The Institute

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies was established 2010 by SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira foundation as a private, non-profit research institute.

HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics.

In September 2014, the HITS Foundation was established and is one of the shareholders of HITS gGmbH, together with Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Furthermore, HITS cooperates with other universities and research institutes, as well as with industrial partners. HITS’ primary funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Research Foundation and the European Union.

The HITS building is located next to the Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. Villa Bosch, the former residence of Nobel Prize laureate Carl Bosch, was completely renovated in 1997, and also houses the Klaus Tschira Foundation gGmbH, and a number of external institutions. Events take place in the Studio, the conference annex of Villa Bosch.

Heidelberg is located right in the middle of the Rhein-Neckar region, remarkable for its flourishing business enterprise and for its scientific excellence. The proximity to the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Kaiserslautern and Darmstadt, a number of universities of applied science, and numerous private and public institutions make Heidelberg an ideal site for cross-disciplinary research.

HITS Stiftung

The “HITS-Stiftung” is a foundation vested with legal capacity. Its primary purpose is to provide base funding for HITS. Other purposes include:

  • Organization of scientific and outreach events in the context of HITS’ agenda.
  • Cooperation with international research organizations for promoting scientific exchange and interdisciplinary research.
  • Funding of research projects.
  • Funding of scientific awards.
  • Providing scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Council of the HITS-Stiftung consists of

  • Representatives of the Tschira family.
  • The President of the “Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.”
  • The Managing Director of the Computer Science Research Center (FZI), Karlsruhe.
  • The Director General of ESO.

The Managing Directors are Andreas Reuter (Heidelberg University) and Wilfried Juling (KIT).

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