The Klaus Tschira Guest Professorship Program has started this year. It aims to reach internationally renowned scientists for sabbaticals or extended research stays.
The first Klaus Tschira Guest professor has been the biologist Antonis Rokas from Vanderbilt University, USA. He arrived in June 2022. He intensively collaborated with the Computational Molecular Evolution group and gave a hybrid talk in the HITS colloquium series. He spent his time at HITS until the end of September. His successor, the astrophysicist Sarbani Basu from Yale University, USA, arrived in mid-September. Due to this small overlap, they met in the HITS coffee bar lounge shortly before Antonis left.
Sarbani Basu will give a colloquium talk on 4 October about the sun and the stars as laboratories. She will collaborate with the astro groups at HITS, mostly with the Theory and Observations of Stars group. So farewell to Antonis and welcome to Sarbani!
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.