12 Months of War

23. February 2023
Photo: HITS/Peter Saueressig (Mural under Ernst-Walz-Bridge, Heidelberg, March 2022)

As the first year of the Russian war in Ukraine is coming to a close, we are turning our gaze inwards to see what we have done on our side. In March last year we announced, via our website and the NGO Science for Ukraine, that we would welcome guest scientists from Ukraine. So far, 2 scientists joined the HITS. Please know that this option is still available and feel free to share this link with interested parties: https://scienceforukraine.eu.

We were allies on social media to those who broaden Germany’s public knowledge and want to continue to do so. Frauke Gräter as the HITS scientific director,  Kiril Maltsev as a HITS PhD student of Ukrainian and Russian origin and Ganna (Anya) Gryn’ova as a HITS group leader and Ukrainian expat gave interviews to Nils Birschmann of Campus Radio.

We would like to spread the following information. Gatherings will take place over the next few days, to show that people condemn Putin’s actions.

  • Political demonstration (Kundgebung) in the Mannheim marketplace on 24 February at 5pm
  •  Commemoration/ Christian Prayer (Mahnwache) in the Heidelberg University Square on 24 February at 6pm (followed up by a sermon at Heiliggeistkirche ca. 6:45pm)
  •  A Ukraine cultural evening  at Mannheim Alte Feuerwache on 24 February starting at 8pm 
  • Political demonstration (Kundgebung) in the Heidelberg University Square on 25 February at 1pm
  •  A charity concert at Mannheim Johanniskirche on 26 February at 6pm

We also would like to raise awareness for demonstrations of followers of the Russian opposition, which hope to inspire people in Russia questioning pro-war propaganda.

Political demonstration (Kundgebung) in the Frankfurt Opernplatz on February 24 at 5:30pm

We hope this war ends soon.

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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