The Science and Technology Facilities Council has been formed from the merger of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils [CCLRC] and the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council [PPARC]. The Council’s remit will cover all the programmes, activities and facilities previously operated by CCLRC and PPARC, plus responsibility for research in nuclear physics which has been transferred from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EPSRC].
Commenting on the new council Professor Keith Mason, Chief Executive Officer said, “My ambition for the new Council is to shape a future in which the science we support, the facilities we operate, the technologies we develop, and the way we interact with industry and run our business are envied both nationally and internationally.
CCLRC and PPARC both had significant achievements and a reputation for world-class research, but we can do more. We have a huge opportunity to develop a really coherent strategy for ‘big science’, to increase our influence in international organisations and make a step change in the exploitation of the resulting technology.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council has the chance to make a real difference to the competitive performance of the UK science and engineering base, and to the UK economy”.
The Council has a wide ranging science portfolio including astronomy, particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics, space science, synchrotron radiation, neutron sources and high power lasers. In addition the Council operates three internationally renowned laboratories: The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire; The Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire; and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh.
The Rutherford Appleton and Daresbury facilities are located on the Harwell and Daresbury Science and Innovation Campuses respectively, enabling neighbouring industrial and public sector businesses to develop and commercialise innovative technologies developed at each of the laboratories.
1.The Science and Technology Facilities Council will have a budget circa £500M.
2.The Council’s website is at http://www.scitech.ac.uk3.The Council has in excess of 2000 staff across seven sites:
Science and Technology Facilities Council
The Science and Technology Facilities Council ensures the UK retains its leading place on the world stage by delivering world-class science; accessing and hosting international facilities; developing innovative technologies; and increasing the socio-economic impact of its research through effective knowledge-exchange partnerships.
The Council has a broad science portfolio including Astronomy, Particle Physics, Particle Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Space Science, Synchrotron Radiation, Neutron Sources and High Power Lasers. In addition the Council will manage and operate three internationally renowned laboratories:- The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire
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