Service Complet

Just time for a quick post from the London to Brighton train, having spent the day at my last ever “Plenary” meeting of the Astronomy Grants Panel of the Science and Technology Facilities Council which was held at the Institute of Physics. This meeting marks the end of the annual grants round; in January there’ll be a meeting to kick off next year’s business.

I’ve been on this panel for four years now, so I think I’ve done my bit. Time for some new blood to replace those of us who have been stood down.

Anyway I just want to say a big public thank you to the STFC staff, especially Kim, Diane, and Colin for doing their best to keep the panel members in order, as well as to Theory sub-Panel Chair Tom and overall Chair Andy who are also stepping down.

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof. I refer to the day, not the AGP, because it began with a major wobbly in Victoria station on the way to the IOP but ended with a couple of pints and a nice chinwag in the pub round the corner..

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2 Responses to “Service Complet”

  1. dear peter

    i stumbled yesterday over the following – i’m wondering if STFC has already come up with a new plan for how to reduce staff fEC levels:

    http://beforeitsnews.com/watercooler-topics/2013/11/the-death-list-grows-astronomers-being-killed-to-maintain-coverup-2434850.html

    ian

  2. High impact stuff (at least I don;t think a death list counts as outreach). Did AGP fund it?

    Congratulations, Peter (and Andy!), with your STFC retirement. It is a rewarding, frustrating, and not always thankful task, but the community wouldn’t last without it. Now you can restart your life!

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