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Particle Physics Theory Town Meeting John Womersley STFC Chief Executive 18 December 2013. STFC’s role – a reminder. Our Vision is to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Particle Physics TheoryTown Meeting

John WomersleySTFC Chief Executive

18 December 2013109 December 10:15Daresbury LaboratoryMerrisonCEO Susan SmithScience presentation Accelerator/Ion source by Dan Faircloth10 December 14:00UK ATCROE Lecture TheatreCEO Gillian Wright Science presentation on Materials Chemistry by Daniel Bowron

11 December 14:30Swindon HQCS12 + CS13CEO John WomersleyScience presentation Solar Physics by Richard Harrison

16 December 09:30RALPickavanceCEO Andrew TaylorScience presentation Insight from light by Pavel Matousek

2STFCs role a reminder Our Vision is to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people. We deliver our mission through three distinct but interrelated functions:

Supporting University based research and skills development in astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physicsProviding access to world leading large scale research facilities for UK researchers and industryBuilding national Science and Innovation Campuses around our national laboratories to promote academic and industrial collaboration

3What we have achievedRestructured senior management teamReleased from special measures, convinced BIS we are trusted partnersDeveloped a much clearer sense of who we are and what we doPPARC and CCLRC merger now much more completeTransformed relations with our communitiesPositioned STFC as a thought leaderManaged flat cash without crisesRefreshed our science programme (e.g. E-ELT, FAIR)Delivered major investment on Campuses (e.g. Hartree)ISIC has become the Satellite Applications CatapultNew JV partner at HarwellDiscovered the Higgs


The Higgs boson

Over 25 million people in the UK read this story in the press or saw it on television news

The achingly glamorous world of big science

Particle PhysicsOur highest priority in particle physics remains the exploitation of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. ATLAS, CMS and LHCb (and ALICE) experiments. Worldwide LCG (via GridPP)The ATLAS and CMS upgrades are highest priority projects We have agreed funding for the Phase 1 and next phase of R&DPhase 2 upgrades also required but cost and schedule a concernLHCb upgrade currently under review future funding dependent on outcome of Programmatic Review

Particle PhysicsExploring neutrino mass and mixing with T2K and SuperNEMOT2K at JPARC in Japan, in which the UK holds key leadership roles, is a world leading experiment for the study of neutrino oscillationsWe are supporting the Demonstrator phase of the SuperNEMO project, a UK-France led experiment to search for neutrinoless double-beta decay. Engaging in future opportunities for a next generation long baseline neutrino experimentStrong science case recognised in European Strategy for Particle PhysicsSupport for nEDM experiment at ILL. Cryogenic upgrade for nEDM needed for experiment to remain competitive

Particle AstrophysicsIn the coming decade we expect to directly detect, for the first time, gravitational waves from distant cosmic phenomena Exploitation of ground-based Gravitational Wave DetectorsAdvanced LIGO (inc LIGO-India)LISA pathfinder

Particle AstrophysicsWe are participating in pre-Construction Phase of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA)providing funding for a 3 year R&D programme for CTA This will place the UK in a strong position to lead the high-energy component of CTA in the construction phase and ensure future access to data for the UK scientific community.Dark Matter also a strategically important area of research for the UKFocused R&D funding for DM being provided by STFC. UK community targeting Lux-Zeplin second generation experiment using noble liquid detector technologies.

CERNLHC maintenance and upgrade programme is well underwayUK company Arcade has won 1 million of contracts at CERN to upgrade ventilation systemsOver the last three years UK companies have won 47 million in contracts from CERNFrom 2011 to 2012 the value to UK companies of CERN contracts rose by 52%

Square Kilometre ArrayDavid Willetts at MeerKAT site, Karoo, South AfricaProject engineering phase underwayProject schedule approvedAnticipate early science in 2020Early capital contribution to help secure HQ in UK?12

European Extremely Large Telescope

The UK ATC plays an instrumental part in the management and delivery of these major projects on behalf of the UK taxpayer

13Dark Energy Survey (DES)

5-year survey just started on a US telescope in Chile, utilising a 570 megapixel camera, to gather data to explore the nature of dark energy

