Cosmic Rays: The Key to Galaxy Formation?

HITS Astrophysicist Christoph Pfrommer starts with new Junior Research group “High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology” – funded by a €2 million ERC Consolidator Grant. The new Junior Research Group “High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology” (HAC) has now started at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). HITS astrophysicist Dr. Christoph Pfrommer has been awarded a…


33 million core hours for collaborative project

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) has granted 33 million core hours at the Cineca High Performance Computing Center in Italy for a collaborative project between HITS, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and Sanofi (France). The project “Molecular Dynamics Simulations for Computing Kinetic Constants for Drug Discovery” will be performed within the framework of the…


“Journalist in Residence”: Michael Stang at HITS

The German science journalist Michael Stang has begun his stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) as “Journalist in Residence.” This program offers science journalists a stay of up to 6 months at the institute which has a focus on data-driven research in areas ranging from astrophysics to cell biology. Candidates from 23…


Data mining algorithms and new standards for astronomers

Kai Polsterer, leader of the HITS Astroinformatics (AIN) group, is now chair of the IVOA Knowledge Discovery in Databases group. It’s a special interest group in the network of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). In this framework, Kai Polsterer and his collaborates represent the interests of the data mining and machine learning communities. The…


New Managing Director for HITS

On 1 January 2016, Dr. Gesa Schönberger was appointed the new managing director of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies. She succeeds Prof. Andreas Reuter, who will remain as managing director of the private, non-profit research institute until the end of March. On 1 January 2016 Dr. Gesa Schönberger was appointed the new managing director…


Tilmann Gneiting as Editor-in-Chief of “The Annals of Applied Statistics”

HITS group leader Professor Tilmann Gneiting is now Editor-In-Chief of the peer-reviewed scientific journal “The Annals of Applied Statistics”, which is published by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). He takes over from Professor Stephen A. Fienberg at Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. Statistical research spans an enormous range from direct subject-matter collaborations to…


HITS researchers cited worldwide

In the recent ranking “Highly Cited Researchers” by Thomson Reuters, the HITS scientists Volker Springel (Astrophysics) and Tilmann Gneiting (Mathematics) are once again among the highly cited researchers worldwide. Two scientists of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) belong to the group of highly cited researchers worldwide. The result of the “Highly Cited Researchers”…


Season’s Greetings

Dear friends and colleagues,

In the languages of their native countries, all HITSters send you their season´s greetings.


Prof. Rebecca Wade (Scientific Director)  &  Prof. Andreas Reuter (Managing Director)


HITS Season's Greetings

Simulating the Death of Stars

Humboldt Fellow Samuel Jones (University of Victoria, Canada) is exploring the evolution and the explosion of stars by means of highly sophisticated computer simulations in order to gain new insights into the birth of neutron stars and the origin of the chemical elements. His research stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) is…


Michael Stang and T V Padma 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 second time, the program was announced internationally. Candidates from 23 countries applied. The jury chose the science journalists Michael Stang (Germany) for 2016 and TV Padma (India)…


ISESO: On the road to a new energy management

On November 9 and 10, 2015, the International Symposium on Energy System Optimization (ISESO 2015) took place at the Studio Villa Bosch conference center in Heidelberg. More than 50 participants from Europe, North and South America discussed how methods from different disciplines, such as mathematics, electrical engineering, economics and operations research can help us tackle…