Accelerator Strategy Board

The last ASB meeting took place on the 27 February 2018. The next meeting is due to take place on 13 September 2018, please submit any statements of interest to be considered by George Madden.

This board provides advice to the STFC Science Board and Executive on all aspects of accelerator science and technology.

Mode of operation

  • The Committee will meet as needed but at least twice a year. Each member will be appointed for one year in the first instance with the possibility of renewal
  • The chair of ASB will report on its activities in person to Science Board
  • The board’s written reports will be provided to the Science Board and STFC Executive
  • The STFC Science Programme Office will provide secretarial support and the ASB secretary

Terms of reference

In the context of the national and international activity on accelerator science and technology, the Board will:

  • advise STFC in the development and maintenance of a long-term overall accelerator strategy and on priorities for its accelerator programmes
  • provide regular oversight and review of the existing STFC programme in accelerator science and technology
  • recommend an accelerator investment plan, taking into account the agreed programme priorities, synergies between areas and the long term science strategy
  • 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
  • advise STFC on the potential applications of proposed and current activities in accelerator science and technology
  • consider and advise on training requirements and opportunities to build capacity in key areas
  • provide appropriate inputs to the STFC’s agreed programme priorities through the STFC programmatic review process or undertake other reviews, as required

Organisational Structure

ASB membership




Professor Andy Wolski

Professor Andy Wolski began his career as an accelerator physicist at Daresbury Laboratory in 1998, and spent a number of years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 2006 he has been at the University of Liverpool and the Cockcroft Institute. His research interests lie mainly in charged particle optics and beam dynamics; he has contributed to a variety of projects, including third-generation light sources, free electron lasers and high energy colliders. He has taught at numerous accelerator schools, including the CERN Accelerator School and the US Particle Accelerator School, and has served on a number of organising and programme committees for accelerator workshops and conferences. In 2014, he will complete a three-year term as Chair of the Accelerator Group of the European Physical Society.


Dr Deepa Angal-Kalinin

Dr Deepa Angal-Kalinin began her career as an accelerator physicist at the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology in Indore, India in 1985 as a member of the beam dynamics group responsible for design of Indian Synchrotron Radiation Sources INDUS-1 and INDUS-2.

During her career, she has contributed to a variety of projects, including third-generation light sources, high energy colliders and free electron lasers. Since 2010, she leads the Accelerator Physics Group in the ASTeC department at STFC Daresbury Laboratory and takes keen interest in all the research areas that the group is responsible for, from photocathode research to the design of fourth generation light sources and the design, commissioning and characterisation of accelerator R&D facilities at Daresbury Laboratory.


Dr Ralph Assmann

Dr Ralph Assmann is currently Lead Scientist for Accelerator Research & Development at Deutsches-Elektronen Synchrotron DESY in Germany. As chair-elect of the accelerator group in the European Physical Society he is involved in promoting the accelerator community in Europe. His research interests include beam dynamics and technologies for novel particle accelerators. In particular he is presently interested in establishing new regimes of electron beams (towards atto-second science), in advancing novel accelerators for cost-efficient facilities (e.g. plasma and dielectric accelerators) and in developing ideas for future facilities (free-electron lasers, medical imaging and particle physics colliders).


Dr Stewart Boogert

Dr Stewart Boogert is currently the Deputy Director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, a joint venture between the universities of Oxford, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine and Royal Holloway. His research interests are primarily in the development of state of the art accelerator beam diagnostics, devices used to understand and control high energy, low emittance charged particle beams. It includes cavity beam position monitor systems, laser-electron beam interactions, control systems, beam dynamics and feedback systems.

Another aspect of his research is the upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider, so called High Luminosity LHC. Royal Holloway has developed a Geant4 based code to simulate the seamless passage of particles through an accelerator and into detector and other systems.


Professor Marco Borghesi

Prof. Marco Borghesi is the Director of the Centre for Plasma Physics at the Queen’s University of Belfast, where he has been employed as an academic since 1999. After studies in Italy (Laurea in Physics at Pisa University, and PGDip in Optical Technologies at AILUN, Nuoro), he obtained a PhD in Plasma Physics at Imperial College London in 1998.

His research interests lie in the area of intense laser-plasma interactions, with particular expertise in laser-driven acceleration of ion beams. He has led as PI large, UK-wide EPSRC-funded projects such as LIBRA (Basic Technology, 2007-12) and more recently A-SAIL (Programme Grant, from 2013), aimed to the advancement of laser-ion acceleration towards future medical applications. He has contributed to the development of innovative acceleration schemes, such as Radiation Pressure Acceleration, and pioneered the application of laser-driven proton beams to plasma radiography (which has been used to investigate a broad range of plasma phenomena), and high dose rate radiobiology.

