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:
HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by 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, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.