Science and Technology Facilities Council - Aims


The activities of the council aim to enable scientists to answer what it believes are the 'big' questions such as:

  • Why is there a Universe?
  • How did galaxies form?
  • Was there ever life on Mars?
  • How do planetary systems evolve?
  • How are the chemical elements created?
  • How does our climate work?
  • How can we create new materials to store energy?
  • How can we meet mankind’s need for abundant clean energy?
  • How can we design smart materials?
  • How do cells work?
  • How do degenerative diseases develop?
  • How can we design better treatments for cancer?

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Famous quotes containing the word aims:

    ...a fixed aim furnishes us with a fixed measure, by which we can decide whether such or such an action proposed is worth trying for or not, and as aims must vary with the individual, the decisions of any two people as to the desirableness of an action may not be the same.
    Anna C. Brackett (1836–1911)

    Our age is pre-eminently the age of sympathy, as the eighteenth century was the age of reason. Our ideal men and women are they, whose sympathies have had the widest culture, whose aims do not end with self, whose philanthropy, though centrifugal, reaches around the globe.
    Frances E. Willard 1839–1898, U.S. president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union 1879-1891, author, activist. The Woman’s Magazine, pp. 137-40 (January 1887)

    We are often reminded that if there were bestowed on us the wealth of Crsus, our aims must still be the same, and our means essentially the same.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)