Heidelberg's tradition of learning and science reaches far back into history: its university is one of the oldest in Europe, with an impressive runtime of over 600 years and counting. Centuries of science and culture have shaped and defined Heidelberg. The pearl of the River Neckar is not only beautiful to look at, but regularly ranks among having the best universities in the world, with esteemed physics, molecular biology, cancer research etc. and a philosophy department where Hegel himself was professor. Mannheim is right next to Heidelberg. It's not as pretty on first glance, but also has a lot to offer. With its beautiful Baroque architecture, its unique quadratic cityscape surrounded by both Neckar and Rhine, its music scene or its famous economics department, Mannheim is well worth a visit.
The ACIT branch in Mannheim/Heidelberg is currently being built up. It will focus on topics from cognitive science, psychology and philosophy while discussing the ethics of science in an age of AI, nuclear weapons, climate change and genetic technology.