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MAX IV is in the process of developing a science-driven strategy to guide the development of the laboratory through the next decade. MAX IV submitted a first draft strategy and proposed operations budget for 2023–2030 to the Swedish Research Council (VR) in March 2021 at its request, to guide decisions on future operations funding of the laboratory. The current thrust of the strategic process is to engage the community in the development of a full science-driven strategy, to be finalised by autumn of 2022.

The aim of the strategy process is to deepen the discussion with the MAX IV research community, and foremost national stakeholders. Our goal is to set a strategic course for producing high-impact science and ensuring that MAX IV stays at the forefront as a Swedish national user facility through the next decade.

The strategy work has two main components

1) The Strategy document, which will articulate a vision, mission, and compelling topical directions such as transformative science, industrial applications, and cross-cutting techniques. A first draft to invite community input has been prepared as part of an operations budget request to the Swedish Research Council.

2) A development Roadmap document, which will detail a timeline for potential new and upgraded major instruments and infrastructure through the next decade. This will be worked out together with the MAX IV community. Major infrastructure items in this are defined via the Expression of Interest call process, with a deadline repeated yearly after the User Meeting, at least until 2023. All information about the proposed process is in the Roadmap call for contributions page.


In the current step, we are working towards a second draft of the Strategy document. We expect a third major draft in spring together with a first draft of the roadmap for inspection by the community, with at least one more Roadmap draft for input expected before they both are brought up for approval by the MAX IV board. The drafts will be made available publicly on this page. The user community is expected to take part in creating the drafts and will also receive them for feedback. There is a subpage to this one where we gather information about relevant workshops and meetings ongoing related to the strategy and/or roadmap work. For more information on the writing, please see the feedback and writing process page.


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Approximate time plan and activities coming up


FebSecond draft of the Strategy document only (not the Roadmap) updated taking into account the feedback received before the summer from the community and updates from communities working with specific sections.
March-AprStrategy document (Third Draft) and first Roadmap draft together based on contributions, and the feedback from the UM 2021.
March–MayCollect external stakeholder input, and execute communications/activities connected to the research bill.
June–AugSubmit Strategy Document (Final Draft) + second Roadmap draft to The MAX IV Board for approval

How the work is organised within MAX IV

The work is coordinated by a managing group which includes the MAX IV Director, the division heads and a few supporting staff. In addition to the smaller managing group, there is a larger core group comprised of key staff at MAX IV. The responsibility of the core group is to coordinate and advise on specific topics, such as transformative science areas, cross cutting topics and other major items. The managing group meets weekly and the managing and core croup in plenum biweekly. Different members are the main persons responsible for coordinating contributions within certain areas, currently:

Martin StankovskiOverall
CoordinatorTransformative Science Section
Åke AnderssonAccelerator Science
Andrey ShavorskiyEnergy Technologies and Materials
Marjolein ThunissenHealth and Medicine
Noelle Walsh*, Kajsa Sigfridsson Clauss,
and Kim Nygård
Tackling Environmental Challenges
Balasubramanian ThiagarajanQuantum and Advanced Materials
Pedro Fernandes TavaresUltrafast science
CoordinatorTransverse Topic
Zdenek MatejData handling and AI & ML
Ann TerryDynamics
Karina ThånellImaging
Magnus LarssonMAX IV and Industry

* Main contact person
Feel free to contact these should you wish to contribute to a particular section. When in doubt contact the Overall coordinator Martin Stankovski, or send a request to the strategy e-mail.

Page manager: Emelie Hilner September 9, 2022