In 2013, the co-founder of SAP, Klaus Tschira, established the nonprofit Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) with the goal of fostering mathematics and computer science.
The HLFF organizes the annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), a networking conference where 200 outstanding young researchers in mathematics and computer science interact with the recipients of the most renowned prizes in the fields. Another primary focus of the Foundation is turning the public’s attention toward mathematics and computer science, not only to awaken but to strengthen their interest through events and exhibitions held in their Mathematics Informatics Station (MAINS).
The HLFF is funded by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which supports the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, while striving to increase their appreciation. Education, research and science communication are the foundation’s three primary areas of focus.
2023 is a very special year: The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) turns 10 years old and September will feature the 10th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). To celebrate the occasion, every month we will be debuting at least one Special – whether for the MAINS or the HLF, digital or live, regional or international: There is something for everyone! A very special thanks to the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, without whom none of this would be possible.
To commemorate 10 years of the HLFF, we will be rolling out a number of Specials throughout our anniversary year! First off is a brand new update to a long-running series of ours, the HLF Laureate Portraits. Check out our newest HLF Laureate Portrait on Fields Medal recipient Alessio Figalli, where we sit down with him to discuss his career, his passions and his achievements.
Starting February 12, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation’s (HLFF) anniversary year will feature its first new exhibition in the MAINS: "The Fascinating World of Mirrors". Visitors ages 8 and up can experience and experiment with a variety of interactive exhibits by the Wolfsburger Science-Center phaeno, all revolving around the exciting world or mirrors.