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.

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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
  • Dr David Barlow - King's College London
  • Dr Paul Beasley - Siemens Technology and Concepts
  • Professor Bob Bingham, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Professor Katherine Blundell – University of Oxford
  • Professor Leo Brady - University of Bristol
  • Professor David Britton - University of Glasgow
  • Professor Jim Clarke, Daresbury Laboratory
  • Professor Chris Collins, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Professor Bill David, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Professor Christine Davies, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Francesca Di Lodovico - Queen Mary, University of London
  • Professor Christine Done - University of Durham
  • Professor Brian Fulton - University of York
  • Professor Valerie Gibson - University of Cambridge
  • Professor Peter Hatton - University of Durham
  • Professor Christopher Hawes - Oxford Brookes University
  • Professor Melvin Hoare - University of Leeds
  • Professor Alan Hood - University of St Andrews
  • Professor David Ireland - University of Glasgow
  • Professor Peter Jones - University of Birmingham
  • 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 Mike Merrifield - University of Nottingham
  • Professor Simon Morris - University of Durham
  • Dr Alex Murphy - University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Seb Oliver, University of Sussex
  • Professor Andy Parker - University of Cambridge
  • Dr Zsolt Podolyak - University of Surrey
  • Professor Phil Salmon - University of Bath
  • Professor Mike Seymour, University of Manchester
  • Professor Dave Sherman - University of Bristol
  • Professor Alberto Vecchio - University of Birmingham
  • Professor Robertus Von Fay-Siebenburgen - University of Sheffield
  • Professor Gillian Wright - UK Astronomy Technology Centre
  • Professor Matt Zepf - Queen's University Belfast


Science Board Meeting Statement of Interest Deadline
26 – 27 February 2015 9 February 2015
29 – 30 April 2015 13 April 2015
15 – 16 July 2015 29 June 2015
22 – 23 October 2015 5 October 2015
15 – 16 December 2015 30 November 2015

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 reporting panels and bodies 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 the programmatic review.
  • 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).The Science Board works closely with the Economic Impact Advisory Board and Education, Communications & Outreach Advisory Board to achieve this and the chairs of each will be invited to attend Science Board discussions where appropriate in an advisory capacity.
  • Provides Council, the Economic Impact Advisory Board, the Education, Communications and Outreach Advisory Board and the STFC Executive with strategic scientific advice on STFC’s non-scientific programmes, including impact programmes such as the Science and Innovation Campuses and Innovations programmes.
  • Monitors and reviews the operations of, and provides strategic advice and guidance to, the peer-review panels.
  • Forms expert sub-groups and delegates tasks when appropriate to do so.
  • Reports through the Chairman to Council.

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