On April 15, 2016, Andreas Reuter stepped down as managing director of HITS. 18 years before, the computer scientist had given up his post as prorector of Stuttgart University to establish a private English-speaking university, at the same time accepting Klaus Tschira’s offer to mastermind the development of the EML European Media Laboratory GmbH as its scientific and managing director. In 2003 he went on to found EML Research gGmbH, a basic research institute from which HITS originated in 2010. Andreas Reuter’s extensive experience as a science manager has proven invaluable – particularly in the cooperation with KIT and Heidelberg University on various joint appointments and the decision by both universities to become shareholders of HITS in 2014.
When Klaus Tschira passed away in March 2015, Andreas Reuter remained as the sole managing director for another year. Despite retirement as managing director of HITS in 2016, Andreas Reuter continued to be active in other institutions founded by Klaus Tschira, such as the HITS Stiftung and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation. He retired from these positions as of 15 May 2020.
HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by 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, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.