This article is published in the January 2013 issue.

Extraordinary Opportunity to Meet Pre-Eminent Scientists in Computing and Mathematics

The Heidelberg Laureates Forum will bring students together with the very pioneering researchers who may have sparked their passion for science and math.  Modeled after the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, the Heidelberg Laureates Forum will provide an opportunity for young researchers to spend a week with recipients of the top awards in computing and mathematics.

ACM helped create the Heidelberg Laureates Forum to raise the visibility of the Turing Award — computing’s most prestigious award — and the computing discipline worldwide.

The Heidelberg Laureates Forum unites recipients of ACM’s Turing Award, the Abel Prize (from the Norwegian Academy for Science and Letters), and the Fields Medal (from the International Mathematical Union), with approximately 100 young researchers for a week each September in Heidelberg, Germany.

The event will focus on scientific inspiration and exchange through a series of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and social events involving both the laureates and the young scientists.

The Forum will alternate each year between computer science and mathematics.  The first Forum, September 22 – 27, 2013, will include both computer science and mathematics.

The Heidelberg Laureates Forum invites new and recent PhDs, PhD candidates, and other graduate students involved in research, and undergraduate students with solid experience in, and a commitment to, computing or mathematics research to apply.
Young researchers can apply directly or be nominated by a colleague, professor, mentor or manager who can attest to the quality of their work.  To apply or nominate, go to

Applications and nominations must be completed by February 15, 2013.  Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2013 and will receive full support to attend the Forum.

The Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies have joined with, the Association for Computing Machinery, the International Mathematics Union, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Mathematisches Forschungszentrum Oberwolfach, and the Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics to create the Heidelberg Laureates Forum.

Extraordinary Opportunity to Meet Pre-Eminent Scientists in Computing and Mathematics