Impact evaluations

The impact of STFC research and technology can impact our lives in many different ways. Just as there are many impacts at different levels of society, there are many different ways to report this impact.

This includes individual case studies on specific impact examples studies of particular subject areas and facility types, reports on underpinning fundamental technology and studies which investigate the impact to entire industry sectors or the UK economy.

The following studies and reports illustrate this range of impacts and have been carried out either by or in collaboration with key stakeholders.

Lasers in our lives: 50 years of impact

Find out about the significant social and economic impact lasers have had on our lives, as this brochure celebrates 50 years of their impact. Published in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in 2010.

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E-ELT Impact

How the world’s largest infrared and optical telescope will benefit the UK by the UK E-ELT team including staff from the STFC’s Astronomy Technology Centre and UK Universities.

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Beyond the Stars Why Astronomy Matters

This RAS booklet explores how astronomy impacts our society, and highlights some of the areas where UK talent is leading the field in pushing back the boundaries of our understanding of the universe. From detecting counterfeit goods to saving lives, the booklet explains how technology developed for astronomy has shaped our world.

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Benefits of Research Infrastructures beyond Science
The Example of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

Illustrates the predicted non astronomy impacts of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.

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The economic impact of the Research Councils

A series of Economic Impact Studies, undertaken by PA Consulting and SQW. The STFC relevant case studies are in part 2, (Protein Crystallography at the SRS, Lasers for Science Facility, Studentships and Detectors research and its use for medical imaging).

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