Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel

The purpose of the Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panels is to provide a link between 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 Life Sciences and Soft Materials 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 its views are canvassed and there is an appropriate and effective route for communication with STFC on strategic programmatic issues
  • provide advice to 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 Kate Lancaster, University of York (chair)
  • Professor Peter Hatton, Durham University (deputy chair)
  • Dr Lucy Clark, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Brendan Dromey, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Gianluca Gregori, University of Oxford
  • Dr Yvonne Grunder, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Rhodri Jervis, University College London
  • Dr Cameron Kewish, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Dr Anthony Phillips, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Helen Playford, STFC ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
  • Dr Manfred Schuster, Johnson Matthey PLC
  • Dr Sam Stranks, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Sihai Yang, The University of Manchester

Terms of reference

Advisory Panels terms of reference.


Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel meeting notes.

STFC and UKRI strategies and reviews

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Infrastructure Programme Opportunity report and landscape analysis

UKRI strategy 2022 to 2027

STFC strategic delivery plan 2022 to 2025

STFC detectors and instrumentation strategy 2021

STFC light sources vision report 2021 to 2022

STFC strategic framework for future accelerator science and technology development (2022)

STFC Neutron Science and Facilities: an update to the 2017 strategic review (2020)

Last updated: 4 January 2023

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