MAX IV University Reference Group – URG

The MAX IV University Reference Group (URG) was established to assist in creating an active and mutually beneficial collaboration with universities that have a strong involvement and interest in MAX IV Laboratory. The group, consulted by the MAX IV Management, acts as a forum for the co-ordination of MAX IV’s strategic planning and development with the strategic plans and developments within research, education and innovation of the universities.  URG has an important role in the dissemination of MAX IV related information within the universities.

URG particularly deals with issues related to MAX IV’s general scientific programme and the laboratory’s strategy plan, future beamlines and other large instrumentation, training and education at MAX IV Laboratory and the universities’ role in this area, schemes for scientific access to the MAX IV Laboratory facilities, formal collaborations between MAX IV Laboratory and universities, and collaborations in the area of outreach activities beyond the university environment.

The MAX IV Laboratory Board decides on the member universities of URG, following suggestions by the MAX IV Management. Each URG member university/consortium of universities can nominate 2 members to URG, which normally meets twice a year. The MAX IV University Reference Group reports to the Director of MAX IV who also approves nominated members. Once a year, the Chair of URG is invited to present the opinions of URG at a MAX IV Laboratory Board meeting.