This September, recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize are invited to gather in Heidelberg to meet with 200 young researchers from all over the world at the 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). In addition to providing 15 travel grants, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) extends an open invitation to all journalists around the world who are interested in reporting on the 5th HLF to register online. This invitation creates a unique opportunity for journalists to cover the Forum and to associate with the preeminent scientists of mathematics and computer science. The 5th HLF will take place from September 24–29, 2017, and applications for the coveted travel grants are accepted until May 15, 2017.
The HLF offers a carefully selected group of young researchers in mathematics and computer science the extraordinary chance to meet the preeminent scientists in their fields for one week of cross-generational scientific dialogue. What distinguishes the HLF from traditional conferences is the unique social atmosphere that inspires a blend of acute discussions and informal interactions among the participants. Lectures, workshops and panel discussions embolden scientifically driven debate, while various social events encourage the participants to pursue their discourse outside the lecture halls and to get to know each other. Embedded once again into the program is the Hot Topic session, which is especially interesting for the media. At the 4th HLF in 2016, the focus revolved around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a panel of experts addressed the costs and benefits created by developments brought on by AI. The theme for the session in 2017 at the 5th HLF will delve into quantum computing, more information will be available soon on the HLF homepage: