Science Board

Science Board is our principal scientific advisory committee. It reports directly to Council.

Its purpose is to provide the STFC with a strategic scientific overview and assessment of, and science advice on, all of the programmes STFC supports. It is supported by advisory panels, peer review committees and other advisory committees.

News from Science Board

Committees reporting to Science Board

The Committees reporting to Science Board are:

Core membership

Please click on the links below to view the members’ biographies.

Non-Core Science Board Members

It is recognised that Science Board may sometimes need access to a wider breadth of knowledge and the mechanism for this is through the college of non-core Science Board experts.


Science Board Meeting Statement of Interest Deadline
26 – 27 February 2015 9 February 2015
29 – 30 April 2015 13 April 2015
15 – 16 July 2015 29 June 2015
22 – 23 October 2015 5 October 2015
15 – 16 December 2015 30 November 2015

Terms of reference


To provide the Science and Technology Facilities Council with a strategic scientific overview and assessment of, and science advice on, all of the programmes STFC supports.

The Science Board:

  • Formulates and updates long term science and technology strategies for STFC. This includes identifying and prioritising scientific opportunities and understanding the technological and resource needs.

  • Reviews STFC science and technology programmes and investments, assessing their recent and predicted scientific productivity against agreed and publicised criteria.

  • Consults with the appropriate communities via its reporting panels and bodies to ensure the science and technology strategies remain the most viable for the UK.

  • Agrees and recommends a detailed STFC scientific investment plan against a budget set by the Council using published criteria and taking into account the agreed programme priorities, the long term science strategy and the programmatic review.

  • Provides advice to Council on criteria for selecting projects and areas of science based on their scientific quality alongside other impacts, including economic impact and societal impact (outreach).The Science Board works closely with the Economic Impact Advisory Board and Education, Communications & Outreach Advisory Board to achieve this and the chairs of each will be invited to attend Science Board discussions where appropriate in an advisory capacity.

  • Provides Council, the Economic Impact Advisory Board, the Education, Communications and Outreach Advisory Board and the STFC Executive with strategic scientific advice on STFC’s non-scientific programmes, including impact programmes such as the Science and Innovation Campuses and Innovations programmes.

  • Monitors and reviews the operations of, and provides strategic advice and guidance to, the peer-review panels.

  • Forms expert sub-groups and delegates tasks when appropriate to do so.

  • Reports through the Chairman to Council.

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