum such a unique event and what they are able to take away from it.
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.
What I like most about the HLF is its inspiring atmosphere. This networking event stressed the importance of commutation among scientists.
I totally recommend everybody to apply for the HLF, everything was amazing! Amazing event, amazing city, amazing people, amazing schedule, amazing.
The opportunity to interact with the Laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of Computer Science and Mathematics provided me with a rich and stimulating experience that would help me maximize my learning and leadership capacity and challenge my creativity.
Years from now when I'll look back to events that positively impacted my life, HLF would be among the top ones: the inspiration from laureates and the network of young researchers is unparalleled. The week truly changed my vision.
I came to the HLF looking for guidance and inspirations for my studies, I left having made new friends all over the world and experiences that opened my mind to amazing possibilities. Will cherish this experience for the rest of my life. Thank you HLFF!
The balance between scientific sessions and informal meetings, as well as discussions on the most up-to-date subjects was just perfect! As a young researcher, this was an experience I'll not ever forget, and I believe the contacts I made will have a positive impact on my future career.
Here at the HLF I have learnt, grown and transformed so much in just one week: we have compared our ideas, challenged ourselves, analyzed problems of our time, discussed possible solutions as well as travelled, eaten, laughed and danced, everything all together, laureates and organizers included. HLF is neither a simple conference nor a regular meeting, HLF is a life experience.
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum has been one of the best professional experiences one could have. Meeting the Laureates was a tremendous honor, and speaking with them and with so many young researchers about technology and the future was truly inspiring. It has been an unforgettable week!
After being part of this amazing and wonderful event, HLF becomes simple name that one uses to describe perfectness!
The HLF was an intense week of meeting brilliant people and discussing new aspects of research and career, through well-organized, exciting events in a beautiful city. This experience will stay with me for a long time.