Launching PPARC's Five Year Strategy Programme

December 02, 2003

PPARC's Five Year Strategic Programme is now available online at

Over one hundred delegates from Parliament, Whitehall and Industry attended a reception on Tuesday night (25 November) to mark the launch the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council's (PPARC) Five Year Plan.

The reception, which was addressed by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Dr Ian Gibson, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, looked ahead to the next suite of cutting edge projects and celebrated the many exciting developments in UK science over recent years.

Professor Ian Halliday, PPARC's Chief Executive, said:

"It is an exciting time for PPARC science. The science delivered over the last four years results from the increases in the science budget which has made a real difference. With many more opportunities ahead of us, such as the Linear Collider and Extremely Large Telescopes, it is time to build on our success and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of cutting edge science and technology."

The key highlights and future work from UK research involves answering some of the fundamental questions about the Universe including:-

In space science the successes include the launch of Mars Express, carrying the UK led "Beagle 2" which is due to land on Mars on Christmas Day and the launch of SMART-1 en route to the Moon. Both missions have had key UK involvement from academia and industry and look set to provide important new scientific knowledge.

PPARC science is spearheading the next generation Internet by developing GRID technology that will have a profound impact on the global information society. The first phase of GRID technology is now being deployed in the run-up to handling the massive amounts of data that will stream from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which is on target for completion in 2007.

Speaking at the reception the Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education said:

"I applaud the work of PPARC and in particular the efforts to answer the deeply fundamental questions about who we are and what we are about. Knowledge of this is important for society as a whole, and especially in schools. Science is at the core of these big questions and there is great opportunity to engage children by this whole approach."

Science and Technology Facilities Council

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