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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Panel discussion during the first Heidelberg Laureate Forum (Copyright: HLFF)

During the last week of September, 200 young researchers from all over the world met with 40 laureates of the most prestigious awards in computer science and mathematics at the first Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) in Heidelberg, Germany.

The HLF was modeled after the famous Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings, held annually since 1951 as a way for young researchers to meet with Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine, and economics.

HLF chair Klaus Tschira said his great inspiration to initiate the Forum was that, "Unfortunately, there is not a Nobel Prize for mathematics and for computer science, but, young researchers in these fields would likewise benefit just as much from early contact with influential members of their fields."

Read the rest of my article on the website of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).


Web-links
Heidelberg Laureate Forum, including videos of the lectures: www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org
HLF-blog: www.scilogs.com/hlf/
Turing Award: http://amturing.acm.org
Fields Medal: www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/fields/details/
Abel Prize: www.abelprize.no
Rolf Nevanlinna Prize: www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/nevanlinna/details/