Technology and Accelerator Advisory Board

The Technology and Accelerator Advisory Board (TAAB) reports directly to the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Council.

TAAB is charged with providing strategic advice on STFC’s funding and support for underpinning technologies, such as detectors and instrumentation, specialist engineering, optics, e-infrastructure, accelerator science and technology, and the connection to innovation and industry.


  • Professor Jon Butterworth, University College London (Co-Chair)
  • Professor Mike Dunne, Stanford University (Co-Chair)
  • Professor Andy Wolski, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Bruno Leone, European Space Agency
  • Professor Daniela Bortoletto, University of Oxford
  • Professor Kenneth Long, Imperial College London and STFC
  • Professor Lia Merminga, Fermilab
  • Professor Paula Chadwick, University of Durham
  • Dr Richard Sharp, Radtest Ltd
  • Dr Rhodri Jones, European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Stephanie Eden, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Dr Will Buttinger, STFC
  • Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, University of Huddersfield

Terms of reference

The TAAB will:

  • advise STFC on the development and evolution of long-term technology and accelerator strategies. This includes identifying and prioritising opportunities for its technology and accelerator programmes
  • provide advice on underpinning technology and accelerator development to support large-scale facilities
  • consult with the appropriate communities both directly and via interaction with STFC other advisory bodies to ensure the technology and accelerator strategies remain the most viable for the UK
  • consider possible new areas of activity, new collaborations, and partnerships, giving advice on their strategic importance and the level of resources required to deliver them
  • identify areas of missing capacity or capability
  • advise on prioritisation within STFC’s technology and accelerator programme, as required
  • identify potential avenues for the exploitation of technology developed as part of STFC’s programme

The TAAB may form expert sub-groups, delegate tasks, and draw upon advice from other parts of STFC advisory bodies, when appropriate to do so.

The TAAB will ensure that its business is conducted in accordance with STFC’s ethics policy, and have regard to any ethical principles set by the STFC Ethics Committee and endorsed by STFC Council.

The terms of reference will be reviewed annually.


30 March 2023

7 June 2023

27 and 28 September 2023

8 and 9 November 2023


Rebecca Lee


Last updated: 12 January 2023

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