The science of forecasting: Models and data instead of crystal balls

“Summer School” in Heidelberg in the framework of the “ScienceFore” Project, led by Tilmann Gneiting (HITS). The project is funded by ERC Advanced grant from the European Union.   “Que sera, sera”: The future being uncertain, forecasts ought to be probabilistic in nature, taking the form of probability distributions over future quantities or events. Accordingly,…

Protected: Chaotically Magnetized Cloud Is No Place to Build a Star, or Is It?

U.S. astronomers and astrophysicists found that stars can emerge from a wider range of conditions as previously thought. For their research, they used the ALMA telescope and the “AREPO” code from HITS astrophysicist Prof. Volker Springel. See original press release from National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). For decades, scientists believed that the magnetic field lines…

Young Researcher´s award goes to HITS doctoral student

Mehmet Ali Öztürk, PhD student at HITS and at the Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS) of Heidelberg University, has been awarded the „Preis der Dr. Alexander und Dr. Rosemarie Bauer-Stiftung“ of Heidelberg University.  The 3000 Euro award enables young researchers to have a research stay in Germany or abroad.…

Nacre in the supercomputer

HITSter Frauke Gräter wins the 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC prace/bruxelles. Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE aisbl is delighted to announce that Prof Dr Frauke Gräter, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and University of Heidelberg, Germany is the winner of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. It is the second…

The Forecaster’s Dilemma: Evaluating forecasts of extreme events

Accurate predictions of extreme events do not necessarily indicate the scientific superiority of the forecaster or the forecast method from which they originate. The way forecast evaluation is conducted in the media can thus pose a dilemma. When it comes to extreme events, public discussion of forecasts often focuses on predictive performance. After the international…

On the front cover: Multiexpert Platform for the Identification of Hits Targeting Parasitic Enzymes

In the New Medicines for Trypanosomatidic Infections (NMTRypI) project funded by the EU and completed in January 2017, in which 13 partners participated, including the HITS Molecular and Cellular Modeling (MCM) and Scientific Databases and Visualization (SDBV) groups, novel anti-leishmanial and anti-trypanosomal hit compounds that inhibit pteridine reductase 1 (PTR1) were discovered. PTR1 is an enzyme of…

New species discovered: Protist parasites contribute to the stability of rainforest ecosystems

Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth. Thousands of animal and plant species live there. The smaller microbial protists, which are not visible to the naked eye, are also native to these forests, where they live in the soils and elsewhere. An international team of scientists, among them three HITS researchers,…