It’s gonna be a hot summer here at HITS: SDBV scientists have organized the 10th anniversary meeting of the international initiative“COMBINE” that coordinates standards in systems biology. HITS has launched a new round of applications for the Journalist in Residence” program, and the interdisciplinarity at the institute bears fruit. In the new issue of our newsletter “The Charts”, you will also find a portrait of Scientific Databases and Visualization group leader Wolfgang Müller, who has been scientific director of HITS since the beginning of this year.
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.