Science Board

Science Board is our principal scientific advisory committee. It reports directly to Council.

Its purpose is to provide the STFC with a strategic scientific overview and assessment of, and science advice on, all of the programmes STFC supports. It is supported by advisory panels, peer review committees and other advisory committees.

For more information about Science Board, please contact Trish Mullins.

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Committees reporting to Science Board

The Committees reporting to Science Board are:

Core membership

Please click on the links below to view the members’ biographies.

Non-Core Science Board Members

It is recognised that Science Board may sometimes need access to a wider breadth of knowledge and the mechanism for this is through the college of non-core Science Board experts.

The Science Board membership reflects the broad STFC programme and members are required to work collectively as a committee and represent STFC science as a whole. It is recognised that Science Board may sometimes need access to a wider breadth of knowledge and the mechanism for this is through the college of non-core Science Board experts.

The role of non-core members is important in enabling Science Board to deliver its work programme. Non-core members will be called upon for their expertise, to:

  • Participate in Science Board sub-groups comprised of core and non-core members, to undertake specific tasks for a fixed period. It is anticipated that these sub-groups will be set up to assist Science Board in the development of long term strategy and review and monitoring of the STFC programme, as and when required.
  • Attend Science Board to provide specific technical expertise during discussions regarding the peer review and oversight of the STFC programme, as and when required.
  • Undertake other specific duties as required.

Non-Core Science Board Members:

  • Professor Henrique Araujo - Imperial College London
  • Professor Richard Battye - The University of Manchester
  • Professor Richard Bower - Durham University
  • Professor Ed Copeland - University of Nottingham
  • Professor Antonella De Santo - University of Sussex
  • Professor Brian Fulton - University of York
  • Professor Jerome Gauntlet - Imperial College London
  • Professor Clare Grey - University of Cambridge
  • Professor David Jenkins - University of York
  • Professor Simon Morris - Durham University
  • Professor David Newbold - University of Bristol
  • Professor Maddy Parsons - King’s College London
  • Professor Apostolos Pilaftsis - University of Manchester
  • Professor Patrick Regan - University of Surrey

Dates

Science Board meeting Statement of Interest deadline
2018  
12 – 13 December 2018 19 November 2018
2019  
18 – 19 February 2019 28 January 2019
8 – 9 April 2019 18 March 2019
26 – 27 June 2019 3 June 2019
24 – 25 October 2019 30 September 2019
16 – 17 December 2019 25 November 2019

Terms of reference

To provide the Science and Technology Facilities Council with a strategic scientific overview and assessment of, and science advice on, all of the programmes STFC supports.

The Science Board:

  • Formulates and updates long term science and technology strategies for STFC. This includes identifying and prioritising scientific opportunities and understanding the technological and resource needs;
     
  • Reviews STFC science and technology programmes and investments, assessing their recent and predicted scientific productivity against agreed and publicised criteria;
     
  • Consults with the appropriate communities via its advisory panels to ensure the science and technology strategies remain the most viable for the UK;
     
  • Agrees and recommends a detailed STFC scientific investment plan against a budget set by the Council using published criteria and taking into account the agreed programme priorities, the long term science strategy and strategic reviews of STFC’s programmes;
     
  • Provides advice to Council on criteria for selecting projects and areas of science based on their scientific quality alongside other impacts, including economic impact and societal impact (outreach);
     
  • Provides strategic scientific advice, as required, on STFC’s non-scientific programmes, including STFC’s campuses and innovation programmes;
     
  • Provides strategic scientific advice, as required, on the programmes of the UK Space Agency (UKSA) as part of the ‘dual key’ arrangements;
     
  • Monitors and reviews the operations of, and provides strategic advice and guidance to, peer-review panels.

Science Board may form expert sub-groups and delegate tasks when it is appropriate to do so. It is recognised that Science Board may require access to a wider breadth of knowledge and the mechanism for this is through a college of ‘non-core’ Science Board experts.

Science Board provides independent advice to Council, making recommendations on scientific strategy. In this context it may engage in external reviews. However, any such engagement must have due regard to the impact on STFC, and Council should be consulted as to the nature of the external engagement and approval obtained from the Chair of Council as appropriate.

Science Board will ensure that its business is conducted in accordance with the STFC Ethics Policy, and have regard to any ethical principles set by the ethics committee and endorsed by Council.

The above terms of reference will be reviewed annually.

Last updated: 10 December 2018

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