Issue 2 | 2022

21. June 2022

A “magic triangle” has formed: “SIMPLAIX” is a three-way-cooperation between HITS, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), enabled by the Klaus Tschira Foundation. This research initiative combines multiscale simulation and machine learning. The inaugural symposium took place in April at Studio Villa Bosch.

Whether fast or slow, sluggish or agile – all cells in the body need the right balance between stability and flexibility, i.e they must respond to a variety of biochemical and mechanical signals. Researchers from the “Molecular Biomechanics” (MBM) group at HITS, together with partners from Finland, investigated the biochemical and biomechanical processes involved in cell migration.

Three months ago, the invasion of Ukraine began. Under the title “Beyond the limits” we show the activities with which we at HITS try to help Ukrainian researchers – from the announcement of positions to study scholarships for Ukrainian young scientists.

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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