HITS carries out innovative, basic research in an interdisciplinary setting. Our aim is to become international leaders in our areas of research. Quality trumps quantity and new ideas are fostered.

We consider scientific freedom, without the pressure to follow short-lived trends, along with first-class support for young researchers, to be of the utmost importance. We recognize that successful cooperation between researchers from different subject areas is based on disciplinary excellence. Our ambition to achieve scientific excellence and interdisciplinary cooperation will time and again pose challenges that will require our concerted attention and effort. The unique working environment, infrastructure and organization of HITS supports us towards our scientific goals. 

Integrity and sustainability, societal responsibility in dialogue with the general public, an international outlook, mutual respect, family-friendliness, and diversity – these are the foundations on which HITS is built.

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