Dear friends and colleagues,
As we come to the end of an eventful and turbulent year, we and all the HITSters send you our best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a successful New Year.
The New Year will bring a planned change in the HITS management as the position of Scientific Director rotates through the group leaders. Rebecca Wade, who has been Scientific Director for the last two years, will step down from this position at the end of the year. As of 2017, Michael Strube will be Scientific Director, and Wolfgang Müller, who now has his group at the second HITS site in the “Mathematikon”, will be his deputy.
With best regards,
Prof. Rebecca Wade (Scientific Director)
Prof. Michael Strube (Deputy Scientific Director)
Dr. Gesa Schönberger (Managing Director)
Instead of sending Christmas gifts, the HITS gGmbH will make a donation to the “Waldpiraten-Camp” of the Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung.
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.