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Nominations Open for the Fifth Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The following is a guest post by ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel.


Dear Colleague,

I’m writing to seek your help in generating awareness of and interest in the Fifth Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum was created by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies, ACM, the International Mathematical Union, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to provide an opportunity for young researchers to spend a week with winners of the ACM Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Abel Prize, Nevanlinna Prize, and Fields Medal.  To date four have been held and all have been viewed as a major success by the laureates and the 200 young researchers in computer science and mathematics who attended each forum.  Details can be found at   The inclusion of the ACM Prize in Computing is new this year and will further enrich the computing content of the Forum.

The Fifth Heidelberg Laureate Forum will be held September 24-29, 2017.   Click here for a copy of a one-page announcement and here for a fact sheet regarding the application process.  The application process for the 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum begins November 14, 2016.

To be considered for the Heidelberg Forum, young researchers can either apply directly  or be nominated by a colleague (or professor, mentor or manager) who can attest to the quality of their work.  Nominations will likely carry a bit more weight within the selection process and can be made at  but require ACM-specific credentials.  If you or a colleague would like to make a nomination, the ACM “Organization Number” is ACM83745.  Applications and nominations must be completed by February 14, 2017.

The selection of young researchers will be a two-step process.  In the first step the pool of applications and nominations in computer science will be screened and ranked by the ACM Heidelberg Forum Committee.  In the second stage, the top ~30% of applications/nominations will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the Heidelberg Forum to pick the ~200 participants.

ACM has engaged in helping create the Heidelberg Forum to raise the visibility of both the Turing Award (computing’s most prestigious award now with an annual prize of $1Million), the ACM Prize in Computing, and the computing discipline worldwide.  I hope you will share this information on the Heidelberg Forum with colleges and students … and I hope your department (or school or laboratory or center) will be the source of several applications or nominations.

Best regards,

Bobby Schnabel