# Abel Laureates meet young researchers in Heidelberg

The 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum brings together 200 gifted young researchers and winners of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics (Abel Prize and Fields Medal) and computer science (Nevanlinna Prize and Turing Award). The three Abel Laureates who are present here in Heidelberg are Sir Michael Atiyah, Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan and John Tate (picture).

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum was established in 2012. The agreement on collaborating in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum between the organizers and the institutions awarding the prizes was signed in Oslo on May 22nd on the occasion of the 10th Abel Prize Ceremony.

The Forum was initiated by the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), the research institute of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS) - a German foundation, which promotes Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science. Klaus Tschira, founder and managing partner of the foundation stated in 2012: „Meeting with the scientific leaders of Mathematics and Computer Science will be extremely inspiring and encouraging for the young scientists".

In his speech at the opening of the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum Klaus Tschira stressed that knowledge transfer between generations of scientists is still the most important element. And he added that this goes both ways.

- We are happy that the idea of providing a communication platform for excellent researchers in mathematics and computer science seems to work quite well. It seems that despite the increasing relevance of the various digital media, personal exchange and direct interaction are considered indispensable by most, said Klaus Tschira.

The conference program consists of plenary lectures, postdoc workshops and poster sessions. Young researchers are also offered the opportunity to visit various research institutes and companies in and around Heidelberg.

A new element is added to the program this year, The Hot Topic. The purpose is to push the awareness for an area that includes the impact of mathematics and computer science for society. One of the topics will be the role of computer science in developing countries.

The 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum takes place September 21 - 26, 2014 in one of the oldest university towns in Europe. Eckart Würzner, Lord Mayor of the City of Heidelberg, told the delegates at the opening ceremony that 2/3 of the jobs in Heidelberg are related to science. - We welcome young researchers to Heidelberg because we would like to create new jobs, knowledge based jobs, he said.

Heidelberg Laureate Forum was made possible because of the strong support of the scientific institutions that award the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science. Alexander Wolf, President of the Association for Computing Machinery, Ingrid Daubechies, President of the International Mathematical Union, and Nils Chr. Stenseth, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters all said that the Heidelberg Laureate Forum is here to stay.

### The Abel lectures 2018

Abel Laureate Robert Langlands gave his prize lecture titled "*On the geometric theory" *at the University of Oslo on the 23th of May. John Rognes, chair of the Abel committee, introduced Langlands to an almost full auditorium. Langlands' lecture was followed by two others talks, by Jim Arthur and Edward Frenkel. Watch the lectures live

### Robert P. Langlands received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald

In the University Aula in Oslo, surrounded by Munch's paintings and a diverse mathematical audience, Robert P. Langlands was today, May 22, awarded the Abel Prize for 2018 by H.M. King Harald. Langlands received the award of 6 million NOK “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.” The Langlands program is frequently described as a grand unified theory of mathematics.

(22.05.2018) More### Would you like to attend the 2018 Abel Prize award ceremony?

The Abel Prize award ceremony takes place at 22 may 2018, 14:00 in the University Aula in Oslo, Norway. His Majesty King Harald V will present the prize to this year’s laureate, Robert P. Langlands. The ceremony is open, but requires registration. For registration, click here.

(11.04.2018) More### AMS President congratulates Robert P. Langlands

"It is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Robert P. Langlands, winner of the 2018 Abel Prize. Robert Langlands is one of the most distinguished mathematicians alive today and a towering figure in the history of modern mathematics. His insights, which grew out of penetrating technical work early in his career, have transformed and enriched both number theory and representation theory. The deep relations between the two subjects that he predicted and probed have guided the work of countless mathematicians over the last 50 years."

- Kenneth A. Ribet, AMS President, University of California, Berkeley

### Robert P. Langlands receives the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2018 to Robert P. Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.”

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