Daresbury Laboratory

Our Daresbury Laboratory is renowned for its world leading scientific research in fields such as accelerator science, bio-medicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science.

We employ around 300 staff, and our facilities are used by scientists and engineers, from both the university research community and industrial research base.

The Laboratory is part of Sci-Tech Daresbury, one of two national science and innovation campuses, which supports scientists, researchers and industry by providing a collaborative and innovative environment to perform cutting-edge research.

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Key facts

Daresbury Laboratory is a hub for pioneering scientific research. Its key activities include:

  • Particle accelerator research and development programme focusing on accelerator science and technology development. Daresbury Laboratory is home to the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) and the Cockcroft Institute. Activities in the centre include a research and development prototype for future particle accelerators, ALICE (Accelerators and Lasers in Combined Experiments) that offers the prospects of new cancer treatments and the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science - which houses teams of scientists from STFC and the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster carrying out research in accelerator science with applications across a range of disciplines
  • The Hartree Centre - uses High Performance Computing to undertake scientific research in fields such as engineering and medicine, and assists companies with research and development of new products
  • The Scientific Computing Department provides academia and industry with large-scale high performance computing (HPC) facilities and modelling software, as well as computing data services and infrastructure.  The Department includes world-leading experts in computational chemistry, computational engineering, software engineering, petascale storage and many other disciplines.  The Department provides stewardship to a number of CCP and HEC consortia by leading the development of a number of computational modelling projects.
  • STFC’s healthcare, innovation-focused Medical Technology Exchange Centre (MedTEC) - bringing together expertise from STFC, the NHS and other related fields
  • Engineering Technology Centre – providing integrated engineering solutions for STFC programmes and facilities, campus tenants and other stakeholders
  • STFC’s Nuclear Physics programme
  • Detector Systems Group - provides world class instrumentation and detector systems in support of the STFC programme
  • The Innovations Technology Access Centre – offering entrepreneurs and businesses flexible and affordable access to £3m of scientific equipment in fully-equipped biological, imaging, materials and physical science laboratories for research and development
  • SuperSTEM and SuperSTEM2 - some of the world’s highest resolution electron microscopes

Daresbury Laboratory has an active outreach programme which informs people of all ages about how science impacts their everyday lives and inspires the next generation of researchers.

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