Committees and councils

Accelerator Advisory Committee

The Fermilab Accelerator Advisory Committee assesses and provides advice on topics related to the laboratory’s accelerator physics and engineering programs. In particular, they advise on the delivery of high-power beams by Fermilab’s accelerator complex, the laboratory’s Proton Improvement Plan II, and Fermilab’s effort on LCLS-II, a SLAC-based project.

Visit the Accelerator Advisory Committee webpage


Community Advisory Board

The Fermilab Community Advisory Board brings together interested residents from the laboratory’s neighboring communities. The board meets every two months and provides ongoing advice and guidance related to the future of the laboratory. The board gives feedback on proposed new projects, reviews planned construction activities, advises Fermilab on all forms of public participation and acts as a liaison with local organizations and communities.

Visit the Community Advisory Board website


Contractor Assurance System

Fermilab’s Contractor Assurance System is executed by the Fermi Research Alliance Board of Directors. The CAS applies to all work activities and to all personnel performing work at Fermilab including subcontractors and guests. The CAS process encompasses all aspects of the sixteen cross-cutting management systems, which are essential to mission success.

Learn more about the Fermilab Contractor Assurance System


Ecological Land Management Committee

The Fermilab Ecological Land Management (ELM) Committee is a Directorate-approved, chartered organization. The purpose is to provide sound ecological advice to the laboratory and an ELM Plan to deliver recommendations on land management to Fermilab. The ELM Committee is composed of Fermilab employees with an interest in and knowledge of the ecology of the site, and members from outside the Laboratory chosen for their expertise in ecological science, natural resources and land management.

Learn more at the ELM Committee webpage


Employee Advisory Group

The EAG works to utilize insights and address concerns from the Fermilab employee community. We are dedicated to working with you to improve our shared workspace through the development of new and revised policies.

The EAG needs your ideas and input. Learn more at the EAG website.


Engineering Advisory Council

The Engineering Advisory Council works to address and improve the lives of engineers at the laboratory and encourage a community of open communication and free exchange of ideas, promoting engineering success across the laboratory. Approximately 15 members of the group are chosen to represent multiple divisions and departments, a range of engineering grade levels and the diverse community at Fermilab. Terms are for a two-year period, with approximately half of the group rotating out each year.

Visit the EAC Fermipoint site


Fellowship, internship and award committees (various)

A number of fellowship, internship and award committees are in place at Fermilab to give early-career scientists and engineers an opportunity to participate in particle physics research. View a full listing at our fellowships page.

Fermilab Committee on Scientific Appointments

The Fermilab Committee on Scientific Appointments reviews the hiring, promotion and term extensions for scientific staff. FCSA also plays a review role when a member of the scientific staff requires a performance improvement plan or is considered for a reduction in force. FCSA does not review the hiring of Wilson and Peoples fellows or promotions from senior scientist to distinguished scientist, both of which are subject to separate procedures. FCSA evaluates candidates using the guidelines supplied in the Policy on Scientific Appointments. The committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Fermilab director.

FCSA members are appointed by the Fermilab director. The committee consists of Fermilab scientists who serve staggered three-year terms. The FCSA chair is appointed by the Fermilab director from within the FCSA membership. The Fermilab director also appoints nonvoting members of FCSA, such as the committee’s secretary and a liaison to the Workforce Development and Resources Section. The Fermilab director ensures that the membership is diverse and broadly representative of the lab’s programs.

View the FCSA members


Fermilab ES&H Committee

The Fermilab ES&H Committee has the responsibility for reviewing safety and security policies and programs and for reporting its findings and recommendations to the laboratory director. It coordinates the activities of its subcommittees, working groups, reviews ES&H or security policies of general labwide significance, and reviews the aspects of laboratory activities that may be of concern to the public. The committee responds to requests from and suggests topics for review to the director, the laboratory ESH&Q Section head, division and section heads and project managers, and committee members.

Visit the FESHCom site


Fermilab Jobs Committee

The Jobs Committee advises the laboratory director monthly on new job requisitions from a labwide perspective.

Visit the Jobs Committee Fermipoint site


Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee is responsible for developing the laboratory’s policies and procedures regarding interactions with government officials. As described in the laboratory’s Policy on Interactions with Government Officials, the Government Affairs Committee approves requests by Fermilab employees and others acting on behalf of the laboratory to:

  • escort government officials onto the Fermilab site, unless such officials are employees or representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy;
  • participate in informational and educational activities for government officials;
  • use Fermilab property and FRA funds to support informational and educational activities for government officials;
  • respond to requests for information from elected officials;
  • respond to non-mission-related requests for information from non-elected government officials.

Visit the GAC Fermipoint site


International Computing Advisory Committee

The Fermilab International Computing Advisory Committee (ICAC) reviews and advises the laboratory on computing operations, cyber security, upgrade plans, and software and computing R&D aimed towards the development and exploitation of future facilities as well as advancing scientific tools and methods in general.

The committee meets at least annually and reports to the Fermilab Director.

Visit the ICAC site


DUNE Resources Review Board

The DUNE Resources Review Board (RRB) is part of the international project governance structure for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE). It was established to provide coordination among funding partners, oversight of DUNE, and effective coordination between DUNE, LBNF, Proton Improvement Plan-II (PIP-II), and the Short-Baseline Neutrino Program (SBN) (collectively, the Projects). It is comprised of representatives of all funding agencies that sponsor the Projects, and of Fermilab management. The RRB provides focused monitoring and detailed oversight of the DUNE Collaboration, and also monitors the progress of LBNF, PIP-II, and SBN as well as international contributions to those projects.

