On January 9, 2018, the PSO group hosted Dr. Maria Lugaro from the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Maria leads a research group that tries to understand how nuclear reactions inside stars produce the chemical elements that make up the world around us, and all the other stars and planetary systems in the Universe. Maria visited Heidelberg to give a talk at the Heidelberg Joint Astronomical Colloquium (HJAC) of the Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg on January 9. A video recording of her excellent review on “Nucleosynthesis and the origin of stardust grains” is available in the HJAC video channel.
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.