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.

MAX IV Industrial Reference Group – IRG

MAX IV Laboratory is committed to actively engaging with industry and catering for its needs by providing customised and reliable access to the MAX IV synchrotron X-ray sources and beamlines. For this purpose, MAX IV seeks input and advice from the MAX IV Industrial Reference Group (IRG).

IRG members represent the industries that are the most relevant from a user perspective, as well as the different interfaces by which industry can access the laboratory, e.g. institutes, mediator companies, and universities and their industrial research centres.

Particular areas for the reference group to consider include the relevance to industry of the scientific programmes at MAX IV Laboratory, the relevance to industry of specific beamlines, schemes for industrial access, and outreach to industry and society, including increasing awareness of the facility.

Members of the MAX IV Industrial Reference Group are appointed by the Director of MAX IV Laboratory for a 3-year period and may be reappointed once. The group, which normally meets twice a year, reports to the MAX IV Director responsible for Industrial Relations. Once a year, the IRG Chair is offered the opportunity to present the group’s findings at a MAX IV Laboratory Board meeting.