Professor Carsten P Welsch

STFC Council member

Carsten P Welsch is a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Council.

Carsten is Professor of Physics and Head of Department at the University of Liverpool.

He is also:

  • the Head of Liverpool’s Accelerator Science cluster based at the Cockcroft Institute
  • Director of two STFC Centres for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, LIV.DAT and LIV.INNO
  • Coordinator of the pan-European EuPRAXIA Doctoral Network

Professor Welsch studied physics and economics at UC Berkeley (US) and at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) where he completed his PhD in 2002.

Following postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg and at CERN, he established his pan-European QUASAR Group in 2007.

He was appointed as Reader at the University of Liverpool in 2008, promoted to Full Professor of Physics in 2011 and became Head of the Physics Department in 2016. Under his leadership, Liverpool Physics became one of the UK’s top physics departments, ranked joint 3rd in REF2021 for their overall activities that are either internationally excellent or world leading.

Professor Welsch is specialised in the design and optimisation of particle accelerators and light sources with a focus on the development of underpinning technologies, in particular beam diagnostics techniques and data science.

His research includes studies into high energy colliders, antimatter research, medical applications, as well as investigations into novel high gradient accelerators.

He has been a partner in numerous national and international research projects, and the coordinator of 10 EU projects, including a large number of multinational research networks.

He has been a member of numerous international advisory and programme committees and is a frequent speaker at international workshops and conferences.

Last updated: 1 September 2023

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