As of January 2019, Sebastian Lerch, member of the Computational Statistics group (CST) at HITS and a mathematician by training, is associate member of the editorial board of Monthly Weather Review, a leading atmospheric science journal published by the American Meteorological Society. “Sebastian completed his PhD just two years ago”, says CST group leader Tilmann Gneiting. “This reflects the success of our efforts to create a supportive, interdisciplinary research environment for early career scientists at HITS”.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and 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. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.