Mark Thomson to become new STFC Executive Chair

Mark Thomson, Credit: STFC

Excerpted from the (UK) Science & Technology Facilities Council article New STFC Executive Chair announced of 22 January 2018.

Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah has today announced that Professor Mark Thomson has been selected to be Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), following a fair and open competition.

Announcing the appointment, Universities and Science Minister, Sam Gyimah, said:

“Professor Thomson has a strong background in particle physics and will be a great asset to STFC, reinforcing the UK’s reputation as being world-beating in this exciting and ever-evolving area of science.

“Boosting research and development is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy and the role of Executive Chairs for the Research Councils will have a fundamental role in not only setting the priorities for their particular areas of interest, but of UKRI (United Kingdom Research and Innovation, an organization established formally by the Higher Education and Research Act 2017) as a whole and I look forward to working with Professor Thomson and the rest of the UKRI team…”

Professor Thomson said:

“I am passionate about STFC science, which spans the smallest scales of particle physics to the vast scales of astrophysics and cosmology, and it is a great honour be appointed to lead STFC as its new Executive Chair. The formation of UKRI presents exciting opportunities for STFC to further develop the UK’s world-leading science programme and to maximise the impact of the world-class facilities supported by STFC.”

Read full article on the STFC site.

Also read the Industrial Strategy boost for UK medicines with £70 million of funding to help develop new treatments in which Science Minister Sam Gyimah announces £70 million to create new manufacturing centres to help speed up the development of new medicines, and includes the text from which the STFC article was taken.