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.
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:
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.
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:
Outlines the high-level actions needed to deliver these priorities, taking into account financial scenarios;
The strategy development should consider:
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.
Academic panel membership:
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.
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.
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.