Swedish Research Minister Matilda Ernkrans visiting MAX IV

Swedish Research Minister Matilda Ernkrans visiting MAX IV

Matilda Ernkrans, Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, did a tour of MAX IV as part of her visit to Lund on Tuesday 30 April.

“We are very happy to welcome the new Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research and show her the versatility of this facility and the broad use it has for Swedish and international researchers from universities and industry”, said Ian McNulty, Interim Director of MAX IV. “I look forward to continuing our discussion on future funding and developments with the shared ambition to keep Sweden at the forefront of synchrotron science.”

Ian McNulty, Interim Director and Pedro Fernandes Tavares, Accelerator Director discussing the evolution and future upgrades of storage rings at MAX IV with Swedish Research Minister, Matilda Ernkrans.

The tour included visits to beamlines BioMAX and Veritas where scientists from MAX IV explained the techniques being used and the areas of science that the beamline serves. “I have read a lot about MAX IV but being able to see this impressive facility and meet the scientists certainly gives a much deeper and broader understanding of the work being done here”, said Matilda Ernkrans, Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research.

Marjolein Thunnissen, Life Science Director explaining the experimental set up at BioMAX to Swedish Research Minister, Matilda Ernkrans.

Earlier this morning, Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research, announced that the government had decided to give an assignment to the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova to jointly coordinate national efforts for the European spallation source (ESS) and MAX IV as previously announced in connection with the national strategy for the ESS and the surrounding knowledge environment. The strategy (Swedish only) can be downloaded here.