Science Board

Science Board is our principal scientific advisory committee. It reports directly to Council.

Its purpose is to provide the STFC with a strategic scientific overview and assessment of, and science advice on, all of the programmes STFC supports. It is supported by advisory panels, peer review committees and other advisory committees.

For more information about Science Board, please contact Trish Mullins.

News from Science Board

Committees reporting to Science Board

The Committees reporting to Science Board are:

Core membership

Please click on the links below to view the members’ biographies.

Non-Core Science Board Members

It is recognised that Science Board may sometimes need access to a wider breadth of knowledge and the mechanism for this is through the college of non-core Science Board experts.

The Science Board membership reflects the broad STFC programme and members are required to work collectively as a committee and represent STFC science as a whole. It is recognised that Science Board may sometimes need access to a wider breadth of knowledge and the mechanism for this is through the college of non-core Science Board experts.

The role of non-core members is important in enabling Science Board to deliver its work programme. Non-core members will be called upon for their expertise, to:

  • Participate in Science Board sub-groups comprised of core and non-core members, to undertake specific tasks for a fixed period. It is anticipated that these sub-groups will be set up to assist Science Board in the development of long term strategy and review and monitoring of the STFC programme, as and when required.
  • Attend Science Board to provide specific technical expertise during discussions regarding the peer review and oversight of the STFC programme, as and when required.
  • Undertake other specific duties as required.

Non-Core Science Board Members:

  • Professor Phil Allport - University of Birmingham
  • Professor Richard Battye - The University of Manchester
  • Professor Bob Bingham - STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Professor Katherine Blundell - University of Oxford
  • Professor Daniella Bortoletto - University of Oxford
  • Professor Richard Bower - Durham University
  • Professor Phil Burrows - University of Oxford
  • Professor Jim Clarke - STFC, Daresbury Laboratory
  • Professor Chris Collins - Liverpool John Moores University
  • Professor Christopher Conselice - University of Nottingham
  • Professor Ed Copeland - University of Nottingham
  • Professor Gavin Davies - Imperial College London
  • Professor Antonella De Santo - University of Sussex
  • Professor Christine Done - University of Durham
  • Professor Brian Fulton - University of York
  • Professor Clare Grey - University of Cambridge
  • Professor Peter Hatton - University of Durham
  • Professor Valentin Khoze - Durham University
  • Professor Sue Kilcoyne - University of Huddersfield
  • Professor Mark Lancaster - University College London
  • Professor Mark Lester - University of Leicester
  • Professor Pavel Matousek - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Professor Thomas Meagher - University of St Andrews
  • Professor Mike Merrifield - University of Nottingham
  • Professor Simon Morris - Durham University
  • Professor Seb Oliver - University of Sussex
  • Professor Maddy Parsons - King’s College London
  • Professor Patrick Regan - University of Surrey
  • Professor Phil Salmon - University of Bath
  • Professor Mike Seymour - University of Manchester
  • Professor Mark Thomson - University of Cambridge
  • Professor Christos Touramanis - University of Liverpool

Dates

Science Board Meeting Statement of Interest Deadline
2017  
20 – 21 February 2017 30 January 2017
3 – 4 April 2017 13 March 2017
29 – 30 June 2017 5 June 2017
9 – 10 October 2017 18 September 2017
18 – 19 December 2017 27 November 2017
Science Board Meeting Statement of Interest Deadline
2018  
27 – 28 February 2018 5 February 2018
1 – 2 May 2018 9 April 2018
20 – 21 June 2018 29 May 2018
25 – 26 October 2018 1 October 2018
12 – 13 December 2018 19 November 2018

Terms of reference

To provide the Science and Technology Facilities Council with a strategic scientific overview and assessment of, and science advice on, all of the programmes STFC supports.

The Science Board:

  • Formulates and updates long term science and technology strategies for STFC. This includes identifying and prioritising scientific opportunities and understanding the technological and resource needs;
     
  • Reviews STFC science and technology programmes and investments, assessing their recent and predicted scientific productivity against agreed and publicised criteria;
     
  • Consults with the appropriate communities via its advisory panels to ensure the science and technology strategies remain the most viable for the UK;
     
  • Agrees and recommends a detailed STFC scientific investment plan against a budget set by the Council using published criteria and taking into account the agreed programme priorities, the long term science strategy and strategic reviews of STFC’s programmes;
     
  • Provides advice to Council on criteria for selecting projects and areas of science based on their scientific quality alongside other impacts, including economic impact and societal impact (outreach);
     
  • Provides strategic scientific advice, as required, on STFC’s non-scientific programmes, including STFC’s campuses and innovation programmes;
     
  • Provides strategic scientific advice, as required, on the programmes of the UK Space Agency (UKSA) as part of the ‘dual key’ arrangements;
     
  • Monitors and reviews the operations of, and provides strategic advice and guidance to, peer-review panels.

Science Board may form expert sub-groups and delegate tasks when it is appropriate to do so. It is recognised that Science Board may require access to a wider breadth of knowledge and the mechanism for this is through a college of ‘non-core’ Science Board experts.

Science Board provides independent advice to Council, making recommendations on scientific strategy. In this context it may engage in external reviews. However, any such engagement must have due regard to the impact on STFC, and Council should be consulted as to the nature of the external engagement and approval obtained from the Chair of Council as appropriate.

Science Board will ensure that its business is conducted in accordance with the STFC Ethics Policy, and have regard to any ethical principles set by the ethics committee and endorsed by Council.

The above terms of reference will be reviewed annually.

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