The national project SWEbeams has over the last year gathered some 300 different stakeholders from business, research institutes and academia for workshops and meetings in order to gather proposals on how the potential of ESS and MAX IV can be realized. SWEbeams complements and expands on the Swedish governments national strategy for ESS (published May -18). SWEbeams is through this work developing a solid foundation for future efforts in this field.
The project has identified opportunities and needs in relation to the Swedens main challenges in regard to ESS and MAX IV and their research- and innovation arena. From these needs and opportunities five main strands of tasks have been set out:
- Develop and execute a national implementation plan for ESS and MAX IV
- Stimulate use and excellence
- Enhanced cooperation
- Attract international talent and business
- Develop the research and innovation arena.
For every strand there are multiple recommendations and actionable tasks. The final report presented 37 recommendations and proposed measures for how the Swedish Government’s national strategy for ESS can be translated into concrete actions.
With regard to Science Village, the final report notes. among other things, that:
The research and innovation arena for ESS and MAX IV, Science Village, must fulfil two fundamental functions. Firstly, it must be an vital and attractive environment that facilitates continuous dialogue and cooperation between stakeholders in materials and life science, and that gives appeal to the arena – what is known as the ‘science park function’. Secondly, it must provide an appropriate physical environment with facilities for offices, laboratories, training and innovation activities, as well as accommodation, services, shops, conferences and meetings, transport, infrastructure etc.