Journalist Travel Grants Available for 11th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Report on the meeting of the world’s most talented mathematicians and computer scientists

This September, recipients of the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal, IMU Abacus Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize are invited to gather in Heidelberg to meet with 200 young researchers from all over the world at the 11th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). In order to reach a broader, more diverse and international audience, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) encourages journalists to cover the event and affords them the chance to interact with the preeminent scientists of mathematics and computer science. The 11th HLF will take place from September 22 to 27, 2024, and applications for journalist travel grants are accepted until April 28, 2024.


The HLF is an annual networking conference where 200 carefully selected young researchers in mathematics and computer science have the unique chance to meet distinguished scientists in their fields for one week of interdisciplinary academic dialogue. The vibrant atmosphere of the event inspires a blend of acute scientific discussions and informal interactions among the participants, setting the HLF apart from traditional conferences. Panel discussions, lectures and workshops spur scientifically driven debate, which is then balanced by a variety of social events, permitting participants to pursue their discourse in an inviting environment.

In addition to classic plenary lectures and panel discussions, the HLF features more dynamic formats such as shorter Spark Sessions and one-slide Lightning Talks that provide glimpses into a great variety of topics. This year’s HLF will focus in particular on issues related to the mathematics of climate change, emergent artificial intelligence applications as well as science communication in mathematics and computer science. Additional topics include Open Science as well as the differences in scientific publishing between the two core disciplines represented at the HLF.

Attending journalists will have the exclusive opportunity to interview renowned laureates from mathematics and computer science, both in press panels and one-on-one. In addition, they will be able to engage directly with some of the most promising young researchers from those fields. Journalists are permitted to take part in virtually all of the Forum’s scientific program elements as well as social gatherings in the evenings. Opportunities will also be provided for journalists to network with their peers in a number of get-togethers reserved for the press corps.

The HLFF offers a limited number of travel grants for international journalists to report on this compelling event: Until April 28, 2024, journalists from all over the world, irrespective of their media affiliation (print, TV, online, radio), are invited to apply for a travel grant for the event via our online tool. These applications must include a short CV, three samples of work (indicating respective medium), an overview of publications (indicating respective medium) and planned coverage regarding the HLF.

Grants cover travel and visa costs as well as room and board during the stay in Heidelberg.

Journalists who do not receive a travel grant or who have missed the travel grant application deadline may nevertheless apply for accreditation to cover the Forum at their own expense.

Apply for a travel grant and/or accreditation here:

Application deadlines:

Travel Grant: April 28, 2024
Non-Travel Grant: March 1 – September 18, 2024

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