ESS and MAX IV: Collaboration and Coordination for Better Science

May 31, 2017
Common Goals.
The European Spallation Source and MAX IV Laboratory signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding today that will underpin short- and long-term cooperation between the two neighbours.
ABOVE: Christoph Quitmann (l), Director of MAX IV Laboratory and John Womersley, Director General of the European Spallation Source ERIC, signing the Memorandum of Understanding, May 31, 2017. PHOTO: MAX IV Laboratory
LUND—At today’s MAX IV Board meeting, the European Spallation Source (ESS) and MAX IV Laboratory signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will underpin several collaborations between the two neighbours. While there has been cooperation between ESS and Max IV before, the new MoU aims to identify and formalise areas of institutional-level cooperation both in the short and long term in various areas including scientific proposals, user coordination and facilities management.
“We are convinced that further enhancement of our ongoing collaboration will bring more and better science from these two research facilities for many years to come,” says John Womersley, ESS Director General, who was present for the signing. “The duration of the MoU is 10 years, which shows our dedication and seriousness in creating a world-leading science hub here in Lund.”
The MoU has three main goals:
  • To establish scientific collaboration in materials and life science, exploiting complementarity between X-rays and neutrons;
  • To exploit synergies in building, operating, and maintaining large research infrastructures;
  • To coordinate activities to meet the users’ needs concerning reception, transportation, lodging, education and training, safety, publications, etc.
“Our common opportunities and challenges provide a good foundation for a long-term coordination of activities,” says Christoph Quitmann, Director of MAX IV Laboratory. “This will benefit not only the facilities but, more importantly, will benefit the scientists using MAX IV and ESS when doing outstanding science, and will eventually benefit society as it takes advantage of all the knowledge created.”
Team Henning Larsen Architects' 2014 visualisation of ESS, MAX IV and Science Village. IMAGE: Team Henning Larsen
Another common interest is the future use of the area situated between the facilities, owned and managed by Science Village Scandinavia AB (SVS). The purpose of SVS is to develop the area in a way that supports the facilities and their scientific goals. This is of great importance to both ESS and MAX IV, and providing input to SVS on the needs of the facilities and their users will be imperative for a successful development.
The MAXESS joint visitor's centre at the old mill situated between the two facilities. PHOTO: ESS