2 october 2009

New director for John Adams Institute

Science | University

Andrei Seryi
Professor Andrei Seryi

It has been announced today that Professor Andrei Seryi will be the next Director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science (JAI).

Professor Seryi is currently leading the work on the  Facilities for Accelerator Science and Experimental Test Beams at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California, as well as being the leader of the Beam Delivery System for the International Linear Collider. Professor Seryi is also deputy spokesperson for the Accelerator Test Facility collaboration, based in Japan.

‘I consider it a great honour to become the Director of John Adams Institute and I look forward to leading the excellent team at the JAI, further strengthening its role in national, European, and international projects,’ said Professor Seryi. ‘We live in an exciting time for Accelerator Science, which continues to be the major thrust behind fundamental discoveries while making an increasingly important contribution to everyday life through the applications of accelerators in industry and medicine.’

The current Director, Professor Ken Peach, said: ‘I am delighted that Andrei Seryi has agreed to be the next Director of the JAI. He brings an enormous amount of expertise in advanced accelerator techniques and a deep understanding of accelerators that will enhance the UK’s reputation in this important scientific and technological area.’

Professor Grahame Blair, the Deputy Director of the JAI, said ‘Andrei Seryi is a leading accelerator physicist with an outstanding record of innovation, and I look forward to developing with him the future programme of the JAI.’

John Womersley, Director of Science Programmes at the Science & Technology Facilities Council commented: ‘Professor Andrei Seryi is a well-respected international expert in the field of accelerator science and technology and he brings very substantial leadership experience in world-class research projects. I look forward to working with him in developing the programme of the John Adams Institute when he takes up his appointment next year.  I would also like to thank Professor Ken Peach for his tremendous work and dedication to the JAI. He has played a key part in re-establishing the UK’s accelerator science capabilities and has laid a firm foundation for the future.’

Professor Seryi will divide his time between the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London, who jointly host the JAI. Professor Seryi will take up his post in August 2010, and will also hold a fellowship at Wolfson College Oxford.

The JAI is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is a joint venture between the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London. It was created in October 2004, with the aid of a grant from the then Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, now merged into the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Professor Peach was appointed as its Director for five years from May 2005.