Cockcroft Institute Triple Celebration

Monday 10th April 2017, 11am to 3pm, Daresbury Laboratory

The Cockcroft Institute (CI), a national centre for particle accelerator R&D in the UK, is probably the largest of its kind in the world, delivering world class R&D in RF based systems and novel methods of particle acceleration with major contributions to the realization of national and international accelerator facilities. The CI’s cross-cutting applications programme allows this expertise to be used to address global challenges in health, security, energy, manufacturing and the environment, and to train the next generation of accelerator experts in areas where there is a recognized international skills shortage.

The CI is a partnership between the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde, and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The core membership comprises the accelerator physics & engineering groups of the partner universities and the Accelerator Science & Technology Centre (ASTeC) of STFC at Daresbury Laboratory, and numbers well over 200 academics, professional accelerator staff, post-doctoral research associates, admin staff and PhD students.
We’d be delighted if you would join us to celebrate three important milestones in the evolution of the CI:

  • The relocation of the Institute onto the main Daresbury Laboratory site
  • The commencement of the Institute’s new STFC core funding
  • The accession of the University of Strathclyde to full membership of the Institute


At the event you will hear about the exciting work taking place at the CI as well as the latest developments in accelerator science and technology, and how they are impacting on society and the economy.
A buffet lunch will be served to all registered participants and car parking will be available for visitors.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Michelle Keeley michelle.keeley@stfc.ac.uk


Event Programme

11:00 Arrival/Coffee (Thomson Room)

11:30 Triple Celebration (Merrison Lecture Theatre)

11:30 Director’s Welcome

Professor Peter Ratoff

11:40 The Cockcroft University Partnership

Professor Mark Smith (VC, Lancaster University)

11:45 STFC & The Cockcroft Institute

Professor Brian Bowsher (STFC CEO)

11:50 Video messages from the Liverpool, Manchester & Strathclyde Vice Chancellors

12:00 X-ray Free Electron Lasers: a revolution in attosecond science

Professor Jim Clarke (STFC Daresbury Laboratory)

12:20 Ultra-compact particle accelerators and radiation sources

Professor Dino Jaroszynski (University of Strathclyde)

12:40 Proton beam therapy

Professor Karen Kirkby (University of Manchester)

13:00 Lunch (The Atrium)

13:45 Laboratory tours & outreach demonstrations

15:00 End