UK researchers from a wide range of physical and life sciences are being asked to provide their views regarding the future development of the nation’s large scale research facilities.
Researchers will have until June 16 to complete the ‘Research Councils UK (RCUK) Large Facilities User Survey’ which seeks scientific advice on the future development of the Central Laser Facility, Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron Source – all located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell Oxford.
It is open to past or current facility users, as well as those scientists who anticipate using the facilities in the next five years, and will identify how the academic and business community have used the facilities to date, how they plan to use them in the future and how they believe the facilities should be developed to meet future scientific needs.
RCUK Large Facilities Steering Group Chair, Colin Miles said: “The three facilities offer unique capabilities to the scientists in the UK, allowing the academic and research community to conduct world-class science. It is important that the UK continues to be at the forefront of scientific excellence and to do that we need to make sure these resources are best placed to meet the needs of researchers. By taking part in this survey scientists can help make sure this happens and influence the development of these crucial facilities. We are encouraging as many researchers as possible to take part.”
Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, at the Harwell Oxford campus, the facilities provide access for scientists from a very wide range of research disciplines.
The survey is supported by the UK Research Councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) and the Wellcome Trust. The Large Facilities User Survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.
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