Press Releases

On these pages you can find all the latest press releases of HITS. We regularly report on personal changes, achievements, events, and of course the latest research news. If you’re a journalist and would like to be notified about our news via e-mail, please contact Peter Saueressig (

Deadline 28 September: Call for “HITS Journalist in Residence” in 2024

14. September 2023

Call for applications: HITS Journalist in Residence program open for science journalists. Applications deadline: 28 September 2023

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The Universal Sound of Black Holes

31. July 2023

They are mysterious, exciting and inescapable – black holes are some of the most exotic objects in the Universe. With gravitational-wave detectors, …

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HITS: Call for “Journalist in Residence” in 2024

20. July 2023

Call for 2024: HITS Journalist in Residence program open for applications. Deadline: 28 September 2023

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A special honor for a splendid scientist

13. July 2023

Former HITS group leader Anna Wienhard received recognition as a “HITS Fellow”, the highest distinction that the institute awards. The award …

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The sacrifice within – how collagen’s weak bonds help protect tissue

3. July 2023

HITS researchers publish new findings on collagen, the most abundant protein in our body: So-called “sacrificial bonds” in collagen break faster …

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ChatGPT and its ilk

20. June 2023

The rise of large language models and why we should care: talk by Anil Ananthaswamy, science journalist (USA/India), HITS Journalist …

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Anil Ananthaswamy named “HITS Journalist in Residence”

16. May 2023

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies gives science journalists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of computer-based, data-driven science with a …

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ERC Advanced Grant for HITS group leader

30. March 2023

Friedrich Röpke, head of the Physics of Stellar Objects group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, has been awarded …

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More than just a game: How long can there be life on Earth?

9. March 2023

Researchers at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) receive 10,000 Euros in the university competition “Our Universe” for developing a board …

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New Scientific Director: Tilmann Gneiting

3. January 2023

As of January 2023, Tilmann Gneiting is the new Scientific Director of HITS. As the position of Scientific Director rotates through the …

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