Collaboration and Coordination for even better science

Collaboration and Coordination for even better science


– We are convinced that further enhancement of our ongoing collaboration will bring more and better science from these two research facilities for many years to come, says John Womersley, Director General at European Spallation Source. The duration of the MoU is ten years, which shows our dedication and seriousness in creating a world-leading science hub here in Lund.

– Our common opportunities and challenges provides a good foundation for a long-term coordination of activities, says Christoph Quitmann, Director MAX IV Laboratory. This will benefit not only the facilities, but more important benefit the scientists using MAX IV and ESS when doing outstanding science and eventually the society taking advantage of all the knowledge created.

The Memorandum of Understanding has three main goals:

  • establishing scientific collaboration in materials and life science exploiting complementarity between X-rays and neutrons.
  • exploiting synergies in building, operating, and maintaining large research infrastructures.
  • coordinating activities to meet the users’ needs concerning reception, transportation, lodging, education and training, safety, publications etc.


Another common interest is the future use of the area situated between the facilities, owned and managed by Science Village Scandinavia AB (SVS). The purpose of SVS is to develop the area in a way that supports the facilities and their scientific goals. This is of great importance to both ESS and MAX IV and providing input to SVS on the needs of the facilities and their users will be imperative for a successful development.