Professor Borghesi is a major user of the Central Laser Facility at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He has been a member of STFC Science Board during 2014-2017 and currently serves on Access Panels for the CLF and LASERLAB Europe. He has held visiting positions in Japan (“Mitsuyuki Abe Chair” at JAEA, 2008-11), and at the ELI Beamlines Institute, Institute of Physics of the Czech Republic (2012-15). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a 2017 recipient of the American Physical Society’s John Dawson Excellence in Plasma Physics Award.


Professor Bernhard Hidding

Professor Bernhard Hidding joined the Strathclyde Physics Department in 2013 and holds the Chair of Experimental Physics at SCAPA, the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators . This facility, a collaboration between various SUPA groups, aims at developing high power laser-plasma accelerator technology towards a number of applications for use in material science, chemistry, biology and medicine. Bernhard’s research concentrates on laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA) and beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration (PWFA) of electrons, and resulting applications such as imaging techniques and advanced light sources. Before coming to Strathclyde, Bernhard was at University of Hamburg/CFEL/DESY, where he still maintains a group which is now closely collaborating with Strathclyde.


Dr Rhodri Jones

Dr. Rhodri Jones is Head of the Beam Instrumentation Group at CERN, responsible for providing accelerator beam diagnostic systems for the entire CERN accelerator complex. He completed a PhD in laser spectroscopy at the University of Wales, Swansea, before moving to CERN to work on innovative accelerator beam instrumentation systems, later becoming responsible for delivering and commissioning the beam position and transverse diagnostic measurement systems for the Large Hadron Collider. He is actively involved in several collaborations with UK based universities and research institutes to develop the necessary beam diagnostics for upgrading existing accelerators and for application to future accelerators. He has taught at numerous accelerator schools, is on the programme committee for the International Beam Instrumentation Conference and is a member of the Institute of Physics.


Dr. Hywel Owen

Dr. Hywel Owen began his professional career at Daresbury Laboratory, working initially on developments and upgrades of the 2 GeV Synchrotron Radiation Source and then working extensively on the DIAMOND project including on the present storage ring design. He then jointly developed the beam dynamics designs of both the operating UK ALICE accelerator and the 4GLS proposal. After carrying out some initial studies for the UK New Light Source FEL Dr. Owen moved on to Manchester University where he has worked on accelerator-driven reactors and on long-life reactor core design. More recently he has worked on FFAGs including EMMA, on beam delivery for proton therapy, on novel methods of radioisotope production, and has developed several novel storage ring concepts for synchrotron radiation. Dr. Owen presently sits on the Institute of Physics Particle Accelerators and Beams committee, the Chartered Physicist Review Panel, the Technical Advisory Group for the UK Proton Therapy Centres, and the National Radioisotope Development Panel; he is also a past editor of EPAC, and a reviewer on a number of scientific journals.


Professor Marc Ross

Professor Marc Ross received his PhD, entitled “A Search for Inclusive Production of Fractionally Charged Particles Produced in Electron - Positron Annihilations At 29-GeV”, from Northwestern University in 1982.

From 1984 until 1996 he worked on most aspects in all regions of SLAC Linear Collider (SLC), including key accelerator physics problems, the technology which constituted SLC, and day-to-day operations. Later, as the accelerator became mature, he was project manager for the automated beam profiling system based on wire scanners. For contributions to this effort he was awarded the US Particle Accelerator School Prize in 1993.

Following SLC, he worked on B-factories and on beam test facilities in support of linear collider studies: Next Linear Collider Test Accelerator (SLAC), Accelerator Test Facility (KEK), and Tesla Test Facility (DESY). At each of these test facilities, he was responsible for major upgrade projects and beam studies that, in turn, made each facility more viable and proved key aspects of the technology.

In 2006, following the creation of the International Linear Collider Global Design Effort (GDE) collaboration, he accepted an offer from Fermilab to head the Technical Division. Marc’s vision for the Technical Division was to develop capability for RF superconductivity.

In March of 2007, Marc was offered the position of Project Manager for the Engineering Design Phase of the ILC Project. His work on a new baseline was the foundation for the ILC design effort until late 2012, when an updated project description was delivered.

In 2013 Marc became Systems Manager for Cryogenic Systems for the SLAC-hosted LCLS-II free-electron laser. He leads the multi-lab team in the construction of 40 cryomodules and associated cryogenic infrastructure. The 4 GeV CW electron linac effort will be complete until the end of 2019.


Dr John Thomason

Dr John Thomason is Accelerator Division Head for the ISIS spallation neutron source, responsible for ISIS accelerator operations and the R&D which will support running optimally and sustainably for the lifetime of the facility. He also coordinates efforts towards the design of potential ISIS accelerator upgrades and more generic high power proton drivers. John is a member of the Chinese Spallation Neutron Source Accelerator Technical Advisory Committee, has acted as a working group coordinator for the Proton Accelerators for Science and Innovation initiative between the UK and Fermilab, and is a member of the Institute of Physics Particle Accelerators and Beams Group Committee.

Last updated: 21 August 2018

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