Data for life

HITS researcher Alexandros Stamatakis is new SAB member of the Greek ELIXIR National Node Prof. Alexandros Stamatakis, head of the Scientific Computing (SCO) group at HITS, has been appointed new member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of ELIXIR-GR. This is the Greek node of ELIXIR, a distributed infrastructure for life-science information that unites Europe’s…

Das Foto zeigt die Vertragsunterzeichnung (v.l.n.r.): Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Eitel (Rektor der Universität Heidelberg), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Andreas Reuter (Wissenschaftlicher Leiter der Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation), Beate Spiegel (Vorstandsvorsitzende der Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation) HITS Geschäftsführerin Dr. Gesa Schönberger und HITS-Institutssprecherin Prof. Dr. Rebecca Wade. (Photo: Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation / B. Kreutzer)

New energies: strengthening mathematics and computer science

HITS and Heidelberg University are scientific partners of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation – sustainable and professional support to the annual meeting of top researchers from mathematics and computer science with young scientists from around the world. Since 2013, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) takes place annually in Heidelberg. At this networking event, award-winning scientists…


HITS opens second site in the „Mathematikon“

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) has opened a second site on Heidelberg´s university campus Neuenheimer Feld. The private basic research institute, which has its headquarters at Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 35, has moved into the “Mathematikon”, Berliner Str. 45, thus enhancing its presence on the University campus. The new, second site of HITS is located on…


On the front cover: Molecular dynamics involved in DNA compaction

DNA is packaged in the cell nucleus by wrapping around proteins called histones to form chromatin fibers. Nucleosomes, the structural units of these fibers, are formed by wrapping 146 base pairs of DNA around eight histones. Additional histone proteins, known as linker histones, bind to nucleosomes in a 1:1 ratio to form chromatosomes.  The study…


HITS and Yale: Over the ocean, across the Universe

Start of the HITS-Yale program in astrophysics – the collaboration comprises two postdoctoral fellowships as well as regular meetings in Heidelberg and New Haven The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and Yale University, New Haven/U.S, have started a joint initiative to foster collaboration between astronomers and astrophysicists on both sides of the ocean: the…


X. Würzburg Workshop on Supernovae and related topics

On July 21 and 22, the PSO group organized the X. Würzburg Workshop on Supernovae and related topics in Würzburg. At this meeting, an international group of researchers gathered to discuss recent progress in the fields of hydrodynamic modeling of thermonuclear supernovae, hydrodynamic modeling of stars, and numerical hydrodynamics.

Made by nature: a highly elastic pressurized balloon

Collagens constitute the dominant class of extracellular proteins in multicellular organisms. They are highly abundant wherever high elasticity is needed. The collagens of cnidarians, multicellular organisms among the oldest appearing on Earth and including jellyfish and sea anemones, are particularly fascinating. They structure the wall of the nematocyst, a balloon-shaped organelle, designed to naturally withstand…


Volker Springel elected to the German Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina”

Volker Springel, head of the Theoretical Astrophysics group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), has been elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He will be invited to present a lecture and receive his membership certificate at the official inauguration ceremony in March 2017. The astrophysicist Prof. Volker Springel has designed and…


HITS Annual Report: Advanced Research

Annual Report of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) published: Advanced research using supercomputers – from molecular biology to astrophysics. In 2010, the physicist Klaus Tschira (1940 – 2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation founded the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). Today, around 120 scientists from 22 countries work at the non-profit research…