Press Releases 2013

The Science of Forecasting

Mathematician Tilmann Gneiting is leader of the new research group “Computational Statistics” at HITS and Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). His research focuses on the theory and practice of forecasts as well as on spatial statistics. “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,” the Danish physicist Niels Bohr said – probably;…

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Bioinformatics: New type of bacteria found in the human gut

With software techniques, molecular biologists and computer scientists show that around half of the bacteria species in the human gut are yet unknown. With the help of the latest software techniques, a team of molecular biologists and computer scientists was now able to show that around half of the bacteria species in the human gut…

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Computer Science helps astronomers exploring the sky

The new HITS research group “Astroinformatics” will develop methods and software for astronomers and help facilitating the analysis and processing of the rapidly growing amount of data in astronomy. The junior group led by Kai Polsterer will work closely with other astronomical research groups in Heidelberg. The new junior research group “Astroinformatics” has recently commenced…

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The Human Brain Project has begun

The world’s most ambitious neuroscience project is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project, co-funded by the EU with an estimated budget of €1.2 billion, are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch. One of the principle investigators in this international project is HITS researcher Rebecca Wade. With more than…

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Wissenschaft im TV – Boulevardisierung eines Bildungsmediums?

This content is only available in German. Die Fernsehjournalistin Pia Grzesiak erläutert in einem Youtube-Video, wie schmal der Grat zwischen einer spannend aufbereiteten Wissenssendung und einer rein unterhaltenden Sendung ohne nennenswerten Informationsgehalt ist. Pia Grzesiak war von April bis Juli 2013 „Journalist in Residence“ am HITS. Das Programm ermöglicht Wissenschaftsjournalistinnen und -journalisten die vertiefende Beschäftigung…

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Journalist in Residence at HITS: a program for science journalists

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) offers experienced journalists with focus on scientific journalism a three-month to six-month paid stay that is to start in January 2014. The program “Journalist in Residence” enables journalists to deal in depth with different research topics, without the pressure of daily business. The stay is endowed with EUR…

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Open Day at HITS

This content is only available in German. Vom Molekül bis zum Universum – Forschung mit dem Computer: Tag der offenen Tür im HITS am Samstag, 8. Juni Das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS) öffnet am Samstag, 8. Juni 2013, von 11 bis 17 Uhr, seine Tore im Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg für alle Interessierten. Die Besucher erwartet…

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How reliable is the standard model of cosmology

This content is only available in German. Podiumsdiskussion am 19.06.2013: Ist das kosmologische Standardmodell tragfähig? Mit dem kosmologischen Standardmodell befasst sich eine Podiumsdiskussion am 19. Juni in Heidelberg. Kritiker und Befürworter des Modells diskutieren über Dunkle Materie, Dunkle Energie und die Frage, wie stabil die Grundpfeiler des Standardmodells der Kosmologie sind. Moderation: Ulf von Rauchhaupt…

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What can we learn on TV?

This content is only available in German. Die freie Wissenschaftsjournalistin Pia Grzesiak über das Phänomen Infotainment– öffentliches HITS-Kolloquium am Montag, 03.06.2013, 16.00 Uhr, im Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. Egal ob die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels, die Bedeutung des „Higgs-Teilchens“ oder die Entstehung von Seuchen – heutzutage lehrt uns das Medium Fernsehen zu jeder Tag- und…

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Decoding worms to decode regeneration

Dr. Siegfried Schloissnig is head of the newly established Computational Biology junior research group at Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). Prof. Eugene “Gene” Myers, one of the pioneers in bioinformatics, is affiliated with the group as a mentor. Together with his laboratory at the Max Planck Center for Systems Biology in Dresden, the junior…

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What Determines the Stability of Proteins?

With mathematical methods and computer simulations, Humboldt Fellow Richard Henchman (University of Manchester) is exploring the factors of protein stability – Research stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), supported by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation Since January 2013, Dr. Richard Henchman (University of Manchester) has been working at the Heidelberg Institute for…

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Pia Grzesiak to be new HITS “Journalist in Residence”

This content is only available in German. Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien fördert den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaftsjournalisten und Forschern – TV-Journalistin will die Themen datengetriebener Forschung sichtbar machen Die Fernsehjournalistin Pia Grzesiak wird im April als „HITS Journalist in Residence 2013“ ans Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien kommen. Das Programm ermöglicht Journalistinnen und Journalisten mit…

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