The Scientist Advisory Council (SAC), founded in June 2013, is a group of approximately 15 members of the Fermilab scientific staff, diverse in areas of expertise and experience. The SAC will finish up its current term on Sept. 30. We are currently soliciting nominations for the 2016 to 2018 term.
A goal of the SAC is to share with the director new developments that might have implications for the future scientific program. SAC members engage in open discussion on topics of interest for both short- and long-term scientific plans for the laboratory’s research program. Members have been involved in the organization of scientist retreats related to lab scientific prioritization and the P5 roll-out. Meeting discussions have focused on recent results from non-Fermilab experiments with bearing on Fermilab science, as well as whether new science topics may align well with Fermilab priorities. SAC members have invited scientists from across the lab to make presentations on recent scientific results, and project or experiment status. SAC has also been involved in nominating Fermilab or Fermilab-affiliated scientists for lab and professional organization committees.
The SAC discusses issues related to careers and professional development of the Fermilab scientific staff. Members have been involved in the working groups for new scientist policies associated with searches and hiring, promotions and terminations. They have fielded questions and responded to concerns and criticisms associated with the new policies and brought those as needed to the Directorate. They also bring up topics for future committees, for example, how to implement an effective labwide mentoring for junior lab scientists. SAC discussions have also focused on initiatives to improve diversity at the laboratory.
If you know of scientists who could make valuable contributions to our group by becoming a member or if you are a scientist who is interested in joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 9.