Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

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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[edit]

For the academic journal on women's studies, see Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies.
For the Southern Californian LGBT magazine, see Frontiers (magazine).

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


  1. ^ Donald W. Braben (2008). Scientific Freedom: The Elixir of Civilization. Wiley Interscience. p. 77. ISBN 0-470-22654-4. 
  2. ^ House of Commons of the United Kingdom Science and Technology Select Committee (2007). Office of Science and Innovation: Scrutiny Report 2005 and 2006. ISBN 0-215-03350-7. 
  3. ^ "UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC): Frontiers". Scout Archive. Retrieved 15 February 2015.  Past issue, volume 14, Autumn 2002.

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