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Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel

The purpose of the Facility Advisory Panels is to provide a link between Science Board and the community, and represent the needs of the community to 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 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.

The remit of the panel includes technology development, theory, high performance computing and data curation issues within its area.

Panel members

  • Chair: Prof Steve Meech – University of East Anglia
  • Dr David Barlow – Kings College London
  • Dr David Bhella – University of Glasgow
  • Prof Liz Carpenter - University of Oxford
  • Professor Vilmos Fulop – University of Warwick
  • Professor Peter Moody – University of Leicester
  • Dr Oleksandr Mykhaylyk – University of Sheffield
  • Professor Richard Pickersgill – QMUL
  • Professor Susan Quinn – University College Dublin
  • Dr Ann Terry – Lund University
  • Prof Paul Verkade - University of Bristol
  • Dr Graeme Whyte - Heriot-Watt University

Call for nominations

STFC is looking to recruit panel members for the Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel. There are up to four vacancies. The term of membership would be for three years commencing 1 September 2019. There is a minimum of one panel meeting each year.

Nominations are encouraged from members of the life sciences and soft materials community who can demonstrate the following:

  • Familiarity with STFC’s national and international facilities (CLF, Diamond Light Source, ELI, ESRF, ESS, ILL, ISIS, XFEL) in the context of the life sciences and soft materials subject area
  • Ideally a user of more than one facility and capable of maintaining a broad vision across all STFC facilities
  • The ability to think strategically about long-term facility needs.

Nominees can be:

  • From either academia or industry
  • From any career stage, including early career
  • From across the life sciences and soft materials community, but we are particularly keen to recruit representatives in the area of neutron research.

Information about how to nominate yourself or others is available here

Terms of Reference


STFC Strategies and Reviews

Last updated: 11 March 2019


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