HITS group leader Anna Wienhard appointed director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

4. November 2022
Anna Wienhard (Photo: HITS / Keskin)

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig welcomes Anna Wienhard as its new director. Her newly established research group focuses on fundamental research in the areas of geometry, group theory, and dynamics, and explores applications and interactions with other sciences. Anna Wienhard will be leaving from Heidelberg, where she was professor for mathematics at Heidelberg University and associated group leader at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), in November. Since 2020, she has been Scientific Chairperson of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation.

“We are grateful and proud of Anna, who served for 7 years as associated group leader at HITS”, says Deputy Scientific Director Tilmann Gneiting. “The position of a Max Planck Director is a suitable career step for this outstanding scientist.”  For the time being, jointly appointed members of Anna Wienhards´s “Groups and Geometry” group will stay at HITS, still being involved in interdisciplinary projects with other groups.

See the MPI-MIS press release for more information: https://www.mis.mpg.de/institute/presse/news/anna-wienhard-appointed-director.html

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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