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Movie screening: The Imitation Game

7 June 2018
Science Campus
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Lecture room 1


The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) and the LGBT+ network of Leiden University organise an exclusive screening of the award-winning movie The Imitation Game on June 7th, the day Alan Turing died in 1954. The program starts at 15:00 in lecture room 1 of the Science Campus (Gorlaeus Building, Einsteinweg 55, Leiden). All students and staff members are invited, especially those with an interest in computer science, mathematics, diversity and/or inclusion.

Behind every code is an enigma

The Imitation Game is a 2014 British-American historical thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing (1912 - 1954). The pioneering computer scientist was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code that helped the Allies win the Second World War and is credited with reducing the length of the war by two years.
The movie also addresses Turing’s sexual orientation. The quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and is prosecuted for homosexual acts. In 2013 Turing is granted a posthumous pardon and since 2017 the British ‘Alan Turing law’ retroactively pardons people cautioned or convicted under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts.

Founding father

Being a key founder of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing provided a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation. The development of the first chess computer program was a result of Turing’s desire to test the true mettle of the artificial brain. Since 1966 the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) annually awards individuals for contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field with the A.M. Turing Award, the "Nobel Prize of computing".

Introduction and Q&A

The event is hosted by Pauline Vincenten, chair of the LGBT+ network. Aske Plaat, professor of Data Science and Scientific Director at LIACS, will introduce the movie and provide answers in a short Q&A about the movie afterwards. Prof. Plaat’s research areas were founded by Turing and he is a great supporter of diversity and inclusion, because these values enable science ánd creativity to prosper. The programme ends with drinks and snacks at the FooBar in the Snellius Building (Niels Bohrweg 1, Leiden).


Admission is free, but please do register here.

The Imitation Game movie screening

Chair Pauline Vincenten
15:00 - 15:15 Introduction by Aske Plaat
15:15 - 17:15 Movie screening
17.15 - 17.30 Q&A by Aske Plaat
17.30 - 18.30 Drinks and snacks @ Snellius' FooBar


Trailer The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game @ IMDB