The board at MAX IV on 4 September appointed Ian McNulty as Interim Director of the MAX IV Laboratory. Since March, McNulty has been physical science director of the laboratory and he succeeds Christoph Quitmann, who has been the director of the laboratory since 2012.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” says Chairman Marianne Sommarin. Now the MAX IV management and the board need to fully focus on the action plan that the board is in the process of developing.
The assignment of developing an action program due to delays in the beamline project will be completed on 6 September and will then be submitted to the Lund University Management. The board is working intensively with it and will also include the MAX IV management, including Ian McNulty, in this work. The board will also start the process of recruiting a new director of MAX IV.
MAX IV is Sweden’s largest investment in research infrastructure and a flagship in Swedish research. Since the inauguration in 2016, the accelerator project has been successfully completed and brilliant light is produced in the machine.
The progress of the beamline projects differ in terms of planning and construction and have different schedules for when they are to be put into operation. A total of 16 beamlines are funded to date, three beamlines are operational and receive users, and two more are in the final phase when commissioning experts make the final calibration before researchers take them into use.
Christoph Quitmann has been the director of MAX IV since 2012. His resignation was submitted when the Swedish Research Council reported serious deficiencies in project management in the beamline projects.
– Christoph Quitmann has been a great ambassador for MAX IV during his years as director. He has taken responsibility for the criticisms of the delays in the beamline project by handing over to a new management and I respect that decision, says Torbjörn von Schantz, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University.