STFC provided ~2M to enable a UK consortium led by UCL to provide precision optics for the camera and to enable a UK lead in exploiting the science


Conventional widefield imageFluorescence microscopySuper-resolution (dSTORM) image

Collaboration with UCL group (Ian Robinson) based in RCaH investigating chromosome structure using lasers and X-ray imaging on Diamond. Advanced labelling techniques allow high labelling density of dyes suitable for super-resolution imaging.

dSTORM uses localization of single fluorescent molecules to build up an image at sub-50 nm resolution. The first of a number of super-resolution techniques to be commissioned on Octopus. 3D super-resolution to follow (funded by MRC).

Super Resolution Imaging on Octopus15International Panel Review of ISISThe Review Committee is extremely impressed by the development and performance of ISIS. In particular by the fact that ISIS has, since its creation, being able to create a culture of innovation that has had profound impact on and will continue to change the way neutron scattering is performed worldwide.

Very few research institutions have demonstrated similar drives toward innovation and spread of the resulting technological development.

Panel was:Chair: Prof. Joel Mesot (Director, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)

Committee: Prof. Sine Larsen (Copenhagen), Prof. Thomas Schulthess (ETH Zurich), Dr. Mike Rowe (NIST Washington), Prof. Mike Klein (Philadelphia), Prof. Richard Jones (Sheffield)

16Accelerator R&DVELA is operationalFirst commercial users booked with more in the pipelineCLARA CDR completed

Nuclear PhysicsSTFC joined as an Associate Partner in FAIR in May 2013

UK groups win time on a range of international facilities and lead many international physics programmesIsolde, Jyvaskyla, GSI, MaxLab, GANIL and JLABContinue to play key role in LHC ALICE project

19Making our caseHouse of Lords Inquiry on large and medium-sized research infrastructures and e-Infrastructure in UKFuture needsStrategic planning Funding and governance arrangements Report just outRecommends long term strategic approach

20Review mania

BIS Strategic ReviewLean processesCentres of ExcellenceTriennial Review ImplementationRCUKGovernance ReviewWe will participate fully, but these overlapping reviews, together with the increasing numbers of routine BIS enquiries, are stretching capacity We will participate fullyBUTThese reviews and their overlapping remits are starting to cause some confusion. The Strategic Review, plus SR, plus TR, plus the increasing numbers of routine BIS enquiries are stretching management capacity

21Phase 1 Francis Maude approved 10 recommendations but no mergers Phase 2Report in draftOutcome likely to be amber-greenFinal report end January earliestTR Implementation Group (TRIG)First meeting two weeks agoAiming to sunset by Feb 2014

Triennial Review

Two phases to the reviewPhase I - identifies and examines the key functions considers whether the functions are needed if so examines how the functions might best be delivered report to challenge panel and then Ministers If the current delivery model is ok then

Phase II - examines whether the bodys control and governance arrangements are in accordance with the recognised principles of good corporate governance

Research Councils stakeholders were contacted by the Review team. The Strategy, Performance and Communications Directorate pulled together STFC specific evidence The RCUK evidence that is more generic to all of the Research Councils.

Examine each RC and how organisedLook at international comparators and reasons why different - NSF, NIH etcTalk to very wide range of stakeholders (not clear how he intends to do this)Economic analysis of potential delivery models 'Institutes''Theology and politics' in the area - Haldane etc Analysis of impactGovernance good practice - interested in role of publicResearch spend in context of other research funding

22Unresolved issues in non-science budgetMinisterial discussions over next month to resolve and this will have implications for the size of science budgetScience Minister not keen to see big changes to allocationsAllocations may go into New Year

Spending Review


We are making difficult decisions on things like welfare so that we can invest in areas like science


The Higgs Innovation CentreInvestment to secure the UKs science base and take the lead in cutting-edge science and technology

The centre will provide cutting edge academic instrumentation and big data capabilities to support high tech start ups and academic researchers specialising in astronomy and particle physics

The Centre will be built at STFCs UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC).

It will focus on business incubation and start-up business support, by exploiting UK ATC and academic instrumentation and big data capabi


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