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Prof Carsten Welsch Prof Dr

Head of Department Physics


Personal Statement

I have studied physics and economics at the Universities of Frankfurt (Germany) and UC Berkeley (USA) and did my PhD in accelerator physics at the University of Frankfurt. After some years as Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg (Germany, 2003-2004) and as Fellow at CERN (Switzerland, 2005-2007) I have founded the QUASAR Group in 2007. I have been a member academic staff at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology since 2008. In 2011 I was promoted to Full Professor of Physics and I have been Head of the Physics Department since September 2016.

I am also Head of the Accelerator Physics and QUASAR Groups. My research focuses on the development of advanced beam instrumentation and beam dynamics studies for frontier accelerators and light sources, medical and laser applications, as well as novel accelerating techniques.

I have initiated and am coordinating the EU-funded research and training networks DITANET, LA3NET, oPAC, OMA and the brand-new AVA. I am also director of our STFC CDT on Big Data Science. With a combined budget of more than 20 million pounds these are the largest research and training initiatives ever realised in my research area. They have put me in charge of the training of more than 100 postgraduate researchers. I am also organising a large number of international schools and topical workshops for our students, staff and the wider scientific community. As a member of various scientific advisory committees I contribute to defining future research trends and the advancement of physics in general.

Training the next generation of scientists in the best possible way is one of my main ambitions and I have pioneered many teaching innovations in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes over the years.

Personal Distinctions

  • Optimization of Medical Accelerators through international Collaboration (Invitation to Speak, LMU Munich, Germany 2016)
  • Developments in Non-destructive Beam Profile Monitors (Invitation to Speak, HB 2016 Conference, Malmoe, Sweden 2016)
  • Researcher Career Pathways (Invitation to Speak, Researcher Careers Workshop, Krakow, Poland 2016)
  • Accelerating Innovation (Invitation to Speak, International Festival for Business, Liverpool, UK 2016)
  • Beam Diagnostics for Low Energy Antiprotons (Invitation to Speak, LEAP Conference, Kanazawa, Japan 2016)
  • Lasers and Accelerators for Science and Society (Invitation to Speak, Symposium, ACC, Liverpool, UK 2015)
  • Lasers and Accelerators as Drivers for Innovation (Invitation to Speak, Laser Applications at Accelerators Conference 2015)
  • Optical Diagnostics – State of the art and Future Trends (Invitation to Speak, Topical Workshop on Beam Diagnostics, Mallorca, Spain 2015)
  • Numerical Tools for Accelerator Optimization (Invitation to Speak, CaoPAC Workshop, GSI, Darmstadt, Germany 2015)
  • Applications of Particle Accelerators (Invitation to Speak, Advanced School on Laser Applications at Accelerators, Salamanca, Spain 2014)
  • Accelerated learning for success (Invitation to Speak, Euro Science Open Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014)
  • Accelerating green technology (Invitation to Speak, Euro Science Open Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014)
  • The Need of Complementary Skills to improve Employability of PGRs (Invitation to Speak, HEA STEM Workshop 2014)
  • UK Diagnostic Developments for Proton Therapy (Invitation to Speak, Modern Hadron Therapy Gantry Developments 2014)
  • ITN Coordination – Best practice (Invitation to Speak, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium 2013)
  • Roles & Goals of EC projects: A Vision for Europe - View of a University (Invitation to Speak, EUCard2 kickoff meeting/Visions for the future of Particle Accelerators, Cern, Switzerland 2013)
  • Employability in Europe: Enhancing Post Graduate Complementary Skills Training (Invitation to Speak, HEA STEM: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Birmingham, UK 2013)
  • The Ultra-low Energy Storage Ring at FLAIR (Invitation to Speak, EDM Conference 2012)
  • Ions, Light and Antimatter: New Ways to Battle Cancer (Invitation to Speak, Euro Science Open Forum 2012)
  • Invited Talk: The Ultra-low energy Storage Ring (USR) at FLAIR (Invitation to Speak, Low Energy Antiproton Physics conference 2011)
  • Invited Talk: DITANET – Contributing to State-of-the-art Beam Diagnostics (Invitation to Speak, Conference Organizers 2010)
  • Invited Talk: Low Energy Storage Rings: Opening Routes for Beyond State-of-the-art Research (Invitation to Speak, Saudi Physical Society 2010)
  • Invited Talk: Low Energy Antiprotons - Exploring Nature in all its Facets (Invitation to Speak, Conference Organizers 2008)
  • Invited Talk: DITANET (Invitation to Speak, CERN Accelerator School 2008)
  • Invited Talk: Development of Beyond State-of-the-art Diagnostic Techniques within an EU Network (Invitation to Speak, Beam Instrumentation Workshop 2008)
  • Helmholtz-University YIG Award (Helmholtz Society 2006)
  • CERN Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, CERN 2005)
  • REES Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, JISTEC 1999)

Administrative Roles

  • Head of the Accelerator Science Group
  • Coordinator of the European networks DITANET, LA3NET, oPAC and OMA
  • Member of the Cockcroft institute Management Committee
  • Member of Departmental Research and Impact Committee