The Cockroft Institute


At Lancaster University we have particular expertise in cosmology and astroparticle physics and accelerator physics and are a founding member of The Cockcroft Institute, an international centre for Accelerator Science and Technology in the UK.

The Cockcroft Institute is a collaboration between academia, national laboratories, and industry. It brings together the best accelerator scientists, engineers, educators and industrialists to conceive, design, construct and use innovative instruments of discovery at all scales and lead the UK’s participation in flagship international experiments. It cultures the curiosity of emerging minds via education of the future generation and engages with industrial partners to generate wealth for the community that sustains us.

Accelerators are a major tool for modern manufacturing, and a key technology for tackling the global challenges in healthcare, security, environment and energy. Each year, some €400bn of end products are produced, sterilized or examined using an industrial accelerator. The Cockcroft Institute works closely with industry to apply its knowledge, skills and facilities to industrial challenges, to ensure that the social and economic impacts from cutting-edge accelerator technologies are fully realised.