Issue 1 | 2021

10. March 2021

HITS welcomes new group leader Fabian Schneider, who started in January 2021. The astrophysicist is currently establishing his own research group “Stellar Evolution Theory” with funds from an ERC Starting Grant. Speaking of ERC grants:

HITS group leaders Frauke Gräter (Molecular Biomechanics) and Saskia Hekker (Theory and Observations of Stars) have received ERC Consolidator Grants with funds of about 2 million euros each – congratulations!

Frauke Gräter is also the new Scientific Director of HITS, a position that rotates among the group leaders. She represents the Institute in all scientific matters vis-à-vis cooperation partners and the public.

Our research news focuses on the coronavirus, with forecasts of COVID-19 infections and the quest for new medicines against the disease. 

Finally, we introduce a “sequel” to the “behind the scenes” series, called “behind the science”, in which we present the HITS shareholders, starting with the HITS-Stiftung that provides the Institute’s basic funding.

About HITS

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.

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