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25th Anniversary of the IWR

In 1987 the federal state of Baden Württemberg and Heidelberg University founded the IWR as one of the first nationwide research centers to focus on Scientific Computing. This young discipline grew swiftly, in parallel with the development of computer technology, to a new source of hope for the sciences. Today, Scientific Computing is seen as the third pillar of science, alongside theory and experiment.

The role of the IWR in this success story is extraordinary. As one of the world's leading centres for Scientific Computing it has significantly shaped its own discipline and has developed into an international hotspot in interdisciplinary science.

Opening Ceremony

Thursday, February 21, 2013

(Neue Aula, Neue Universität, Universitätsplatz)


           Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Bock, Managing Director IWR          

           Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, Rector Heidelberg University

           Dr. Renate Fischer, Ministry for Science, Research & the Arts

           Deans of the faculties:

              Mathematics and Computer Science
              Physics & Astronomy
              Chemistry & Earth Science

           DISCUSSION: „Looking back to the future“
           Volker Stollorz, Science Journalist & Journalist in Residence 2012, HITS           

           Prof. Dr. Willi Jäger
           Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wolfrum
           Prof. Dr. Gisbert zu Putlitz
           Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Bock       


           LECTURE: "Virtual reality - Symbiosis of science and art"
           Prof. Dr. Roland Bulirsch, Munich (invited speaker)


18:00  RECEPTION (Foyer Neue Universität)


Friday, February 22, 2013

(Grosser Hörsaal, Chemie, Im Neuenheimer Feld 252)

09:15  WELCOME
           Prof. Dr. Peter Bastian, IWR

09:30  LECTURE: "A brief historical perspective on financial mathematics
           and some recent developments"
           Prof. Dr. George Papanicolaou, Stanford University

10:15  LECTURE: "How computation has changed research
           in chemistry and biology"
           Prof. Dr. Peter Schuster, Universität Wien


11:30  LECTURE: "Schroedinger`s world: linear scaling quantum-chemical
           methods for gaining insights into large molecular systems"
           Prof. Dr. Christian Ochsenfeld, LMU München

12:15  LECTURE: "A little gas cloud falling into the central supermassive
           black hole of the milky way - the role of computational astrophysics
           in unraveling the mysteries of the universe"
           Prof. Dr. Andreas Burkert, LMU München

13:00  LUNCH (Foyer)

13:45  LECTURE: "'Real' optimization"
           Prof. Dr. Albert Gilg, Siemens AG

14:30  LECTURE: "Do we need numerical analysis in simulation technology?"
           Prof. Dr. Barbara Wohlmuth, TU München


15:45  LECTURE: "Big data: where is the information?"
           Prof. Dr. Joachim Buhmann, ETH Zürich

16:30  LECTURE: "Watching the earth from space - the role of modeling
           and image processing in observing our changing planet"
           Prof. Dr. Mark Wenig, LMU München

Last Update: 10.04.2018 - 10:38

Picture Gallery

View pictures of the 25th anniversary of the IWR here.

Muscial Interlude

More information on the musical interlude can be found here.


Several videos of the event are available here.