Issue 3 | 2021

14. September 2021

The astrophysicist Fabian Schneider, head of the junior group “Stellar Evolution Theory” (SET) at HITS, has been awarded the “Ludwig-Biermann-Förderpreis” of the “Astronomische Gesellschaft”, the professional association of German astronomy and astrophysics. With this award, the “Astronomische Gesellschaft” honors outstanding young researchers – congratulations!

Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide. The processes during cancer initiation, however, remain clinically obscure. In two studies, Saskia Haupt and Vincent Heuveline from the “Data Mining and Uncertainty Quantification” (DMQ) group at HITS, have modeled the biological processes of early colon cancer development with computer simulations. The simulations help to unravel the otherwise invisible cancer formation process.

Finally, we conclude our series “behind the science”, in which we portray the HITS shareholders: We have interviewed the representative of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hanns-Günther Mayer.

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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