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Big science facilities

Harwell Campus and Sci-Tech Daresbury are the location for a phenomenal roster of large-scale and smaller-scale facilities and equipment that can help:

  • Tackle key industrial and technical challenges head-on
  • Deliver critical insights into processes, products and manufacturing techniques
  • Cut days, weeks or months off product development timescales

Flagship STFC-managed facilities on the campus which could be used by industry include:

CLF Lasers in Action
(Credit: STFC)

  • Hartree Centre, providing world-class high performance computing capabilities and home to Blue Joule, the UK’s number one supercomputer dedicated to working with industry (location: Sci-Tech Daresbury)
  • ISIS, whose neutron and muon scattering capabilities enable matter to be analysed and examined down to atomic scale (location: Harwell Campus)
  • Central Laser Facility, delivering unique insights that span physics, chemistry and biology (location: Harwell Campus)
  • Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator (VELA), designed to boost development of advanced accelerator systems (location: Sci-Tech Daresbury)
  • RAL Space - vacuum test chambers, vibration facilities, satellite guidance/tracking equipment and other facilities used in leading-edge space research (location: Harwell Campus)

STFC’s business development team works with the facilities to manage commercial access. For more information:


Chris Bee
Head of Business Development
+44 (0) 1235 446549

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Switchboard: +44 (0)1793 442000