Turbulent times: When stars approach

HITS astrophysicists use new methods to simulate the common-envelope phase of binary stars, discovering dynamic irregularities that may help to explain how supernovae evolve. When we look at the night sky, we see stars as tiny points of light eking out a solitary existence at immense distances from Earth. But appearances are deceptive. More than…


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…


Mechanosensing of focal adhesion kinase

Why do astronauts suffer from bone loss?  Astronauts lose bone mass because of the low gravity in space. Bones need mechanical stimulation for regeneration and growth. But how does bone tissue sense mechanical forces? Stem cell differentiation into bone tissue is complex. Several possible candidates have been suggested to work as force sensors in bone…


Higher Teichmüller theory and Higgs bundles: Hengstberger Symposium in Heidelberg

From November 2 – 6, 2015, Dr. Daniele Alessandrini, Dr. Gye-Seon Lee, and Dr. Ana Peón-Nieto from the Differential Geometry research group at Heidelberg University, led by GRG group leader Anna Wienhard, will organize the “Hengstberger Symposium” at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH). This international symposium focuses on interactions and new trends regarding Higher Teichmüller…