Carriers of the world's most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, and Turing Award) will meet outstanding young scientists - made possible by the Klaus Tschira Foundation

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.

Klaus Tschira signed the agreement establishing the Heidelberg Laureate Forum at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. (Photo: Eirik Furu Baardsen)