HITS welcomes the new group leader Saskia Hekker at the institute. The astrophysicist and her new HITS group are trying to understand the physical processes of stellar evolution. Further, we congratulate the astrophysicist Fabian Schneider to two large scientific funds. Our research continues to contribute to the ongoing global Covid-19 research: The SDBV group takes part in improving the data management for researchers worldwide. In the third installment of our series “behind the scenes”, we present the team that makes the institute shine!
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.