Executive Chair, STFC
Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
Professor Mark Thomson is Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). STFC is one of the nine councils of UK Research and Innovation and is responsible for large-scale multidisciplinary research facilities at the UK National Laboratories and the UK particle physics, astrophysics, space science and nuclear physics programmes. Within UKRI, Professor Thomson leads on infrastructure, including e-Infrastructure.
Professor Thomson has held national and international research leadership roles at the forefront of particle physics in both neutrino physics and collider physics. Most recently, he has been the co-leader of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a collaboration of over 1000 scientists and engineers. Beyond his own research, Professor Thomson has held numerous research oversight roles in the UK and abroad. In 2013, he published “Modern Particle Physics”, a textbook that has been widely adopted for undergraduate courses at universities around the globe.