2017 Accelerator Strategic Review

STFC is currently undertaking a strategic review of its Accelerator Programme. Accelerator science is integral to STFC’s mission, and serves to underpin the organisation’s functions. A strategic approach is required to ensure that the UK maintains its international position in accelerator science, and to position it to take timely decisions and influence investment both in the UK and internationally. The 2017 Accelerator Strategic Review aims to provide an understanding of where future investment and resource should be targeted, taking into account the enabling technologies and synergies.

Introduction

Accelerator science is a core component of the STFC programme underpinning much of what the organisation does. The 2012/2013 STFC Programmatic Review recognised that accelerator-based facilities are crucial to delivering large parts of the STFC core science programme, and also serve a range of research activities including chemistry, biology, materials science and engineering that are funded by other Research Councils, Wellcome Trust, and industry. The UK accelerator landscape will continue to evolve rapidly over the next decade and it is important that the UK programme develops in an appropriate manner in response to changing national and international priorities. The Review recommended that Science Board, in conjunction with the Accelerator Strategy Board, develop and maintain a science-driven strategy for accelerator-based science, technology and facilities.

The Programmatic Review further recommended that a focused review of the current accelerator portfolio be conducted to assist in the development of a strategy. The Accelerator Review Report was published in 2014. This provided an overview of the breadth and scope of the accelerator programme, highlighting areas of expertise and strength as well as areas of need.

In October 2015, Executive Board considered STFC’s priorities in the following areas of accelerator science:

  • Neutron sources
  • Light sources
  • Frontier Machines
  • Novel Accelerators
  • Cross-cutting themes

Statements agreed by EB regarding priorities for the Accelerator Programme will inform strategy development.

The 2016 review of the accelerator institutes will also inform the strategy development.

Terms of Reference

To develop a strategy for STFC accelerator science that:

Provides a vision for the development of accelerator science over the next 15 - 20 years taking into account financial scenarios;

Identifies the highest priorities for accelerator science in each of the following themes as well as the overall priorities:

  • Neutron sources
  • Light sources
  • Frontier Machines
  • Novel Accelerators
  • Cross-cutting themes;

Outlines the high-level actions needed to deliver these priorities, taking into account financial scenarios;

The strategy development should consider:

  • The current STFC accelerator science programme, including strengths and weaknesses
     
  • The future opportunities for accelerator science, both in the UK and internationally
     
  • STFC, national and international priorities relevant to accelerator science and the relative priorities of the five themes including a steer on the financial investment needed
     
  • Where STFC should take an international leadership role, or conversely areas where minimal or no involvement would be appropriate
     
  • What underpinning technologies are required to deliver the high priority facilities, where there are any gaps and how these should be addressed
     
  • How commercial opportunities arising from accelerator R&D can be maximised
     
  • How STFC’s relationships with other organisations impact on the accelerator science programme and where there are opportunities to develop or create new partnerships to benefit the programme.

Input for the strategy will include the 2014 Accelerator Review Report, the strategic guidance from Executive Board, the STFC Corporate Strategy, the 2016 Accelerator Institute Reviews, the 2016 FEL strategic review, and national and international strategy documents.

Review Panel membership
  • Stewart Boogert (ASB, JAI, Royal Holloway, University of London) Chair
  • Ralph Assmann (DESY)
  • Mei Bai (GSI)
  • Hans Braun (SwissFEL)
  • Håkan Danared (ESS)
  • Rory Duncan (SB, Herriot Watt University)
  • Terry Garvey (SwissFEL)
  • Norbert Holtkamp (SLAC)
  • Victor Malka (LOA, France)
  • Victoria Martin (PPRP, University of Edinburgh)
  • Lia Merminga (SLAC)
  • Hugh Montgomery (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facilities)
  • Andy Wolski (ASB, University of Liverpool)
  • Nigel Boulding (FMB Oxford)
  • Phil Kaziewicz (IAB, GI Partners)

Accelerators

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As part of the strategic review process, members of the community have been appointed to coordinate the development of thematic roadmaps, outlining priorities and high-level actions for the Accelerator Programme.

