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

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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