The astrophysicists Ashley Ruiter, Ivo Seitenzahl, and Fiona Panther of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra visited the PSO group at HITS from 19.9. until 23.9.2016. The visit was part of an exchange programme between the group of Prof. Brian Schmidt, ANU, and the group of Prof. Friedrich Röpke, HITS. The exchange programme is funded by a joint scheme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Australian Group of Eight.
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.