Research Leadership

Amongst STFC’s staff, and the academics we support in universities, are many individuals considered to be world-leaders in their respective fields. Around 100 staff members hold honorary academic positions and joint appointments with universities or companies, both within the UK and internationally.

Some 250 staff received significant awards or recognition in 2011/12, such as research prizes, representation on international scientific committees and membership of journal editorial boards. Examples are given below.

Collaborative project celebrates over 30 years of excellence

A project located at the Research Complex at Harwell, supported by BBSRC and MRC, and coordinated by STFC’s Scientific Computing department, has been recognised for its importance as a resource worldwide and for its exemplary team ethos.

The prestigious award from the Royal Society of Chemistry acknowledged the achievement of the project, established over 30 years ago to support a world-leading suite of software programs for the analysis of X-ray crystallography and other biophysical techniques.

Leadership of the SKA project

The UK is taking a pivotal role in the leadership, organisation and management, as well as in the technical and scientific challenges, of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. The SKA is an international project to design and build the world’s largest radio telescope, and STFC coordinated the UK’s successful bid to lead the SKA Organisation and has now established its headquarters in Manchester.

The UK headquarters, established in December 2011, will formalise the relationships between the partners and centralise the leadership of the project.

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