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Foundation Stone Ceremony Marks Scientific Importance of ESS

Today, the UK neutron community, represented by senior members of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), gathered at the European Spallation Source (ESS) construction site in Lund, Sweden, for the ESS Foundation Stone Ceremony.

STFC to help bring on the next generation of UK bioscientists to drive the economy of the future

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) will be playing a major role in three of the bioscience Doctoral Training Programmes, announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable, that are aimed at creating new industries and jobs.

STFC PS and EAP Consultation

The STFC Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel (PS&EAP) would like your input to assist them in their on-going dialogue with Science Board on the communities’ requirements for the large facilities and also their usage. The input provided to Science Board to date, as shown on the PS&EAP web page, has been well received and used to inform their inputs to e.g. the STFC Programmatic Review and the recent BIS Capital Consultation exercise.

Update on JCMT Ownership

Professor Gary Davis, Director of the JCMT has provided an update on the telescope's ownership. A process that will lead to the legal transfer of the telescope is underway.

UK leads new international solar storm tracking initiative

UK scientists have unveiled a new £2.5 million (€3.2 million) project that will improve forecasts of solar storms, including their arrival time and impact on the Earth. The three year project will provide the most comprehensive set of information to date about the Sun's influence on interplanetary space and the effects space weather can have on the Earth.

CERN turns 60 and celebrates peaceful collaboration for science

Today, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is blowing out 60 candles at an event attended by official delegations from 35 countries. The UK is being represented by His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, KG and the Chief Executive of STFC Professor John Womersley.

'Atomic fingerprint' of catalyst helps industrial researchers refine cleaner oil

Researchers have made a major breakthrough in our understanding of a 2D material, molybdenum disulphide, a key ingredient used in industrial refinery catalysts. Understanding the structure of the material at the atomic level has led them to a new way to boost its efficiency.

The past, present and future of science in Scotland

In 1896, the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE) moved from the centre of Edinburgh to its present location on Blackford Hill, thanks to a generous donation by James Lindsay, the 26th Earl of Crawford.

UK to build unique intergalactic GPS instrument to map the stars

A €9M contract is announced today for UK-based engineers and designers to build a unique and powerful instrument that aims to tackle some of the most compelling astronomical puzzles - such as how stars and galaxies form and evolve, and probing the structure of our own Milky Way.

HPC in Industry Event - High performance, high value

Engineering. Pharmaceuticals. Finance. Whatever your line of business, you've probably heard about high performance computing - but what is it and what can it actually do for your business?

Forthcoming Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) meeting

The next meeting of the Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) will take place at Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1SZ on the 27th/28th/29th October 2014.

STFC researcher wins highly competitive Fellowship award

19 September 2014 - STFC RAL Space researcher Dr Elin McCormack today receives a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship from the Royal Society, for her work on remote sensing of atmospheric electric field strength. She is one of just nine researchers selected for one of these highly competitive fellowships this year.

STFC Provides Boost for UK's nuclear physics research

The UK's nuclear physics research capability will be strengthened significantly with the establishment of a new nuclear physics theory group at the University of York thanks to support from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

SpaceTech 2014! Where space technology meets industry.

High-tech entrepreneurs and businesses looking to create new or improved products and services can explore how technology developed for space missions like Rosetta can help them innovate and accelerate at SpaceTech 2014.

Voting now open for the 2014 STFC Photowalk Competition

This summer, we gave more than 200 keen photographers across the country behind-the-scenes access to our world-class science facilities in our 2014 Photowalk Competition, in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society.

STFC and CERN researchers to benefit from Open Access publishing partnership

STFC welcomes a new partnership agreement, announced today, that ensures all articles authored by CERN researchers that are published in the American Physical Society (APS) journal collection in the next two years, will be freely available for anyone to read.

Call for nominations or applications for membership of STFC's Innovation Advisory Board

STFC is setting up a new Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) which will advise STFC's Council and Executive Board. The Advisory Board, which is expected to have 6-8 members, will review the 'innovation' aspect of STFC's work and will provide recommendations on existing and future programmes.

Call for nominations or applications for membership of STFC's Skills and Engagement Advisory Board

STFC is establishing a new subcommittee of its Council, to be called the Skills and Engagement Advisory Board, to advise it on the development of its programmes in skills and public engagement.

Solar Storm May Lead to a Fantastic Aurora over Britain tonight

A Solar Storm due to arrive at the Earth today should lead to a great show of the Aurora Borealis over the UK this evening.

10 years on, landmark Nature paper still hits the mark

In 2004, Nature published an article featuring work done on the Central Laser Facility's Astra laser by an international collaboration of scientists from Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde, UCLA and our Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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