The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a place where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. STFC is home to an incredibly diverse array of research, technology and engineering projects – and each one promises to fire the imagination.Read more
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2 December 2015 Since 2010 over 50 new space technology start-ups have launched in the UK and then rocketed to become thriving, growing businesses thanks to the support of the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC Harwell) which opened in Oxfordshire five years ago today. The first business incubation centre supported by ESA in the UK, its sole mission is to enable small, budding businesses and entrepreneurs translate their brilliant ideas on how they can use space...
28th October 2014 STFC is celebrating after being awarded Investors in People (IiP) Gold accreditation. Investors in People provides a best practice people management standard, offering accreditation to organisations that adhere to the Investors in People framework. Having achieved Silver accreditation in 2011, STFC is delighted to have achieved Gold accreditation following its latest IiP review. The Gold standard review offered a more in-depth review of STFC, with assessors seeking...
Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. On 12 September, that ancient starlight found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly-constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, captured and recorded it for the first time. That light may hold within it the answer to one of the biggest mysteries in physics - why the expansion of the universe is speeding up. Although dark energy appears to...
The mystery of why comets travelling through Space give off X-ray emissions has been solved thanks to new research undertaken by a team that included science staff from STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) and RAL Space.
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