Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson. Image from
Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson said that “Advanced research in materials and life sciences is essential for tackling our major social challenges. ESS and MAX IV in Lund are two internationally unique research infrastructure facilities. But to become an internationally leading centre, we need clearer objectives, more efficient coordination and an overarching vision. This is why the Government has drawn up an ESS strategy,”

Energy, food, pharmaceutical products and packaging are some of the important fields of research in which the European Spallation Source (ESS) and MAX IV could provide scientific breakthroughs. In a written communication to the Riksdag, the Government has now presented a national strategy for Sweden’s work at the research facilities. The strategy will strengthen action, increase and broaden engagement, and create long-term conditions for relevant actors – higher education institutions, research funders and the business sector. The Government will follow up the strategy through instructions to relevant government agencies.

What the Government wants:

  • Research at ESS and MAX IV will help us tackle our major societal and environmental challenges.
  • ESS will be a climate-smart facility for world-leading materials research.
  • ESS and MAX IV efforts should be coordinated to ensure increased synergy effects.
  • Knowledge-building and skills supply will be reinforced in fields that are relevant for ESS and MAX IV.
  • An ESS Secretariat and a strategic council (advising the Government) will be established for better national coordination of Swedish efforts.
  • Increased participation from the business sector in ESS and MAX IV.
  • ESS and MAX IV will help to increase interest in educational programmes in natural sciences and technology.
  • ESS and MAX IV will help promote Sweden as a knowledge nation.

The strategy is based on the Government’s research policy objectives. The ambition is to strengthen independent research while linking research policy to the global social challenges that are relevant to our society – the climate and environment, health and increasing digital transformation.