HITS: Call for “Journalist in Residence” in 2020 and 2021

13. June 2019
Interdisciplinary and international: HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

Are you an experienced science journalist? Would you like to delve into new areas of research and deepen your technical knowledge? Or learn more about the methods and potentials of data-driven science in Germany? The “Journalist in Residence” program at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) offers a stay of three to six months. Acceptance into the program is compensated with € 5,000 per month, the deadline for applications for two positions – one in 2020 and another in 2021 – is 10 September 2019.

The program

The “Journalist in Residence” program is geared towards freelance and staff science journalists with at least five years of experience and a focus on the natural sciences and technology It is open to all media (print, online, radio, TV), one of its goals is to encourage dialogue between journalists and researchers, thus providing journalists with a better understanding of the way research works and how researchers think. Journalists are not expected to publish anything related to HITS in return. Instead, the program supports free and independent journalism.

A good command of spoken and written English is mandatory.

See more information on the program, application requirements and FAQ.
Please send your application by e-mail to peter.saueressig@h-its.org. The HITS communications team will be present and ready for questions at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in early July.

The institute

HITS is a private, non-profit basic research institute where 120 scientists from 20 countries are currently working in 11 research groups. Their fields of research range from molecular biology and carbon chemistry to statistics and astrophysics. HITS focuses on the processing, structuring, and analysis of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. One aim of the institute is to raise public awareness of the importance of computer-aided, data-driven research. The institute is located in Heidelberg, Germany, a city with a top-100 university and many other high-class research institutions.

Since 2012, there have been seven “Journalists in Residence”– from the U.S., Spain, Germany, and India – many of them utilized their stay for long-term projects. For example, science journalist Volker Stollorz wrote the concept for a German Science Media Center during his stay at HITS. In 2016, the “Science Media Center Germany” was established.

Media contact:

Dr. Peter Saueressig
Head of Communications
HITS, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
+49 (0)6221 533 245

HITS communications team at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in Lausanne, Switzerland,1-5 July, 2019:

Isabel Lacurie
Twitter: @HITSabel

Dr. Peter Saueressig
Twitter: @petersaueressig

See also:

Previous and current “Journalists in Residence” at HITS


About 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.

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