Heidelberg Laureate Meetings

The call for nominations is currently closed

The call for applications to attend the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is now closed.

From the Heidelberg Laureates Forum: Since the outbreak and rapid spread of COVID-19, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation has been closely monitoring the pandemic and its impact. Following a painstaking examination by the board of directors and in agreement with the award granting institutions, it was resolved to postpone the annual meeting until 2021. The 8th HLF is now scheduled for September 19–24, 2021.


The 8th HLF will take place from September 19 to September 24, 2021. The application period for the 8th HLF runs from November 6, 2017 until February 9, 2020. Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergrad, PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to complete and submit their applications by February 9, 2020.

Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Forum, an annual networking event that offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

Successful Australian applicants in mathematics will subsequently be invited to apply for support from the AMSI/AustMS Heidelberg Laureate Forum Travel Fund via the AMSI website. Successful Australian applicants in computer sciences will subsequently be invited to apply for support from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund–Australian Academy of Science (SIEF-AAS) Heidelberg Laureate Forum Fellowship via the Academy’s website.

Important notice

Only Australian delegates in the field of computer sciences that have been selected by the HLF will be invited to apply for the SIEF-AAS Heidelberg Laureate Forum Fellowship. Delegates will be advised of their acceptance by HLF no later than the end of April 2020. The delegates who apply to the Australian Academy of Science for the SIEF-AAS HLF Fellowship will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and motivation to attend the HLF by an Academy-appointed expert panel. The Academy has funding to send one delegate from Australia to the 8th HLF. The delegate will be bound to the terms and conditions set at the time of the award.


To be awarded the Fellowship the applicant must be an Australian-based early career researcher, specifically: 

  1. Is currently enrolled in a research higher degree (Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Postdoctoral Fellowship) at an Australian University; or
  2. Has (1) undertaken a research higher degree (Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Postdoctoral Fellowship) and the applicant’s most recent higher degree has been conferred for less than three years and are (2) working in an Australian university, Australian publicly-funded research organisation or research-focused institution.

The applicant must also be in the area of computer sciences and have been successfully selected to attend the HLF.

Terms of award

The successful delegate will receive a grant of $3000 travel funding under the SIEF-AAS HLF Fellowships. The delegate will also be given complimentary registration for the Academy’s annual Science at the Shine Dome event. The delegate must make their own travel arrangements for this event.

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report and provide evidence demonstrating that the funds have been appropriately expended within one month of the completion of the meeting.

More information

For more information, please contact
Email: nc@science.org.au
Phone: (02) 6201 9413

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