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How Complex Problems Become Simple

Mathematician Anna Wienhard is the new Research Group Leader at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). In addition to her professorship at the University of Heidelberg, she will build up the associated group “Groups and Geometry” at HITS. For her research achievements, Prof. Wienhard has received the ERC’s “Consolidator Grant.” Mathematics has always played…

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SCO Scientists: “Best Lecture” at KIT Computer Science

For their lecture “Introduction to Bioinformatics for Computer Scientists”, SCO group members Alexandros Stamatakis, Andre Aberer, Tomas Flouri, Alexey Kozlov, Kassian Kobert, and their visiting scientist Mark Holder (University of Kansas) have been awarded for “the best master’s level lecture in computer science” at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The award was presented during the…

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ERC President at HITS

Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council since 2013, visited Heidelberg and met with ERC Grant winners at HITS. HITS Managing Director Andreas Reuter and Scientific Director Rebecca Wade had invited the French mathematician. He talked with HITS researchers Tilmann Gneiting (ERC Advanced Grant), Volker Springel (ERC Starting Grant), Christoph Pfrommer (ERC Consolidator…

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HITS: Call for „Journalist in Residence“ 2016

Are you an experienced science journalist? Would you like a change of scenery, and the chance to get away from your day-to-day routine? The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) “Journalist in Residence” program offers the possibility to spend three to six months among bright scientific minds, allowing you to gain a deeper insight into…

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Von Wetter, Schlangen und Molekülen: Girls‘ Day am HITS

– Sorry, this press release is only available in German –   Am 23. April, dem bundesweiten Girls‘ Day, gibt das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS) interessierten Mädchen Einblicke in die computergestützte Forschung in den Naturwissenschaften. 16 Schülerinnen aus der Region Heidelberg lernen in drei Workshops, wie Forschung mit dem Computer funktioniert. Die Themen…

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“Journalist in Residence”: Larry Krumenaker at HITS

The North American science writer Larry Krumenaker is the 2015 “Journalist in Residence” at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). 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. The next call for…

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The Future of Computation & Knowledge: Stephen Wolfram at HITS

The distinguished scientist, technologist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram visited the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) on Friday, March 27 to meet the HITS scientists and give a public talk about his work. Wolfram has devoted his career to the development and application of computational thinking. He is the original developer of “Mathematica”, the author…

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Computer Science Talent joins HITS

In February 2015, Sarah Lutteropp joined the SCO group (leader: Alexandros  Stamatakis) as student worker. She currently studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) but already made herself a name in the past – aged only 17, she won research competitions, such as the German Bundeswettbewerb Informatik, and participated very successfully in other competitions…

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What is the Impact of Cosmic Rays on Galaxy Formation?

European Research Council will fund HITS astrophysicist Christoph Pfrommer with an ERC Consolidator Grant with € 2 Million HITS astrophysicist Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christoph Pfrommer has successfully applied for a Consolidator Grant of the European research Council (ERC). His research project CRAGSMAN – The Impact of Cosmic Rays on Galaxy and Cluster Formation“ will be funded…

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Brighter than 100 Billion Stars

Supernova scientist Friedrich Röpke is the leader of the new research group „Physics of Stellar Objects“ at HITS and professor at Heidelberg University. He examines the high-energy processes in the death of stars using computer simulations. Modern astronomy began with a supernova. In November 1572, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe discovered a new star – and…

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