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Welcome to the website of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).
At the moment, HITS comprises 10 research groups from various fields of the natural sciences, plus mathematics and computer science. We are convinced that such a multi-disciplinary setting is an ideal "incubator" for novel approaches to hard scientific problems.
Follow the HITS Twitter account and visit HITS on Facebook, on LinkedIn and on our  Youtube-Channel.

Latest News:

December 12, 2014: In "SCIENCE": Big data explain the evolution of birds
- HITS researchers designed the algorithms for the most comprehensive whole-genome analysis yet

The latest HITS Newsletter "The Charts" No.17 is now online! Read it here

On Youtube: "Put more Journalism into Science Journalism" - Public Talk by Michele Catanzaro, HITS Journalist in Residence 2014

- "MATH @ HITS" - movie about HITS research on Youtube

- Our Annual Report 2013 is online! Read it here (PDF)

- HITS Youtube-Channel: Movies on research and researchers

Rebecca Wade (HITS) is one of the principal investigators in the EU-funded "Human Brain Project"

HITS is an active partner of the Biotech-Cluster Rhine-Neckar, which was awarded the leading-edge Cluster for "Cell-based and Molecular Medicine" in 2008.

HITS Fall Impressions (pictures: Peter Saueressig / HITS)