Neutron and Muon Science and Facilities Strategic Review published
Providing access to facilities for neutron and muon-enabled scientific research for UK academics and industry is an important element of the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) activities.
In response to concerns expressed by the UK’s user communities that the neutron capacity across Europe was likely to significantly decline in the short to medium term, STFC commissioned an advisory panel to carry out a strategic review to assess the science needs and how current and future priorities can best be met. Input was sought from the user community over the last 18 months (Neutron Strategy community input).
STFC welcomes the panel’s findings set out in its report Neutron & Muon Science and Facilities - A Strategic Review and Future Vision (PDF - 1936 KB). The conclusion that the UK is a world leader in many areas of neutron and muon science and that action needs to be taken to secure this position into the next decade is acknowledged as an important factor in future decisions. In particular, the panel’s view of the major role that these science areas can play in supporting many of the pillars of the UK’s new industrial strategy is persuasive.
The panel’s recommendations will be considered by STFC as it works with its partner Research Councils, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the facilities and the user communities to develop a strategy for future neutron and muon access for UK researchers.