HITS and Heidelberg University are scientific partners of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation – sustainable and professional support to the annual meeting of top researchers from mathematics and computer science with young scientists from around the world.
Since 2013, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) takes place annually in Heidelberg. At this networking event, award-winning scientists from mathematics and computer science come together to exchange ideas among themselves and with selected young scientists and students. HLF is organized by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF). In addition to the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), Heidelberg University will now be a scientific partner of the foundation. Both partners will contribute their scientific expertise. The partnership agreements were signed shortly before the opening of the 4th HLF on 18 September 2016 in the auditorium of the New University of Heidelberg.
The HLF resulted from a joint initiative of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, who supports the HLF, and HITS. Prof. Andreas Reuter, founding director and longtime manager of HITS, has been involved from the beginning. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) was founded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation in 2013. The HLFF organizes the event, Andreas Reuter acts as scientific chairperson.
By the newly signed agreement, HITS perpetuates the scientific support of the networking event and will continue to contribute its world-renowned expertise in mathematical and computational topics – just as intended by its founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015).
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.