Roadmap themes and coordinators

Neutron Sources
Robert McGreevy (ISIS)
Peter McIntosh (ASTeC)
John Thomason (ASB, ISIS)

Light Sources
Bartolini, Riccardo (ASB, JAI, Diamond)
Brian McNeil (Strathclyde)
Susan Smith (ASTeC)

Frontier and Nuclear Physics Machines
Rob Appleby (CI, Manchester)
Andrew Boston (Liverpool)
Philip Burrows (JAI, Oxford)
Ken Long (Imperial College)
Dan Watts (Edinburgh)

Novel Accelerators
Bernhard Hidding (ASB, CI, Strathclyde)
Zulfikar Najmudin (JAI, Imperial College)
Rajeev Pattathil (CLF)

Industrial, Medical, Defence and Security Applications
John Allen (Elekta)
Anthony Gleeson (ASTeC)
Hywel Owen (ASB, CI, Manchester)
Frank den Van Heuvel (Oxford)

The roadmaps will answer a common set of questions (PDF, 155KB) using a common template (Word, 47KB). To input into the development of the roadmaps, please contact a member of the relevant roadmap coordinator group or email STFC Strategies by 2 August 2017. To provide more general input or comments regarding the 2017 Accelerator Strategic Review please contact Judith Youziel or Victoria Wright by 8 September 2017.

An External Review Panel will synthesise an overarching roadmap based on the thematic roadmaps.

External Review Panel

  • Stewart Boogert (ASB, JAI, Royal Holloway, University of London) Chair
  • Ralph Assmann (DESY)
  • Mei Bai (GSI)
  • Hans Braun (PSI)
  • Håkan Danared (ESS)
  • Rory Duncan (Science Board, Herriot Watt University)
  • Terry Garvey (PSI)
  • Norbert Holtkamp (SLAC)
  • Victor Malka (LOA, France)
  • Victoria Martin (Projects Peer Review Panel, University of Edinburgh)
  • Lia Merminga (SLAC)
  • Hugh Montgomery (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility)
  • Andy Wolski (ASB, University of Liverpool)
  • Nigel Boulding (FMB Oxford)
  • Phil Kaziewicz (Innovation Advisory Board, GI Partners)

The roadmaps developed as part of the 2017 Accelerator Strategic Review process will provide the basis for a vision for the development of accelerator science over the next 15-20 years.

For further information please contact Judith Youziel or Victoria Wright.

2017 STFC accelerator strategic review; Frontier Particle and Nuclear Physics

Community meeting

22 September 2017; 14:00 (for 14:30) — 17:30
Institute of Physics, 80 Portland Place, London

This is a reminder of the town-hall style meeting that will be held at the Institute of Physics, 80 Portland Place, London on the 22nd September 2017. Coffee will be served at 14:00. The meeting will start at 14:30 BST and finish by 17:30 BST.

The meeting has been arranged to allow an open discussion of the “frontier (particle) and nuclear physics” community input to the strategic review of the STFC Accelerator Programme to take place.

The agenda for the meeting foresees short talks to introduce the context of the review and to introduce the various topics being considered under the frontier-(particle)-and-nuclear-physics theme. The emphasis of the meeting will be on discussion.

  • R. Appleby (Manchester)
  • A. Boston (Liverpool)
  • P. Burrows (Oxford/JAI)
  • K. Long (Imperial/STFC)
  • D. Watts (Edinburgh)

Frontier (particle) and nuclear physics theme community meeting;
14:00 (for 14:30) — 17:30

Institute of Physics, 80 Portland Place, London
Agenda
  1. Introduction: K. Long
  2. Frontier (particle) physics:
    • Energy Frontier: P. Burrows
    • Intensity Frontier: R. Appleby
  3. Nuclear physics: A. Boston/D. Watts
  4. Discussion

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