Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel

The purpose of the facility advisory panels is to provide a link between the STFC science boards 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

  • Professor Rachel Evans (Chair), University of Cambridge
  • Dr Katharina Edkins (Deputy Chair), The University of Manchester
  • Dr Philip Ash, University of Leicester
  • Dr Robert Barker, University of Kent
  • Professor Boyan Bonev, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Owen Davies, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Judith Houston, European Spallation Source
  • Professor Neil Hunt, University of York
  • Professor Georg Mehl, University of Hull
  • Professor Andreas Schaefer, Francis Crick Institute
  • Dr Annette Shrive, Keele University
  • Dr Thomas Waigh, The University of Manchester

Terms of reference

Read the advisory panels terms of reference.

Meeting minutes

See the minutes of panel meetings from 2018.

STFC and UKRI strategies and reviews

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Infrastructure Programme

UKRI strategy 2022 to 2027

STFC strategic delivery plan 2022 to 2025

STFC detectors and instrumentation strategy 2018 to 2021

STFC light sources vision report 2021 to 2022

STFC strategic framework for future accelerator science and technology development (2020)

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


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: 28 February 2024

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