Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel

The purpose of the facility advisory panels is to provide a link between the Science Board and the community, and represent the needs of the community to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). There are two advisory panels in the facilities area, the other being the Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel.

The remit of the panel is to:

  • maintain an overview of activities within their research area as relevant to STFC, in particular, but not exclusively, relating to facility provision, both UK and international
  • consult and interact with the community to ensure that its views are canvassed, and that there is an appropriate and effective route for communication with STFC on strategic programmatic issues
  • provide advice to the Science Board on specific questions as requested
  • liaise with other advisory panels when appropriate.

The remit of the panel includes technology development, theory, high performance computing and data curation issues within its area.

Panel members

  • Dr Susan Quinn, University College Dublin (Chair)
  • Dr Philip Ash, University of Leicester
  • Dr Robert Barker, University of Kent
  • Professor Boyan Bonev, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Nick Brooks, Imperial College London
  • Dr Lorna Dougan, University of Leeds
  • Dr Katharine Edkins, University of Manchester
  • Dr Rachel Evans, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Victoria Garcia Sakai, STFC ISIS
  • Dr Judith Houston, European Spallation Source
  • Professor Neil Hunt, University of York
  • Professor Andreas Schaefer, Francis Crick Institute
  • Professor Paul Verkade, University of Bristol
  • Dr Thomas Waigh, University of Manchester

Terms of reference

Read the advisory panels terms of reference 2016.

Meeting minutes

See the minutes of panel meetings from 2018.

STFC and UKRI strategies and reviews


The Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel has been established to provide a link between the user community and STFC. If there is anything you wish to bring to the attention of the panel, please contact the chair.

Susan Quinn, University College Dublin


Last updated: 31 March 2022

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