It’s been a hot summer but at HITS we’ve been hard at work. In July, we celebrated our bi-annual Alumi Meeting and hosted the COMBINE conference with close on 100 participants from all over the world. At the same time a substantial group of HITSters made sure they didn’t miss out on fitness and fun by taking part in the NCT run. Read this and more – including a portrait of our current Journalist in Residence Andreas von Bubnoff – in the latest edition of “The Charts” (issue 36), now available online.
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.