HITS News

HITS Annual Report 2017 released!

The HITS Annual Report 2017 has been released. In this report, you will find research highlights from 2017 that range from decoding of the genome of the Axolotl salamander to the most complete simulation of the universe ever performed.

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In memory of Isabel Rojas

On May 11, 2018, Isabel Rojas (1968-2013) would have turned fifty years old. HITS views Isabel Rojas’s fiftieth birthday as an opportunity to commemorate her as a scientist and a wonderful person.

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New planetarium and astronomy visitor centre opened

Today, after three years of construction, the ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre will be inaugurated. The new centre at the European Southern Observatory headquarters in Garching is an endowment from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The state-of-the-art astronomy centre is tailored to convey the fascination and significance of astronomy andastrophysics to the public. The idea for the centre emanated from a cooperation between the ESO and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

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Habilitation for HITSter Rüdiger Pakmor

The astrophysicist Dr. Rüdiger Pakmor from the Theoretical Astrophysis group (TAP) successfully completed the habilitation process at Heidelberg University. At the end of January, the faculty committee of physics and astronomy presented him the certificate of venia legendi. He develops novel numerical methods and applies them, among others, to galaxy formation and supernova explosions. Pakmor…

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Die Computational Biology (CBI) Gruppe, 2013-2018 (v.l.n.r.): Martin Pippel, Siegfried Schloissnig, Philipp Kämpfer, Sean Powell, Philipp Bongartz.

CBI Junior Group: Mission Accomplished

HITS Junior Group “Computational Biology” is bringing its work to a close with two publications in “Nature.” According to Group Leader Siegfried Schloissnig, “We had enough time to do diligent quality work.” New HITS Junior Groups will be established in 2018.

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Kerstin Hoppenhaus and Andreas von Bubnoff to be “Journalists in Residence” at HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies gives science journalists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of computer-based, data-driven science with a longer stay at the institute. For the third time, the program was announced internationally. Candidates from six continents applied. The jury chose the science journalists Kerstin Hoppenhaus (Berlin, Germany) for 2018 and Andreas von Bubnoff (New York, USA) for 2019.

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Season’s Greetings!

On the whole, a successful but busy year is coming to its end and we look forward to start into the festive season. We wish you all Happy Holidays and a successful New Year. We hope for 2018 to be just as great and would be pleased to have you take part again.

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Tracking down the origins of gold

The European Research Council has awarded HITS astrophysicist Andreas Bauswein an ERC Starting Grant worth approximately 1.5 million euros. Using computer simulations, the aim of the project is to better understand the collisions between neutron stars. These are seen as potential candidates for the formation of heavy elements such as gold, silver and uranium.

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