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Projects Peer Review Panel

For all new major projects and project technology development projects which have been approved for PPRP review, the panel will provide advice to the STFC Executives and Science Board on the following:

  • the quality of the science and technology involved in the proposal and the stated scientific and technical objectives and consider whether the proposal is likely to achieve those objectives;
  • the science return for investment and how well the project fits with the Council strategy;
  • the likely global and UK scientific impact of the project and at what level it is supported by its relevant scientific community;
  • the timeliness of the project and competition to the project;
  • the scientific, technical, schedule and financial risks and make recommendations for the management of risk;
  • any milestones against which the project should be monitored and raise any possible future issues for the relevant science committee and Oversight Committee;
  • the standing of the groups and collaborators who are involved in the project; including the proponent's track record, the level of UK involvement in the project and the management structure and procedures required to ensure that the stated project goals are achieved;
  • how well the project is connected to industry and the science and society plan for disseminating the project to the public;
  • the staff and capital costs required for R&D and construction to complete the project to the proposed specification and if appropriate provide different project cost scenarios and their implications to the project.

In addition, the PPRP will advise the STFC Executive and the committees, where requested, on the merit of;

  • new technology research projects in particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics and astronomy.
  • upgrades to approved particle physics, particle astrophysics projects, nuclear physics and astronomy.

Membership from January 2020


  • Professor Lars Eklund – University of Glasgow

Deputy Chair

  • Professor Malcolm Bremer - University of Bristol


  • Dr Christopher Townsley (Core) - Self Employed
  • Professor Monica D’Onofrio (Core) - University of Liverpool
  • Professor Nils Andersson (Core) -  - University of Southampton
  • Dr Jon Hays (Core) - QMUL
  • Dr Tzany Kokalova Wheldon (Core) - University of Birmingham
  • Dr Robert Wicks (Core) - UCL, Mullard Space Lab
  • Dr Bjoern Seitz - University of Glasgow
  • Dr Giampaolo Pisano - University of Cardiff
  • Professor Peter Hobson - QMUL
  • Professor Sinead Farrington - University of Edinburgh 
  • Dr Jaap Velthuis - University of Bristol
  • Professor Tim Gershon - University of Warwick
  • Dr Laura Harkness-Brennan - University of Liverpool
  • Dr Stephen Gibson - RHUL
  • Ms Sandi Wilson - UK ATC
  • Professor Simon Hettrick - University of Southampton
  • Dr Deepa Angal-Kalinin - Daresbury
  • Professor Dimitra Rigopoulou - University of Oxford
  • Professor Steven Longmore - LJMU
  • Professor Mario Campanelli - UCL
  • Professor Christopher Conselice - University of Nottingham
  • Professor Michael Garrett - The University of Manchester
  • Dr Robert Appleby - The University of Manchester
  • Dr Antonin Vacheret - Imperial College London
  • Dr Robert Jones - CERN
  • Dr Nicholas Walton - University of Cambridge
  • Dr Paul Scovell - Boulby
  • Dr Melissa Uchida - University of Cambridge



For further information on the Projects Peer Review Panel please contact Christopher Carlton 

Last updated: 10 January 2020


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