Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council



The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) was one of a number of research councils in the United Kingdom. It directed, coordinated and funded research in particle physics and astronomy for the people of the UK. Its head office was at Polaris House in Swindon, Wiltshire, but it also operated three scientific sites: the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh, the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) in La Palma and the Joint Astronomy Centre (JAC) in Hawaii. It published the Frontiers magazine three times a year, containing news and highlights of the research and outreach programmes it supports.

The PPARC was formed in April 1994 when the Science and Engineering Research Council was split into several organizations; other products of the split included the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).[1] In April 2007, it merged with the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) and the nuclear physics portion of the EPSRC to form the new Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).[2]

Frontiers magazine

PPARC previously published a magazine called Frontiers, ISSN 1460-5600.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Donald W. Braben (2008). Scientific Freedom: The Elixir of Civilization. Wiley Interscience. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-470-22654-4.
  2. ^ House of Commons of the United Kingdom (2007). Office of Science and Innovation: Scrutiny Report 2005 and 2006. ISBN 978-0-215-03350-5.
  3. ^ "UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC): Frontiers". Scout Archive. Retrieved 15 February 2015. Past issue, volume 14, Autumn 2002. Archived 2015-02-15 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • PPARC website archive (2007)
  • Frontiers magazine website archive (2007)
  • Research Councils UK