Dear friends and colleagues,
When reflecting upon 2017, one thing is clear: It has been a great year for HITS! We have welcomed guests from all around the globe for a wide range of events. We have had a chance to catch up with HITS alumni. We have conducted research, published results, evaluated our work – and we have received several awards for it: Andreas Bauswein successfully acquired a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), Frauke Gräter was awarded the ‘PRACE Ada Lovelace Award 2017’, and three of our scientists once again made it onto the list of ‘Highly Cited Researchers’.
With Christmas approaching quickly, it is important to us to extend a helping hand to those in need. Therefore, we have decided to donate money to a charity organization instead of investing in Christmas presents for our friends and partners. We have been allocated € 5,000 by the Klaus Tschira Foundation for this purpose, and the entire sum will be donated to the ‘Waldpiraten Heidelberg’ – a camp run by the German Children Cancer Foundation.
As this successful and busy year draws to an end, we look forward to the coming holiday season. We wish you all Happy Holidays and a successful New Year! We hope that 2018 will be just as wonderful as the past year has been, and we would be thrilled to have you join us again in future activities!
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.