13 December 2019—Lund University has appointed the Board for the research facility MAX IV for the period 1 Jan 2020 through 31 December 2022. Peter Honeth has been named Chairman of the Board.

“Peter Honeth is a very experienced person who is well known both within academia and in politics, and therefore an excellent fit to lead the work of the Board at MAX IV,” says Lund University Vice-Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz.

Peter Honeth was the Head of Administration and Administration Director at Lund University between 1990 and 2006, years which were key for planning the advent of both MAX IV and ESS in Lund. Honeth has closely followed these research infrastructure projects during his tenure as State Secretary of Higher Education and Research in the Swedish Ministry of Education from 2006-2014. Earlier this year, he also proposed a special assignment for Lund University to advance the question of future strategy for MAX IV at the national level.

“MAX IV has developed very positively, which is reflected in a recent evaluation by the Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet. We are now working to develop MAX IV longterm so that the facility will in the future remain absolutely worldclass,” says Peter Honeth.

In addition to Peter Honeth, the following persons have been appointed members of the Board for MAX IV between 1 Jan 2020 and 31 December 2022:

– Torbjörn Holmström, Volvo Group
– Ingmar Persson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU (new)
– Massimo Altarelli, EuXFEL/Max Planck Institute, Germany (new)
– Paula Eerola, University of Helsinki, Finland (new)
– Anna Sandström, Astra Zeneca
– Stacey Sörensen, Lund University, (new)
– Lise Arleth, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (new)
– Aleksandar Matic, Chalmers University of Technology, (new)

Proposals for Board members have been developed by a group of representatives from Lund University and the Swedish Research Council as well as the University Reference Group for Research Infrastructures (URFI). Peter Honeth succeeds Marianne Sommarin for the post of Chairman of the Board.

MAX IV was inaugurated in 2016 and is Sweden’s largest and most ambitious investment in research infrastructure. The specially designed magnetic technology used in the facility generates very intense light which makes MAX IV world-leading among synchrotron light sources. Researchers within, for example, biology, physics, chemistry, environmental science, geology, technology, and medicine use the technology, which provides opportunities for new discoveries and products within materials, medicine, environment, and more.

Once at full capacity, the facility will host approximately 26 beamlines which steer synchrotron light to the experimental stations. As of November 2019, 12 beamlines have taken light — more than previously attained during the years of MAX Lab.

MAX IV has many financiers which contribute funding to different aspects of the facility: the Swedish Research Council, Lund University, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Vinnova, Region Skåne, and 11 Swedish universities. The facility is also supported by Danish, Finnish, and Estonian funding. The Director of MAX IV is Ian McNulty.


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