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

HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by 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, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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