MAX IV strategy 2023–2030

The process of developing the MAX IV strategy for 2023–2030 has started. Now we will solicit the input of our community for the full strategy to be finalised in the spring of 2022. On this page, you will be able to find information about the process, time plans and contact details – everything you need to take part. This webpage will be updated continuously, and any major changes in process or plans will also be communicated via news items or similar.

This strategy process seeks to initiate a discussion with the MAX IV research community, with its national stakeholders foremost. 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.

Two components of the work

The strategy work has two main components:

1) The strategy, which sets out a vision, mission, and important topical directions, such as the transformative science areas, industrial use, and cross-cutting topics. A first draft to invite community input has been prepared as part of an operations budget request to the Swedish Research Council (link to document below).

2) The development roadmap, which will detail a timeline for potential new and upgraded major instruments and e-infrastructure through 2030. This will be worked out together with the MAX IV community.

Draft of the strategy

The first draft for community input can be downloaded here


Approximate time plan and activities

May–Sep Strategic workshops around specific beamline or major instrument proposals.
26–28 Oct MAX IV User meeting (UM 2021). The user meeting will host several workshops about scientific opportunities at MAX IV and relating to the overall strategy, including potential new beamline or other major instrument proposals. Satellite workshops are also planned.
18th Nov Deadline for submission beamline/instrument proposals or “expressions of intent” for this year (expect a call every year). Proposals will go through an evaluation process and checks for feasibility before entering the roadmap. Please note this does not mean that they are funded, just that they have been deemed feasible and in line with the strategy. Expect details on how these should be shaped and evaluated within a month or two on this page, the proposals are expected to be succinct (2-3 pages).
Nov–March 2022 Work on the first full version of strategy and roadmap based on contributions, the overall work and the feedback from the UM 2021.
March–May Collect external stakeholder input, and execute communications/activities connected to the research bill.
June–Aug Submit strategic plan + roadmap to Board for approval



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