Klaus Tschira Guest Professors at HITS

29. September 2022

The Klaus Tschira Guest Professorship Program has started this year. It aims to reach internationally renowned scientists for sabbaticals or extended research stays.

Science coffee: Antonis Rokas (left) and Sarbani Basu (right).

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!

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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