External Supervisory Committee

1. Eugen Illenberger, Freie Universität Berlin, Professor of Physical-Chemistry

Briefly, he has been a member of international advisory boards, Director of NATO Advanced Study Institute.

2. David Field, Aarhus University, Denmark, Professor of Physics

He has been Scientific Director of the SR laboratory in Aarhus (ISA), worked in astronomy and experimental physics, pioneering the use of exact methods of radiative transfer, creating the field of cold electron scattering and making the discovery of new spontaneously polarised solids. He has taught numerous courses in molecular physics, managed many PhDs and post-docs, cowritten successful proposals for EU networks, COST actions, a new synchrotron source and an ion accelerator for cancer therapy in Denmark. Department: Physics and Astronomy; Research Group:  EMS (electron-molecule scsattering); Keywords: electrons scattering, rotationally inelastic scattering, virtual state scattering, low energy electron scattering, spontelectrics, scattering by solids.


3. Stephen Buckman, Australian National University, Australia, Professor of Physics

He is Research Director of the established ARC Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies. He was the Associate Director and a key member in strategic planning and decision making of RSPhysSE. He has been distinguished with the chancellor’s award in recognition of outstanding record of research achievement and research leadership. At the moment he is also School Director, RSPE. 

The ESC members were carefully chosen not only on their scientific excellence and outstanding achievements, but on their vast experience in management and governance in particular at the level of graduation and post-graduation studies. Such ESC will certainly serve to supervise programme achievements but is also to advise and guide towards a better level of excellence.

The ESC will act to ensure a comprehensive exploitation of complementarities and synergies and to evaluate the programme’s skills requirements, taking into account the needs and perspectives of the teaching board and students.

The ESC will provide one joint report per academic year to the programme and to FCT-MEC, which implies an annual visit to the proponent institution. Prior to the visit, the EC will provide ESC members with a summary of programme activities, related to the evaluation period, and any other information relevant to the ESC. During the visit, two different meetings will be held, one with the EC members, the other with the tutor of post-graduates. ESC members will have the chance to attend the annual graduate students meeting. At this event, the ESC members will be able to assess first hand both scientific and teaching outcomes of the programme.