Press Release

Press Release

May 22, 2012

Heidelberg Laureate Forum - Abel, Fields and Turing Laureates Meet the Next Generation

Winners of the prestigious Abel Prize, Fields Medal and Turing Award will meet ambitious young scientists – Established by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung

The Klaus Tschira Stiftung will establish the „Heidelberg Laureate Forum“ as an annual meeting bringing together winners of the most prestigious scientific awards in Mathematics (Abel Prize and Fields Medal) and Computer Science (Turing Award) with a select group of highly talented young researchers. The Forum has been 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. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is modeled after the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, established more than 60 years ago to bring forward new ideas. Klaus Tschira, founder and managing partner of the foundation states: „Meeting with the scientific leaders of Mathematics and Computer Science will be extremely inspiring and encouraging for the young scientists”.

The agreement on collaborating in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum between the organizers and the award-granting institutions (Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, International Mathematical Union, and Association for Computing Machinery) has been signed in Oslo on May 22nd on the occasion of the 10th Abel Prize Ceremony.

Research in all fields requires both mathematical methods and computational tools, and the results enter all aspects of our daily lives. Mathematics and Computer Science are indispensable foundations of our technological world. The Turing Award has long been recognized as the highest scientific award worldwide in the field of Computer Science, and the same holds for the Fields Medal and the Abel Prize in Mathematics. And yet: While young researchers in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Economics have a chance to closely interact with the Nobel laureates of their fields in Lindau each year, no such opportunity exists for Mathematics and Computer Science – until now.

Starting in September 2013 the Heidelberg Laureate Forum will bring together winners of the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal and the Turing Award with young scientists from all over the world. The Meeting will be held in Heidelberg, where the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) are located. It will be organized in collaboration with the Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM; Turing Award), the International Mathematical Union (IMU; Fields Medal) and the Norwegian Academy for Science and Letters (DNVA; Abel Prize). The first meeting of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place during September 23-27, 2013.

The Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS) is a German foundation which promotes the Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science. HITS (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies) is the research institute of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung. Further information: www.klaus-tschira-stiftung.de; www.h-its.org

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has annually since 2003 awarded the Abel Prize for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. The prize amount is 6 million NOK (800,000 Euro). The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, founded in 1857, is a non-governmental, nation-wide, and interdisciplinary body which embraces all fields of learning. The Academy has 895 members, both Norwegian and foreign. Further information: http://english.dnva.no

More than 70 countries are members of IMU, the International Mathematical Union. IMU promotes worldwide cooperation in mathematics, organizes the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), encourages and supports mathematical activities the world over contributing to the development of mathematical science in any of its aspects, pure, applied, or educational. Further information: www.mathunion.org

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. Further information: www.acm.org

Download the press release and pictures of the Oslo agreement signing:
www.klaus-tschira-stiftung.de/presse/download/2012/signing_event_HLF.jpg

Press contacts:
Klaus Tschira Stiftung
Renate Ries Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33 D-69118 Heidelberg, Germany renate.ries@klaus-tschira-stiftung.de 0049-6221 533 102

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Anne-Marie Astad
Drammensveien 78
N-0271 Oslo, Norway anne.marie.astad@dnva.no
0047 415 67 406 (mobile) 0047 22 12 10 92 (office)

International Mathematical Union (IMU) Martin Grötschel,
Markgrafenstr. 32
D-10117 Berlin, Germany secretary@mathunion.org
0049 30 20372 430

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Virginia Gold
2 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10121, USA
vgold@acm.org
001-212-626-0505