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). 

Nils Chr Stenseth hands over a book about Niels Henrik Abel to Klaus Tschira under the opening of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2014. Photo: Christian FlemmingNils Chr Stenseth hands over a book about Niels Henrik Abel to Klaus Tschira under the opening of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2014. Photo: Christian Flemming

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".

Three Abel Laureates who attended the 2014 Heidelberg Laureate Forum, from left Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan, Sir Michael Atiyah and John Tate. Foto: Anne-Marie AstasThree Abel Laureates who attended the 2014 Heidelberg Laureate Forum, from left Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan, Sir Michael Atiyah and John Tate. Foto: Anne-Marie Astad


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.

 

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