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Our Science Facilities

We are one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. We operate world-class large-scale research facilities, manage the UK access to large-scale facilities in other countries, provide strategic advice to the government on development of large-scale science facilities and manage international research projects in support of a broad cross-section of the UK research community.

We have a responsibility to ensure that the UK scientific community has access to the large facilities that will enable it to perform high quality, world leading research in the future.

We provide science facilities on behalf of the whole UK research community, including:

To enable BEIS and STFC to review the appropriateness of the current operational models of the three UK National Facilities at Harwell; the Central Laser Facility, ISIS neutron and muon source, and the Diamond Light Source, BEIS commissioned an Independent Review to identify whether there were any potential radical solutions for putting the facility operation onto a lower-cost footing and articulate the risks of any proposals. The review was chaired by Dick Elsy, the CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and reported to BEIS in April 2017.

National Large Facilities at Harwell

We also manage the UK membership of science facilities essential to particle physics, astronomy and nuclear physics, such as CERN.

How to access facilities

Other science facilities

The Boulby Underground Laboratory in the north of England is able to host low-background and deep underground science experiments.


Last updated: 25 October 2017


Science and Technology Facilities Council
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