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Masters of Abstraction - Gala Dinner and Scientific Forum (17-18 January 2019)

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, in cooperation with the Innovative Business Foundation, launched a two-day event the “Masters of Abstraction” in Hong Kong on 17 and 18 January 2019. PICO was the honorary supporting organisation of the event.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation is a renowned institution responsible for organising the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, which is an annual scientific dialogue between winners of the most prestigious awards in mathematics (i.e. Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize and Abel Prize) and computer science (i.e. ACM A.M. Turing Award and ACM Prize in Computing) and young researchers around the world. The “Masters of Abstraction” event, comprising a Gala Dinner and a scientific forum, was the first time for the Foundation to hold similar scientific events outside of Europe. The event had brought five distinguished international Laureates in the fields of mathematics and computer science to Hong Kong.

Gala Dinner on 17 January 2019

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The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the event as the Guest of Honor.

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The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam and Acting Head of PICO, Mr Laurie LO have attended "Masters of Abstraction" Gala Dinner on January 17, 2019. Photo shows Mrs Lam (front row, sixth left); Mr. Lo (front row, first right); the Managing Director of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, Mrs Ruth Wetzlar (back row, sixth left); the Chairman of the Innovative Business Foundation, Mr Michael Ong (front row, second right); the photographer of "Masters of Abstraction", Mr Peter Badge (back row, first left); Laureate of the ACM Prize in Computing, Professor Alexei A. Efros (Front row, third right); Laureate of the Fields Medal, Professor Efim Isaakovich Zelmanov (Front row, sixth right); Laureate of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, Professor John Edward Hopcroft (Front row, fifth right); Laureate of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, Dr. Joseph Sifakis (Front row, seventh right); Laureate of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, Professor Martin Edward Hellman (Front row, fourth right); and other guests at the event.

Scientific Forum on 18 January 2019

The Scientific Forum was held in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Five world-renowned Laureates had shared their wisdom with young Hong Kong scientists and students .

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Ends/Thursday, 18 January, 2019