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Subject: Call for Participation - The New Heidelberg Forum for Computer Science and Mathematics
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:52:14 +0000
From: John White <[log in to unmask]>
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Dear CRA Colleague,

I am writing to introduce a new opportunity for young scientists in computing and mathematics, and seek your help in generating awareness of, and interest in, this new event.  The new event is the Heidelberg Laureates Forum which will provide an opportunity for young researchers to spend a week with winners of the Turing Award, Abel Prize, and Fields Medal.  Details regarding this forum can be found at http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/ Some background ….                  
               
The Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies approached ACM, the International Mathematics Union, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters with a proposal for a forum modeled after the Lindau Forum for Nobel Laureates and young researchers.  The new forum will focus on computer science and mathematics and bring together winners of the Turing Award, the Abel Prize, and the Fields Medal to meet with ~100+ young researchers for a week in Heidelberg, Germany.   After several discussions, and endorsement from almost all ACM Turing Award winners, ACM agreed to join with the above organizations as well as the Mathematisches Forschungszentrum Oberwolfach and the Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics to create the “Heidelberg Laureates Forum.” 

The Heidelberg Laureates Forum will be held for one week each September in Heidelberg, Germany.  The focus will alternate between computer science one year and mathematics the next.  The first Forum will be held September 22-27, 2013.  For this first forum, the focus will be both computer science and mathematics.

More specifically, the goal of the first Forum is to bring together ~100+ young researchers (i.e., recent PhDs, graduate students, and possibly undergraduates with good research experience) to spend a week learning from – and working with – Turing, Abel, and Fields laureates.  Attached is a copy of a one-page announcement that will appear in the January issue of CACM.  Also attached is a preliminary view of how the Heidelberg week will be organized.  To date several winners of the Turing Award, Abel Prize, and Fields Medal have indicated they will participate.

To be considered for the Heidelberg Forum, young researchers can either apply directly https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/intern/reg_registration_for.php or be nominated by a colleague (or professor or 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 https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/intern/reg_nom_registration_for.php but require ACM-specific credentials.  If you or a colleague would like to make a nomination, please contact me ([log in to unmask]), and I will provided the ACM-specific information needed.  Applications and nominations must be completed by February 15, 2013.

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 ….

ACM Heidelberg Forum Committee:
Co-Chairs:  Jenifer Chayes (MSR), Juris Hartmanis (Cornell)

Members:
Manindra Agrawal (IIT Kanpur)
Michael Kearns (U Penn)
Ed Lazowska (U Washington)
Kurt Mehlhorn (Max Planck Saarbrucken)
Greg Morrisett (Harvard)
Beth Mynatt (Georgia Tech)
P. J. Narayanan (IIIT Hyderabad)
Christos Papadimitriou (Berkeley)
Ron Perrott (Oxford)
Daniela Rus (MIT)
Eva Tardos (Cornell)
Jennifer Widom (Stanford)
Jeannette Wing (CMU)
Andy Yao (Tsinghua)

In the second stage, the top ~30% of applications/nominations will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the Heidelberg Forum (on which Jennifer and Juris represent ACM) to pick the ~100+ participants. 
               
ACM has engaged in helping create the Heidelberg Forum to raise the visibility of both the Turing Award (computing’s most prestigious award) 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,
John White

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John R. White
ACM Chief Executive Officer
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