Observations and theoretical models have made impressive progress in understanding supernova explosions thanks to the advent of huge transient surveys and advances in high-performance computing. To consolidate progress, it is important to make specialists in different aspects of supernova research aware of progress and challenges on other fronts. Together with Anders Jerkstrand (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics Garching) and Bernhard Mueller (Queen’s University Belfat), PSO group member Markus Kromer is co-organizing the 660. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Seminar “Supernovae – From Simulations to Observations and Nucleosynthetic Fingerprints”, to be held at Physikzentrum Bad Honnef from January 21 to 24, 2018. The seminar, generously funded by the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Stiftung, will bring together world-leading experts, early career researchers, and students to discuss the physical modelling of stellar explosions, their nucleosynthesis, radiation transfer, and supernova observations to identify future opportunities at the intersection of these four different research fields.
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.