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Technology and Accelerator Advisory Board

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) aims to support world-class research, innovation and skills in the areas of particle physics, astronomy, nuclear physics, and space science, underpinned by world leading capabilities in technology and computing infrastructure. To support the delivery of STFC’s objectives, a number of Advisory Boards of Council have been established.

The Technology and Accelerator Advisory Board (TAAB)  is a new Board reporting directly to STFC’s Council charged with providing strategic advice on STFC’s funding and support for underpinning technologies, such as detectors and instrumentation, specialist engineering, optics, e-infrastructure, accelerator science and technology, and the connection to innovation and industry.


  • Professor Jon Butterworth, University College London (Co-Chair)
  • Professor Mike Dunne, Stanford University (Co-Chair)
  • Professor Andy Wolski, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Anne Trefethen, University of Oxford
  • Dr Bruno Leone, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Dr Christopher Thornton, University College London
  • Professor Daniela Bortoletto, University of Oxford
  • Dr David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Lia Merminga, Fermilab
  • Professor Paul Collier, The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Professor Paula Chadwick, University of Durham
  • Dr Richard Sharp, Radtest Ltd
  • Professor Val O’Shea, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, University of Huddersfield

Terms of Reference

The Technology and Accelerator Board will:

  • Advise STFC on the development and maintenance of long term technology and accelerator strategies.  This includes identifying and prioritising opportunities for its technology and accelerator programmes;
  • Provide advice on underpinning technology and accelerator development to support large scale facilities;
  • Consult with the appropriate communities via STFC’s advisory panels to ensure the technology and accelerator strategies remain the most viable for the UK;
  • 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;
  • Identify areas of missing capacity or capability;
  • Advise on prioritisation within STFC’s technology and accelerator programme, through the STFC programme evaluation process or specific ad-hoc reviews, as required;
  • Identify potential avenues for the exploitation of technology developed as part of STFC’s programme.

The Technology and Accelerator Advisory Board may form expert sub-groups and delegate tasks when it is appropriate to do so. It is recognised that the Board may require access to a wider breadth of knowledge and the mechanism for this is through a college of ‘non-core’ Board experts which will also be appointed.

The Technology and Accelerator Advisory 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 STFC Ethics Committee and endorsed by Council.

The above terms of reference will be reviewed annually.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Newport.


Last updated: 25 August 2021


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