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HLF Review 2016

Sunday, September 18

Sunday, September 18 Opening Ceremony The joining of two new Scientific Partners sparked an undertone of fellowship for the Opening Ceremony. Günter Ziegler of the Freie Universität in Berlin took the stage as the Master of Ceremony for the second year running and announced the laureates’ entrance. Beate Spiegel, Chairperson of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) and Managing Director of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), welcomed all of the participants and expressed her gratitude to everyone that made the HLF possible. She was followed by the Scientific Chairperson of the HLFF, Andreas Reuter, who highlighted the underlying purpose of the HLF and what lay in the week ahead. After a brief musical interlude from the saxophone quartet Balanced Action Bernhard Eitel, President of Heidelberg University, encouraged the young researchers to fully utilize their week at the Forum. Theresia Bauer, MA, Minister of Science, Research and the Arts in the state of Baden-Württemberg, stressed the importance of staying at the head of the field in Artificial Intelligence research. Eckart Würzner, Lord Mayor of the City of Heidelberg, spoke about both the scientific and scenic prowess of Heidelberg. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council, quoted the late founder of HLFF and KTS, Klaus Tschira, and told the audience how much he learned from such a great man. Günter Ziegler kept the show rolling by introducing the representatives of the prize-awarding organizations who each took their turn at the podium. Vicki Hanson, President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), stressed the importance of the next generation of researchers for science and emphasized the 50th anniversary of the ACM A.M. Turing Award. Shigefumi Mori, President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and 1990 Fields Medalist, expressed his gratitude to each of the representatives and participants, as well as speaking to the importance of events like the HLF. Ole Sejersted, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA), shared his appreciation and spoke of how the DNVA and the HLFF are like-minded in their goals. The Opening Ceremony of the 4th HLF drew to a close as Balanced Action took to the stage, then the guests were encouraged to “follow the music” across the square to the reception. The promising start to the week pursued the participants as they filed out and the music filled the New University, pouring out into the streets. 62

Sunday, September 18 Laureates marching in Balanced Action Saxophone Quartet Prof. Günter M. Ziegler Master of Ceremony Beate Spiegel Chairperson HLFF Prof. Dr. Andreas Reuter Scientific Chairperson HLFF Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel President of Heidelberg University Theresia Bauer, M.A. Minister of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner Lord Mayor of the City of Heidelberg Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon President of the European Research Council Prof. Dr. Vicki Hanson President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Prof. Dr. Shigefumi Mori President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Prof. Dr. Ole Sejersted President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA) 63