Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council since 2013, visited Heidelberg and met with ERC Grant winners at HITS. HITS Managing Director Andreas Reuter and Scientific Director Rebecca Wade had invited the French mathematician. He talked with HITS researchers Tilmann Gneiting (ERC Advanced Grant), Volker Springel (ERC Starting Grant), Christoph Pfrommer (ERC Consolidator Grant), and Anna Wienhard (ERC Consolidator Grant), leader of the new associated HITS Group “Groups and Geometry”.
Dr. Peter Saueressig
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Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.