Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel

The purpose of the Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel (PAAP) is to provide a link between Science Board and the particle astrophysics community, and represent the needs of the community to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The remit of the panel includes technology development, theory, high performance computing and data curation issues within its area.


  • Sergey Burdin (Chair), University of Liverpool
  • Laura Nuttall, University of Portsmouth
  • Ed Daw, The University of Sheffield
  • Blake Sherwin, University of Cambridge
  • Teppei Katori, Kings College London
  • Garret Cotter, University of Oxford
  • Djuna Croon, University of Durham


Read the roadmap for UK particle astrophysics 2022.

Balance of programmes

Three years have passed since the last programmatic review, and as part of the STFC review cycle it is important to assess how the scientific landscape has changed in this time, if the funded programme is sustainable and to assess the impact of expected future budget allocations. Therefore, STFC is currently engaged in an exercise to examine the balance between the different areas of STFC’s particle physics, nuclear physics, particle astrophysics and astronomy programmes. The review will also consider the accelerator and computing programmes to support the scientific programmes.

Terms of reference

The advisory panel is tasked to:

  • maintain an overview of activities within the area
  • develop and maintain a science vision and long term strategy and roadmap by assessing the merit of current and future science opportunities
  • develop and maintain a technology roadmap for their area of research
  • 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
  • include in its remit technology development, theory, high performance computing and data curation issues.

Read the full terms of reference.


Sergey Burdin (Chair of PAAP)


Jamie Parkin, Head of Nuclear Physics and Particle Astrophysics


Melanie Kidd


Last updated: 22 June 2023

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