The 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum opened

From August 23 to 28, the third Heidelberg Laureate Forum gathers 26 recipients of the Turing Award, the Fields Medal, the Abel Prize and the Nevanlinna Prize. Five Abel Laureates take part this year. They will meet with young researchers from over 50 nations. Kirsti Strřm Bull, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, pointed out in her speech at opening ceremony that intellectual exchange between the laureates of mathematics and computer science and the young researchers is in the spirit of the Abel Prize that also supports activities for children and young people.

Photo: HLFF/Christian FlemmingThe 26 prize winners at the 2015 Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Photo: HLFF/Christian Flemming

The Abel Prize Laureates who are in Heidelberg this year are: Sir Michael Atiyah, John Tate, Endre Szemerédi, Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan and Louis Nirenberg. Szemerédi and Varadhan are also giving talks here at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. John Nash Jr., who so tragically died in a car accident together with his wife Alicia when they were on their way back home from the Abel Prize events in Oslo, also wanted to come to Heidelberg. Beate Spiegel, Chairperson of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum and Managing Director of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, confirmed this in her speech at the opening ceremony. She also paid tribute to Klaus Tschira, the founder of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, who died earlier this year. Since the last Forum also Alexander Grothendieck, who won the Fields Medal, has passed away.


Intellectual exchange
200 meticulously selected young researchers from over 50 nations gather in Heidelberg to meet recipients of the Turing Award, the Fields Medal, the Nevanlinna Prize and the Abel Prize. The week-long Forum is an intensive, intellectual exchange between the laureates of mathematics and computer science and the young researchers, which includes a series of lectures, selected workshops, and an array of social activities.
The founding principle of the HLF is to create a platform where the brightest contemporary minds in mathematics and computer science have an opportunity to profoundly interact with the preeminent scientists of their fields.
What separates the HLF from other scientific conferences is the unique, informal atmosphere that incites both research specific and informal dialogue among the participants. Open discourse is guided throughout the Forum by lectures, workshops and panel discussions, while various social events encourage the participants to deepen their discussions outside the lecture halls and to get to know each other. It is this combination that creates the environment exclusive to the HLF. The orations from the laureates, and the workshops conducted by young researchers are the active ingredients in the scientific component of the conference. The social events set the stage for the participants to unwind and allow freshly formed bonds to strengthen.

Hot Topic: Big Data
The 3rd HLF will also include a Hot Topic session, "Brave New Data World", comprised of an expert panel, workshops and culminating with an open debate. The central theme is Big Data, with the focus on the social and ethical challenges produced by computational science, addressing their inherent, complex questions. At the core of all progressive discussions is the presence of well-informed, divergent perspectives. The "Brave New Data World" has all the elements to develop into a dynamic exchange. The session is broken down into three segments: brief presentations given by leading minds on big data, workshops co-moderated by both versed authorities and selected young researchers, concluded with an unbarred debate driven by the experts.

Background
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 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from August 23 to 28, 2015. The HLF was initiated by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the HLFF along with the KTS and HITS. It is strongly supported by the award-granting institutions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM: ACM A.M. Turing Award), the International Mathematical Union (IMU: Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA: Abel Prize).

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