External Appointments for LJMU Professor
11 January 2012
Professor Mike Bode, Director of the Astrophysics Research Institute, has taken up a new role with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Having completed his term of office as a member of STFC's Science Board last year, Mike has been appointed the new chair of the Advisory Panel for Science in Society (APSiS). The Panel provides advice to the Council and Executive of STFC on strategy, policies and programme balance for public engagement with STFC's science and technology, provides new ideas for programme development and oversees the Council's grants and fellowships schemes related to science in society. Mike commented:
"I was delighted to be asked to chair APSiS. Among the Research Councils, STFC have arguably the most active and successful programme of public outreach. Personally, I have always been an advocate of the importance of this type of work, and of course the Astrophysics Research Institute itself has pioneered significant initiatives such as the National Schools' Observatory and the development of the Spaceport visitor centre."
Dr Robin Clegg MBE, Head of Science in Society with STFC, added:
"We are delighted to have Mike as Chair of our external panel advising on public engagement. His own track record with personal leadership at the ARI and the National Schools' Observatory, together with his experience of STFC's major science and technology investments and the research grant system, makes him an excellent champion and advisor for this area."
Mike was also recently a member of the international review committee of the ASTRON research institute in the Netherlands. ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Its mission is to enable discoveries in radio astronomy via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research.
The review, on behalf of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), occurs every six years. Mike’s fellow review panelists were Professor Meg Urry (Chair of the Physics Department at Yale University), Dr Antoine Roederer (University of Delft), Professor Andy Lawrence (Regius Professor of Astronomy, University of Edinburgh), Professor Roger Blandford (Director of the Kavli Institute at Stanford University) and Professor Catherine Cesarsky (High Commissioner for Atomic Energy in France) who chaired the panel.
The panel assessed all the major activities of the Institute over an intensive three day period. Overall, they found the work of ASTRON to be excellent in almost every respect.
Pictured (above right): Mike Bode (foreground, right) discusses recent scientific and technological highlights with ASTRON staff during the review panel visit.
Pictured (above left):Professor Mike Bode, with fellow Review Panel member Prof Meg Urry (Yale), prepares to ascend on a scissor lift to the focus of one of the 25m radio dishes run by ASTRON at Westerbork in the Netherlands.
Pictured (above): Mike and fellow panel members inspecting the receivers at the focus of one of the 25m diameter radio dishes at the Westerbork observatory.
Photo credits: Femke Boekhorst, ASTRON