Lancaster researchers selected to attend prestigious international Laureate Forum

Robyn Goldsmith and Dr Joshua Newn
Robyn Goldsmith and Dr Joshua Newn

Two young researchers have been selected to attend a prestigious international gathering of some of the leading minds in mathematics and computer science.

Robyn Goldsmith, a PhD student at the STOR-i (Statistics and Operational Research) Centre for Doctoral Training, and Dr Joshua Newn, a postdoctoral researcher in human-computer interaction at Lancaster’s School of Computing and Communications, have been selected to attend this year’s Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

Held annually during September in the German City of Heidelberg, the Forum sees the recipients of the most prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science – the Abel Prize, ACM A.M Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal, IMU Abacus Medal and Nevanlinna Prize, meet selected young researchers from across the world. There are only 100 places for mathematicians, and a further 100 places for computer scientists at the Forum.

The week-long event sees participants interacting and networking in a relaxed atmosphere designed to encourage scientific exchange, and provides an opportunity to connect with scientific pioneers and learn how the laureates made it to the top of their fields.

Laureates give lectures on subjects of their choosing and these become starting points for discussions between the laureates and exceptional young researchers, with the event intending to motivate and inspire the next generation of scientists.

Robyn Goldsmith, whose research area is in forecasting and inventory optimisation, said: “I am very grateful to have been selected for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum! The cross-generational and interdisciplinary aspects of the event are really unique and exciting. I am looking forward to connecting with other young researchers in mathematics and computer science as well as pioneers of the scientific community. I am thankful for the support of STOR-i, which makes my attendance at this event possible, and Jon Tawn (Director of STOR-i) for encouraging my application.”

Dr Joshua Newn said: “I was encouraged to apply by fellow researchers who have attended the event in the past. I am honoured and humbled to be selected and looking forward to it.”

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