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Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel

The purpose of the Advisory Panel is to provide a link between Science Board and the particle astrophysics community, and represent the needs of the community to STFC. The remit of the panel includes Technology Development, Theory, High Performance Computing and Data Curation issues within its area.


  • Stephen Fairhurst – Cardiff (chair)
  • Sergey Burdin - Liverpool
  • Ed Daw - Sheffield
  • Laura Kormos – Lancaster
  • Jon Lapington – Leicester
  • Chris McCabe - KCL


Following a consultation with the community in 2015 and 2016, the PAAP produced a Roadmap for Particle Astrophysics, this is available below.

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 programme. The review will also consider the accelerator and computing programmes to support the scientific programmes. The PAAP was invited to feed into the Balance of Programmes exercise and their input following community consultation is available below.



For further information on the Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel please contact Jenny Hiscock or Chamkaur Ghag or Ailsa Johnstone.


  • 15 August 2016 Panel Meeting
  • 14 July 2016 Panel Teleconference
  • 20 June 2016 Panel Teleconference
  • 10 May 2016 Panel Teleconference
  • 28 September 2015 Panel Teleconference
  • 1 July 2015 Panel Meeting
  • 19 September 2014 Panel Teleconference
  • 16 May 2014 Panel Teleconference
  • 12 October 2012 Town Meeting

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 /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

The remit of the panel includes Technology Development, Theory, High Performance Computing and Data Curation issues within its area.

The full terms of reference is available for download.

Last updated: 29 August 2019


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