Northern Lights on Food receives funding to support scientists

Northern Lights on Food receives funding to support scientists


Northern Lights on Food has received funding from Formas to establish a Swedish network to support food scientists to take full advantage of the new outstanding research tools available at the European Spallation Source, ESS and MAX IV Laboratory in Lund.

These tools are anticipated to lead to new knowledge and cutting-edge technology and innovation for the food industry, which can, in turn, strengthen the long-term competitiveness of the Swedish food sector to meet the objectives related to sustainable development.

The aim of Northern Lights on Food is to:

  • Increase the awareness and competence of using X-ray and neutron-based techniques and complimentary techniques in food research and development in both academia and industry.
  • Engage the food sector in the design of ESS and MAX IV and create financing paths to actively participate in the development, which includes adapting the existing and planned instruments, designing sample environments and developing data analysis programs for food-related issues.
  • Establish a long-term strategy for collaborative interdisciplinary research within food areas utilizing advanced characterization methods from ESS and MAX IV.
  • Promote the establishment of a long-term financing system for the use of advanced technologies specifically designed to answer food science issues, both on Nordic and European scale.

The Northern Lights on Food Network is currently led by researchers from LINXS Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science, MAX IV, Chalmers University of Technology, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Livsmedelsföretagen The Swedish Food Federation, iFOOD Aarhus University Centre for Innovative Food Research and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

For more information and to engage in this exciting network, please contact Selma Maric, MAX IV or Tommy NylanderLund University.

food on a plateNorthern Lights on Food Conference

When: 7 October, 12.00 – 9 October, 13.00
Where: Kulturen Auditorium, Tegnérsplatsen 6, 223 50 Lund
Deadline: Registration  Aug 20, Abstracts for Oral presentation June 18



chocolateNorthern Lights on Food Masterclass

When: 31 August – 4 September 2020
Who: All scientists new to X-ray and neutron methods

Registration opening soon on the LINXS web site!