They did it again – and this time they joined forces with colleagues across the Klaus Tschira Foundation: The HITS cycling team 2021 with team captain Stefan Richter (Molecular and Cellular Modeling group) achieved an impressive 19th rank out of 78 participating teams in this year’s City Cycling Challenge Heidelberg on 4-24 July. In the category kilometers per person, they even ranked 6th with 299 kilometers per cyclist. Congratulations to the 16 team members also for saving more than 700 kg of C02 this way.
Overall, this year’s challenge saw more than 1,700 local participants who cycled 361,825 km. But the initiative is more than just a competition. The main objectives are to draw greater attention to cycling in the public discourse and to improve the local cycling infrastructure in general.
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.