Issue 2 | 2021

18. June 2021

HITS Group Leader Anna Wienhard (Groups and Geometry) has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for her project on symmetries in mathematics.  The project, for which she will receive approximately two million euros, will run over a period of five years – congratulations, Anna!

Our research news focuses on new methods for drug development against COVID-19 and a newopen-source tool and benchmark to assess the quality of scientific software in terms of compliance with coding standards.

Finally, we continue our series “behind the science”, in which we portray the HITS shareholders. For this issue, we have interviewed Jörg Pross, Vice-Rector for Research at Heidelberg University.

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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