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New Foundations for HITS

HITS has new statutes and new shareholders, Heidelberg University and KIT. Furthermore, the “HITS Stiftung” and a Scientific Advisory Board have been established. New HITS website online. The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) has been structurally reorganized so the institute will continue to run smoothly and evolve continually after the start-up phase. As of…

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Portrait of Michele Catanzaro

In his attic office, piles of paper are spread on the desk: copies of scientific articles, newspaper clippings, books and handwritten notepads. Michele Catanzaro is very busy these days, but very relaxed at the same time. “I enjoy delving into science again”, the Rome-born says with a smile. “I didn´t have the opportunity to pore…

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HITSter wins Heidelberg Science Slam

Lucas Czech, PhD student in the HITS group Scientific Computing (SCO), won the Heidelberg Science Slam at O’Reilly’s Heidelberg on 18 November 2014. More than 100 people attended the event and listened to his talk on speech recognition. Lucas presented some of the fundamental techniques and models that are used to make computers understand human…

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Put more Journalism into Science Journalism

Science journalist Michele Catanzaro on research in the media from an  international, non-naive view – HITS public talk on Tuesday, November 11, 4 p.m., Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. Mexican nano-terrorists, Turkish quadrupedals, fractal cancer cures, Thatcherian genes… many stories show that good science journalism can save lives, and bad science journalism can kill (literally).…

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HITSter wins Poster Prize at “Extremes 2014“ Symposium

Kira Feldmann, PhD Student in the Computational Statistics group at HITS, was awarded a poster prize at the “Extremes Symposium 2014” by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hannover. Out of 21 participants, she and three other young researchers from Potsdam, Hamburg and Munich were picked as winners. Kira’s poster was titled: “Spatial postprocessing for forecasts of…

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Michael Strube to be co-chair of the ACL 2015

Prof. Michael Strube, head of the NLP group, was appointed Program Committee Co-chair of the ACL 2015. The conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) will take place next year in Beijing. http://acl2015.org/ Strube evaluates the submitted projects and develops the program. The annual meeting of the ACL is the most important conference in…

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“Journalist in Residence”: Michele Catanzaro at HITS

The Barcelona-based science journalist Michele Catanzaro begins his stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) as “Journalist in Residence.” This program offers science journalist a longer stay at the institute which conducts data-driven research in areas ranging from astrophysics to cell biology. Candidates from 22 countries applied for the program that had been…

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Small but significant: HITS performs well in the Humboldt ranking

The current Humboldt ranking lists the German research institutions and cities that are leading in the international contest for the best minds. Heidelberg is particularly successful: 274 scholars and award winners have worked at the University and the surrounding research institutions in the last five years. The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) welcomed a…

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HITS an Bord: Digitale Forschung auf der MS Wissenschaft

This content is only available in German. 6. August 2014, 18 Uhr 30 bis 22 Uhr: Mitmachstationen, Vorführungen sowie eine Podiumsdiskussion  mit der baden-württembergischen Wissenschaftsministerin Theresia Bauer. Das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS) geht an Bord der „MS Wissenschaft“, die ab dem 4. August in Mannheim-Lindenhof vor Anker liegt. Unter dem Motto: „Forschung digital…

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Die Kraft, die im Molekül steckt

This content is only available in German.   Dr. Frauke Gräter, Leiterin der Forschungsgruppe „Molecular Biomechanics“ am Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS), erhielt jetzt die W3-Professur „Molekulare Biomechanik“ (Fakultät für Biowissenschaften / HITS) an der Universität Heidelberg. Die Berufung der 37-jährigen Chemikerin dokumentiert die gute und intensive Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Universität Heidelberg und dem…

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HITS bei Explore Science: Es lebe die Vielfalt!

This content is only available in German. Was haben wir Menschen mit einer Banane gemeinsam? Wie macht man DNA sichtbar? Mit welchen Lebewesen sind wir verwandt? Und wie sieht ein Molekül aus? All das erklären die Wissenschaftler des Heidelberger Instituts für Theoretische Studien mit spannenden Mitmachstationen und Vorträgen bei „Explore Science“, den naturwissenschaftlichen Erlebnistagen der…

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Mathematical models, astrophysical simulations

The HITS scientists Volker Springel (Astrophysics) and Tilmann Gneiting (Mathematics) are 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. This is the result of the “Highly Cited Researchers” report by the Thomson Reuters Group.  The astrophysicist Prof. Volker…

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