Science Board

Science Board is the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) principal scientific advisory committee. It reports directly to the STFC Council.

Its purpose is to provide 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.

Terms of reference

To provide the STFC 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 STFC 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 STFC Council should be consulted as to the nature of the external engagement and approval obtained from the Chair of STFC 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 STFC Council.

The above terms of reference will be reviewed annually.

Science Board meetings

7 to 8 December 2021

Statement of interest deadline: 15 November 2021

Meeting papers deadline: 19 November 2021

15 and 17 February 2022

Statement of interest deadline: 17 January 2022

Meeting papers deadline: 21 January 2022

12 to 13 April 2022

Statement of interest deadline: 14 March 2022

Meeting papers deadline: 18 March 2022

28 to 29 June 2022

Statement of interest deadline: 30 May 2022

Meeting papers deadline: 7 June 2022

12 to 13 October 2022

Statement of interest deadline: 12 September 2022

Meeting papers deadline: 16 September 2022

6 to 7 December 2022

Statement of interest deadline: 7 November 2022

Meeting papers deadline: 11 November 2022

Statement of Interest for new projects

View the guidance on the application process for Statement of Interest for new projects.

News from Science Board

View the latest news from Science Board.

Core members

  • Professor Tara Shears – University of Liverpool (Chair)
  • Professor Karen Edler – University of Bath (Deputy Chair)
  • Professor Carla Andreani – University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Dr Martin Bauer – Durham University
  • Professor Andrew Beale – University College London
  • Professor David Charlton – University of Birmingham
  • Professor Andrew Coates – University College London Mullard Space Science Laboratory
  • Professor Jacqueline Cole – University of Cambridge
  • Professor George Efstathiou – University of Cambridge
  • Professor Keith Grainge – University of Manchester
  • Professor Stephen Hayden – University of Bristol
  • Professor David Ireland – University of Glasgow
  • Professor Martin King – Royal Holloway University of London
  • Dr Isabel Moraes – National Physical Laboratory, London
  • Professor Alex Murphy – University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Zulfikar Najmudin – Imperial College London

Strategic reports

Committees reporting to Science Board

The committees reporting to Science Board are:

Contact

For more information about Science Board contact:

Rachel Leader

Email: rachel.leader@stfc.ukri.org.

Last updated: 12 May 2022

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