The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology has concluded cooperation agreements with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Traditionally, Nobel Prize winners and winners of the most important awards in mathematics and computer science (Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize) hold lectures for young scientists at these renowned events.
The recordings of these lectures will be published in the AV-portal of the TIB, the online portal for scientific videos. "The recordings of the inspiring lectures are thus not only permanently available in the TIB's AV-portal, but thanks to various automatic video analyses for speech, image and text recognition, the lectures can now also be searched precisely," explains Margret Plank, head of the Lab Non-Textual Materials at the TIB and responsible for the AV-portal.
Inspiring and motivating presentations
Since 1951, 30-40 Nobel Prize winners have met once a year in Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: around 600 students, doctoral candidates and post-docs from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings promote the exchange between scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. More than 300 videos - mainly lectures, but also discussions and panel discussions - of the conferences will be integrated into the AV-portal in the coming months. The earliest lectures date back to the year 1952. Historical highlights include lectures by Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr, but also by Nobel Peace Prize winners such as Albert Schweitzer and Willy Brandt. "The integration of our videos and audio recordings into the TIB-portal will ensure even greater dissemination among the group of people interested in science who will be able to conduct targeted research on topics relevant to them," says Bettina Gräfin Bernadotte, President of the Board of Trustees for the Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau.
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum follows a similar concept to the Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, but here everything revolves around mathematics and computer science. Since 2013, 200 highly talented young scientists from all over the world have come to Heidelberg every year to exchange ideas with the best in their field. It is not unusual for intergenerational dialogue to pave the way for outstanding achievements in mathematics and computer science. Around 160 videos are now available on the AV-portal, including lectures on topics such as Artificial Intelligence and Big Data as well as interviews with young researchers and numerous prize winners. Top-class scientists such as Vinton Gray Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, or the German mathematician and holder of the Fields Medal Gerd Faltings provide insights into their work and their lives. "In our technologised environment, mathematics and computer science are more important than ever and we hope that the research achievements of these subjects will become even more visible," says Ruth Wetzlar, Managing Director of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation. "We are therefore very pleased that our film material is now being distributed even more widely and is permanently available to interested parties.