Exciting times at HITS: Ganna (Anya) Gryn’ova establishes graphene research at the institute as leader of the new junior group “Computational Carbon Chemistry” (CCC), and two of our group leaders have been appointed new “Marsilius Fellows” at Heidelberg University. Also in this issue: what the color PINK has got to do with a cool tool for astronomy and a portrait of science journalist Kerstin Hoppenhaus, who spent six months as “Journalist in Residence” at HITS:
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.