The Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) was created in 2001 as a Centre of Excellence for study of the production, acceleration and delivery of charged particle beams. The Centre was born out of decades of advanced particle accelerator research and development within the STFC national labs at Daresbury and Harwell, delivering internationally leading large-scale science facilities. This included the operation of the SRS synchrotron radiation facilities, supporting the delivery of research toward three Nobel prizes.
Staff from ASTeC have expertise in all aspects from design through construction to commissioning. In addition to specifically selected accelerator projects they are engaged in an ongoing programme of world class research and development studies. ASTeC is a partner with the universities such as Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde, as well as in the Cockcroft Institute. It also has strong collaborative links with the John Adams Institute, many other universities and with overseas institutions.