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Report published with research and business advice to Research Councils on large facilities


The UK academic and business community have made recommendations for the Research Councils’ science requirements for the Diamond Light Source, ISIS and the Central Laser Facility that are managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

More than 1,000 members of the community were engaged in the Research Councils UK (RCUK) consultation during 2014 involving the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and STFC, along with the Wellcome Trust. The consultation covered a wide range of disciplines, including bioscience, biomedicine, engineering, chemistry, physics, material science, geoscience and environmental sciences.

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