On April 6, Christian Lindfors takes up the role of CEO of Science Village Scandinavia AB. He joins the company from Tyréns AB, where he held the position of Regional Director South.
“It feels like I have been preparing for this role for much of my professional life,” says Christian Lindfors. “The Science Village area is like a bridge between trade and industry and research, and my background in civil engineering, combined with my Ph.D. and time as a representative of trade and industry within academia, have been ideal preparation for the challenges that lie ahead.”
An exciting time awaits
The research facilities in the area are scaling up their operations, ESS will be open to researchers within a few years, and MAX IV currently has 16 funded beamlines, 11 of which are open to users. Things are also moving apace in central Science Village. In December the first tramway route will begin serving the area, and Lund Science Center is gearing up its organisation for the creation of southern Sweden’s largest Science Center. In a new report from Vinnova, the Science Village company has also been identified as a key figure in the establishment of a national technology park function connected to the two facilities.
“It will be extremely interesting to be part of the creation of a global knowledge ecosystem in Science Village. We want to have two world-leading research facilities (ESS and MAX IV) that result in significant scientific gains internationally while also creating value nationally and regionally. At a time when Swedish and international trade and industry is searching for platforms for future development, we want to be the partner who provides a bridge and offers support and new opportunities,” says Christian Lindfors.
ProNano and LTH’s NanoLab take forward steps
The month of March has also delivered positive news for Science Village, Lund University and RISE. Lund University’s Faculty of Engineering (LTH) has decided to proceed with the establishment of NanoLab Science Village, and RISE has initiated the process of building a first version of ProNano. The small-scale nano factory will initially be located in Max-lab’s old premises, to be followed by a larger scale establishment in Science Village at a later stage.
“Christian’s experience from Swedish trade and industry, public administration and the academic world feels extremely important for the area as a whole. He possesses a wide range of knowledge from his professional life, and the company will benefit greatly from what he has to offer,” says Bengt Holgersson, Chairman of the Board of Science Village Scandinavia AB.