MAX IV Laboratory continue with the annual practice aiming at contributing to motivate, empower and connect young researchers who will become our future scientists. Two awards has been established to recognize the outstanding work of young researchers, students and PhDs, whose research has been, fully or partially, performed at MAX IV Laboratory.

The MAX IV Student Poster award was established in 2010. The award included a monetary prize, the equivalent of 5000 SEK and the opportunity to present the awarded work during the user meeting.  The award has been sponsored  by SPECS.

The MAX IV PhD Thesis award was first established in 2013. The awardee is invited to give an oral presentation at the plenary session. The award consisted of a unique statuette created at MAX IV (the MAX-Lab Oscar). Since 2019 a monetary price, the equivalent of 5000 SEK, has became part of the award. In 2019, the special sponsorship from Dectris resulted in 8000 SEK for the awardee.

You can find below how to get involved and become eligible for the awards:

MAX IV Students Science 2020

MAX IV PhD Thesis Award 2020

We love and need to learn from each other

In 2020 we have introduced in the participation/registration form a section with three text areas. We have formulated three aspects which we believe are relevant not only for your career but ultimately for the future and purpose of MAX IV:

  1. Is there any aspect, for example technical, instrumental, methods theory background, etc, from which your research would greatly benefit of the MAX IV unique photon source properties such as high coherence, high flux, low emittance? (think ‘awe factor’)
  2. How would you describe is the potential impact of your research, whether direct or indirect, short or long term, specific science or global challenge?
  3. What would be the question that you think is most relevant to ask about your research at MAX IV and how would you answer it?


These are mandatory fields to rise a bit your awareness of them, however they are not mandatory for the participation in the clips sessions neither for being eligible for the awards. This implies that you just need to enter any text on each of them, however we wish you get inspired and share your educated or/and visionary thoughts and wishes.

With whom your comments would be share and how? With the user meeting participants and from the registration page. The details will be communicated to you in advance.

Would you need some more time to consider, reflect and maybe share your thoughts in another circle? That would also serve the purpose of this exercise.

MAX IV User Meeting awardees



The MAX IV User Meeting awardees are listed below.
Note: We greatly appreciate your feedback to complete this table.

Awarded NameResearchAwarded AfiliationAwardUser Meeting year
Xiaocui WangTime‐Resolved Diffraction Studies of Structural Dynamics in SolidsLund. Faculty of Engineering, LTHMAX IV PhD Thesis awardDeveloping MAX IV: with the users, for the users2019
Susanna HammarbergStrain mapping of nanowire device using scanning XRDNano LundMAX IV Student Poster awardDeveloping MAX IV: with the users, for the users2019
Niclas JohanssonSynchrotron-based in situ electron spectroscopy applied to oxide formation and catalysisLund University. MAX IV PhD Thesis awardCoherent Visions2018
Isabella Silva BarretoNano-imaging of mineralization in developing long bones using XRF an WAXSLund UniversityMAX IV Student Poster awardCoherent Visions2018
Jonas EngqvistMechanical behaviour of glassy polymers: experiments and modellingLund University. Department of Construction Sciences. Solid MechanicsMAX IV PhD Thesis award29th MAX IV User Meeting2017
Katarina KoruzaMAX IV Student Poster award29th MAX IV User Meeting2017
MAX IV Inauguration2016
Wael AwadGlypican-1: Structural and functional analysis of the N-glycosylated human proteinLund UniversityMAX IV PhD Thesis awardLooking back... & fordward2015
Kirsten Ørnsbjerg JensenWatching Materials Form:
Particle Formation and Growth in
Hydrothermal Synthesis
Aarhus UniversityMAX IV PhD Thesis awardNordic X-Ray Science Days2014
Ditte Hededam WelnerStructural Studies of a NAC Transcription FactorDept. of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.MAX IV PhD Thesis awardOne thousand and one nights2013
Tomas StankevicNiels Bohr InstituteMAX IV Student Poster awardOne thousand and one nights2013
Olesia Snezhkova Electron spectroscopy study of adsorption of Iron phthalcocyanine on bare and nitrogenated Cu(111)Lund UniversityMAX IV Student Poster award24th MAX IV Annual User Meeting2011