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Travel grants available: Meet the world’s most proficient mathematicians and computer scientists


Foundation awards 15 travel grants to journalists to cover the 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), September 18-23, 2016.

This September, recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Fields Medal, the Nevanlinna Prize and the Abel Prize gather in Heidelberg to meet with 200 young researchers from all over the world at the 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). Recognizing the importance of a vital communication network, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation will provide 15 travel grants for journalists to cover the Forum and connect with the preeminent scientists of mathematics and computer science.

The 4th HLF will take place from September 18-23, 2016, and applications for the coveted travel grants are accepted until May 15, 2016.

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 standard scientific conferences is the unique informal atmosphere that inspires a blend of acute scientific discussions and social 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 3rd HLF in 2015, the focus was on the social and ethical challenges of Big Data, viewed through the lens of computer science. The “hot topic’s” theme for the 4th HLF in 2016 will be announced soon.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation offers 15 travel grants of up to 3,000 euros to enable journalists to report on this compelling networking event for the pinnacle in computer science and mathematics. Grants cover the travel costs as well as board and accommodation during the stay in Heidelberg (starting with a media get-together on the evening of September 17).

Until May 15, 2016, journalists from all over the world are invited to apply, irrespective of their media affiliation (print, TV, online, radio). The applications must include the following: a short CV, three samples of work (indicating respective medium), a synopsis of publications to date (indicating respective medium), planned contributions regarding the HLF as well as a preliminary travel itinerary including estimated costs.

Please send your travel grant applications to:
Application deadline: May 15, 2016

All journalists who wish to cover the 4th HLF are requested to register using the following link: (regardless of whether or not they will apply for a travel grant)

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. The 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 18-23, 2016. The HLF was initiated by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the HLFF along with the KTS and HITS. It is strongly supported by the award-granting institutions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM: ACM A.M. Turing Award), the International Mathematical Union (IMU: Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA: Abel Prize).

Registration and Press Inquiries
Wylder Green
Christiane Schirok
Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany
Telephone: +49-6221-533-381

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