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Cockcroft Lectures Series LIVE and On Demand

16 October 2014

"Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene for Field Emission Applications"
W.I.Milne_seminarProf. W I Milne - Director of the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, Cambridge University 

CI Seminar, Wednesday 22 October 2014, 15:00,
Venue: Merrison Lecture Theatre
…read the abstract »


15 October 2014

Emily Sharples PosterParticle Accelerator Engineering Network Meeting

Lancaster recently played a lead role in the kick-off meeting for a new engineering network linking the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Physics (IoP). The group brings together all types of engineers working on particle accelerators in the UK. The first meeting was held at the shared IMechE/IET headquarters in London and was attended by 110 engineers. The network was organised by a team of leading engineers from Universities, National labs and industry and included Dr Graeme Burt from Lancaster. …read more »

07 October 2014

LA3NET_logo_small.gifCombining Lasers and Accelerators to Train the next Generation of Researchers

The LA³NET consortium held an Advanced School on Laser Applications at Accelerators between 29 September and 3 October 2014. The event was hosted by the Spanish Pulsed Lasers Centre (CLPU) in Salamanca, Spain and attracted over 70 participants from all over the world. …read more »

accNews.jpg27 September 2014

Powering Cutting Edge Research

"What are the practical benefits of particle accelerators? Look out for a brand new brochure, due out this September, which will help accelerator scientists explain the benefits of their work to the general public."
The new look AcceleratingNews - latest issue out now.

13 September 2014

Autumn Lecture Series

New schedule announced for Autumn Lecture Series, see poster for details.
updated Autumn Lecture Series poster Part 2 (pdf) - Academic Training Programme 2014-2015 »

25 July 2014

Farewell to CI Inaugural Director, Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay

Image9.jpgColleagues from near and far gathered in the Walton Rooms at the Cockcroft Institute (CI) on the afternoon of 15th July to wish Swapan Chattopadhyay a fond farewell at the end of his 7 year tenure as the Director of the Cockcroft Institute. Besides CI members from the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool & Manchester and ASTeC Daresbury, the event included colleagues from STFC Swindon, the John Adams Institute, Oxford, the University of Huddersfield, Rutherford Laboratory, the University of Strathclyde and CERN. …read more »

16 July 2014

Director of Cockcroft Institute

We are seeking to appoint a Director of the Institute who will grow its reputation as a world-leading centre for accelerator science. Reporting to the Institute Board, the Director will work with the partners to develop strategy for the Institute and manage all aspects of its implementation. You will have a successful track record in accelerator science or a related field and have demonstrated ability in leadership in a university or research organisation. The role of Director will be for 5 years initially, and will be offered in combination with a permanent professorial appointment in one of the partner universities.
Job description and applicant information form »

CIstrategyMap_tiny.png29 May 2014

CI Strategy 2014 - 2020 'Beaming Matter Into Life'

CIstrategyCard_tiny.pngThe Cockcroft Strategy card and map are both available as .pdfs. Read the CI vision, research goals, key performance indicators and more.



The Cockcroft Institute is an international centre for Accelerator Science and Technology (AST) in the UK. It was proposed in September 2003 and officially opened by the UK Minister for Science, Lord Sainsbury, in September 2006. It is a joint venture between the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC at the Daresbury and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories) and the North West Development Agency (NWDA). The Institute is located in a purpose-built building on the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus adjacent to the Daresbury Laboratory and the Daresbury Innovation Centre, and has established satellite centres in each of the participating universities.

The Institute provides the intellectual focus, educational infrastructure and the essential scientific and technological facilities for accelerator science and technology research and development, which will enable UK scientists and engineers to take a major role in innovating future tools for scientific discoveries and in the conception, design, construction and use of the world’s leading research accelerators for the foreseeable future.

The Institute is named after the Nobel prizewinner Sir John Cockcroft FRS . Born in Todmorden in north west England, and educated in part in Manchester, he is regarded as the pioneer of modern accelerator research.


Cockcroft’s subatomic legacy: splitting the atom (pdf)

This article first appeared in CERN Courier December 2007, and is reprinted with permission.


Amazing particles and light (CERN Courier March 2007)
Accelerators for nano- and biosciences (CERN Courier Oct 2002)

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