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Call for nominations to the STFC Futures Advisory Panel

STFC is seeking nominations for members to its Futures Advisory Panel, to provide independent advice to STFC on the overall programme priorities and balance of funding across the global challenge themes of:

The Panel will comprise up to eight members, including a Chair and Vice-Chair. Nominees should have a strong track record in one of the Futures themes coupled with the ability to take a broad strategic overview of a diverse portfolio of global challenge projects. The final membership of the panel will be selected to ensure a balance of experience and expertise in academic research, knowledge exchange and innovation; members will be drawn from industry and government as well as academia. Appointments will be made initially for one year, with the possibility of reappointment.

The panel will provide advice and recommendations to the Science Board and the STFC Executive, based on a thorough understanding of the programme context plus an awareness of existing commitments and strategy.

In appointing its advisory panels, STFC considers it important to ensure broad representation from its community. We would particularly welcome nominations from groups traditionally underrepresented on such bodies.

If you wish to nominate yourself or a colleague please send the nominee’s full name, institution, a brief summary of their expertise and their contact details to Sharmila Banerjee.

Please ensure that nominees are aware of and agree to their nomination.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 29th July 2011 and the first meeting of the Panel is likely to take place in October 2011.

Find out more about the STFC committee / panel nominations process.

Find out more about the STFC Futures Programme.

Draft terms of reference for the Futures Advisory Panel

The Futures Advisory Panel will provide independent advice to STFC on the overall priorities of the Futures Programme. Specifically, it will provide advice on the following areas:

  • Actions for implementing the “Solutions to Global Challenges” theme of the STFC Corporate Strategy
  • Actions for achieving synergy with STFC’s other impact programmes
  • The optimum balance of funding across themes, activities and funding initiatives
  • STFC’s contribution to the RCUK cross-council programmes
  • Specific engagement with campus partners in the global challenge themes
  • Achieving maximum visibility for the programme
  • Evaluating and measuring the impact of the programme

If anyone wishes to discuss the role of panel members please contact Catherine Ewart.

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