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Light is returning

A new year is here and with that the light slowly returns to Sweden. It also means that we move into more regular user operations at several beamlines at MAX IV. First up are BioMAX, HIPPIE and NanoMAX who welcomed users already in December 2017 and are ramping up user access over the next moths. 

The next phase will be a call open to commissioning experts for the beamlines Bloch, FinEstBeAMS and Species. Keep an eye on the Open Calls page for further information.

The MAX IV Laboratory can dedicate 2% of its overall beamtime to the MAX IV Educational Platform. This means that if you have a university course or training workshop that could benefit from beamtime at MAX IV you can submit a proposal for obtaining such beamtime. Read more here!

MAX IV Science Strategy 2025+

During 2018 MAX IV is developing a Science Strategy looking to 2025 and beyond. The purpose of the work is to adopt our structures to move from instrument building to science delivery. We need to set science priorities, build up proper support activities, engage and recruite more and the best users. In addition we need to build the in-house culture to engage staff for work with users and in-house research. The ultimate goal is to align and focus all efforts to support excellent science. To do this, input from users and other stakeholders is essential. We will get back to you on this soon!

First paper published

The first day of user data collections at the BioMAX beamline at MAX IV has now resulted in the first scientific publication and the first three-dimensional structure of a protein deposited in the international protein data bank. The first publication by researchers from Aarhus University presents a new method for solving protein structures of challenging samples but the method can also be used for labelling proteins to make it possible to follow them in cells using imaging methods.

New funding

MAX IV Laboratory has received not only operations budget for 2019–2023 but also several new investments.

  • 100 million SEK from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for the investment in a new beamline, ForMAX, designed to serve both academia and industry. The new beamline is tailor-made for solving research questions related to materials from wood and will be a part of the transition to a bioeconomy. The operational costs of ForMAX are funded through Treesearch, a national platform for research on wood-based new materials initiated in cooperation with academia, industry, private foundations and the Swedish government. 

  • 10 million SEK from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and 17 million SEK from Stockholm University, Uppsala University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Lund University to write a Conceptual Design Report for a Soft X-ray Laser at MAX IV.

  • 255 million DKK from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to build and operate the MicroMAX beamline which will be revolutionary in the areas of membrane proteins and molecular complexes where it is often only possible to obtain very small crystals that have been too small to allow structural studies. 

  • 1,2  million € from the FINMAX consortium, consisting of University of Oulu, University of Turku, Tampere University of Technology and University of Helsinki, as a contribution to the operations cost including a dedicated beamline scientist at FinEstBeAMS.

MAX IV team is growing

During the last months we have welcomed about 25 employees, either new to the facility or on new positions within the laboratory.

MAX IV will continue recruiting and if you are interested in being part of a great team, working at the world-leading synchrotron facility bookmark this page!


The 30th MAX IV Laboratory User Meeting will take place at the Scandic Star Hotel in Lund 24–26 September 2018. Stay tuned by revisiting this page.


MAX IV is part of a new collaboration called SWEbeams, which has the goal to create a world-leading platform for research, innovation and collaboration based on the potential of ESS and MAX IV.


MAX IV is part of LEAPS - the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources. Its primary goal is to actively and constructively ensure and promote the quality and impact of the fundamental, applied and industrial research carried out at synchrotron and FEL facilities to the greater benefit of European science and society.


MAX IV will take part at the Big Science Business Forum 2018. This is Europe’s new one-stop-shop for companies and stakeholders on the Big Science market and it will take place 26–28 February 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Registration is open!

Summer School

The next MAX IV summer school is being organized by MAX IV and Chalmers University, 21–29 May.

The aim of the school is to provide graduate students with a good  understanding of synchrotron facilities and why are they such a useful tool for research. To that end, the students will attend  lectures, do exercises and hands-on sessions at MAX IV.

More information will be available here end of January.

Katarina Jacobsson is our new Administrative Director. She has a solid background working in high-technology companies, most recently from Tetra Pak. 

Ian McNulty is our new Science Director. Ian comes from a position as Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago and will be full time at MAX IV in the second half of 2018.

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