The Long Baseline Neutrino Committee (LBNC) and the Neutrino Cost Group (NCG) are review committees for DUNE, charged by and reporting to the Fermilab Directorate. Both groups provide recommendations to the Fermilab Directorate and periodic reports to the RRB. The LBNC reviews DUNE from a technical perspective, and the NCG reviews DUNE from a cost and schedule perspective.

Visit the DUNE RRB site


Long Baseline Neutrino Committee

The LBNC is charged by the Fermilab Director to review the scientific, technical, and managerial progress, plans and decisions associated with the Fermilab Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). The committee also considers some specific aspects of the Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) Program. The LBNC provides candid assessments for the Director that are also available to the LBNF and DUNE leaderships and to the funding agencies that support these international projects.

Visit the LBNC site


New Vision for Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab Committee

The New Vision for Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab Committee (VEPO) is tasked with characterizing the strengths of Fermilab in the education and public-outreach space, outlining a vision for Fermilab’s education and public outreach and identifying existing and new opportunities for Fermilab to develop powerful partnerships, unique impact, and longitudinal progress in education and public outreach.

Learn more about the New Vision for Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab Committee


Physics Advisory Committee

The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of 14 distinguished members from the particle physics community appointed by the Fermilab Director to serve 4 year terms. The committee advises the Director on the experimental program. In particular, the committee reviews proposals for new experiments at Fermilab, gives advice to the Director about the optimization of the ongoing experimental program, and about plans for the future program.

Learn more about the Physics Advisory Committee


PIP-II Machine Advisory Committee

The PIP-II Machine Advisory Committee, known as P2MAC, reviews, monitors and offers advice on the PIP-II R&D program. PIP-II is a plan for a multimegawatt proton facility at Fermilab. P2MAC looks at the overall PIP-II strategy and concentrates on R&D areas deemed critical to PIP-II’s successful implementation. It offers advice and recommendations on the appropriateness of the associated effort. It may also identify areas in need of greater attention. It typically meets at least once a year and more frequently as conditions warrant. It is formally a subcommittee of the Fermilab Accelerator Advisory Committee , and the P2MAC chair is a member of the AAC. P2MAC members are appointed by the Fermilab director with an initial term of four years.

Visit the P2MAC webpage


Scientist Advisory Council

The Scientist Advisory Council is a group of approximately 15 members of the Fermilab scientific staff. The composition of the group is diverse in areas of expertise and experience. Terms are for a two-year period, with half of the group rotating out each year. At the beginning of September each year, the laboratory director solicits nominations via the “all-scientists” distribution list. The demographics being sought will be announced (i.e. number from each organizational unit). Self-nominations are accepted. Following the open nomination period, new council members are selected by the current council in consultation with the director. New terms begin October 1.

The council will meet regularly (approximately weekly) with the director. The charge to the council is to engage in open discussion on topics of interest for both short- and long-term plans for the laboratory’s research program. The council will also discusses issues related to careers and professional development of the Fermilab scientific staff.

Members of the council are encouraged to share the discussion topics within their respective organizations to gather feedback and input from the broader scientific staff that the council can then share with the director. On occasion, the outcome of discussions may lead to the council initiating a sub-committee study of a theme or convening an all-scientist retreat to engage broader discussion of the topic.

Visit the SAC Fermipoint site


Services Oversight Group

The Services Oversight Group (SOG) is charged to provide confidence that the CAS objectives are being accomplished, that lab systems and controls are effective and efficient, and to identify actions needed to improve lab performance. Comprised of the lab director and senior leaders, the SOG accomplishes this by meeting monthly to monitor the performance of the management systems and other key performance indicators. It provides input on lab risks to the Enterprise Risk Management Board (ERMB) and approves the lab’s annual Integrated Assessment Plan (IAP). The SOG informs the laboratory director on top concerns and upcoming milestones and events that are directly relevant to the laboratory’s mission.


Strategic Project Advisory Committees

The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) /Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment-US (DUNE-US) and Proton Improvement Plan II (PIP-II) Strategic Project Advisory Committees provide advice to the Lab Director to further the successful execution of the projects. In particular, the committee provides advice related to project organization, management, risks and the development and sustainment of critical partnerships. The committees typically meet twice each year, providing assessments to the Lab Director that are also available to the LBNF/DUNE-US and PIP-II Leaderships.


Sustainability Management Team

The Fermilab Sustainability Management Team (SMT) is responsible for overseeing laboratory progress toward meeting Fermilab’s sustainability goals, which also support compliance with U.S. DOE and Executive Orders. Fermilab’s sustainability goals compel the laboratory to maximize energy and water efficiency, minimize chemical toxicity and harmful environmental releases (particularly greenhouse gases), promote the use of renewable and other clean energy, plan for the impacts of climate change, and conserve natural resources while supporting core mission activities. The SMT advises laboratory management and informs the laboratory community regarding sustainability goals and achievements.


Technology Committee

The Fermilab Technology Committee advises Fermilab’s Director on core technology competencies needed for a healthy future of the laboratory. The Committee works to identify key technology directions for both investments and hiring. Additionally, the committees efforts are geared towards developing new potential partners outside the laboratory, facilitate the exchange of ideas and expertise among different areas of Fermilab, and encourage technology transfer. More specifically, the Technology Committee is charged to produce a Fermilab Technology Strategy document.