Andreas Reuter says “Goodbye” – Change in the HITS Management

Prof. Andreas Reuter has retired as managing director of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). He will focus on the managerial and directorial functions he performs in other institutions founded by Klaus Tschira. His successor is Dr. Gesa Schönberger, who took up this position in January 2016.   On April 15, 2016, Prof. Dr-Ing.…


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…


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