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Lab and Beyond

Publicerad: 19 December, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

Skånemotor (Johan Wester), Folke Rydén Produktion and Science Village have embarked upon a joint initiative to develop 100 ideas for the development of Science Village and the surrounding area. The project, Laband Beyond, is intended to identify good ideas in a number of different fields; from cultural content in the district to welcome packages for visitors, on to interventions in the urban environment and content ideas for the planned Science Centre.

Learn more at The Lab and Beyond here.

Architectural design competition for new Science Centre underway

Publicerad: 19 December, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

Science Village has been tasked with establishing a science centre within Science Village. This new centre will provide apedagogical window on ESS and MAX IV and will explain the technologies andresearch at both facilities. The centre will also be home to a number of other exhibitions aimed at giving a broad view of the scientific enquiry andinnovation being conducted in Lund and Skåne. The planned centre will cover an area of between 5,000 and 6,000 m2 and will also present extensive programmed activities linked to exhibitions.

“A Science Centre of this scale will be able to offer something for everybody, from experiment stations for visiting eighth-grade classes to major themed exhibitions for an older public, as well as events in the form of lecture series and science shows,” says Peter Andersson, development manager for the new Science Centre at Science Village.

An architectural design competition was announced earlier in the autumn. The first phase – the submission of expressions of interest – is now closed and it was pleasing to receive applications from over 40 architectural practices. The four architectural practices chosen to progress in the competition will be notified in mid-January. It is planned for the competition to commence in the second half of January.

Once the proposals have been submitted in April, a Winner will be chosen; only then will the names of the finalists be revealed to the jury. The winning proposal will form the basis for the new building.

Lund University at Science Village

Publicerad: 19 December, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

During the autumn, Lund University’s drafting committeeLU@SVS prepared a more detailed proposal for how some of the university’s operations might be established at Science Village. After a thoroughinvestigation, including study visits and meetings with a wide range of stakeholder groups, at the end of November LU@SVS published its final report.

This report advanced two possible alternatives: Alternative A was to refrain under the present circumstances from any establishment at Science Village, while Alternative B was to commence work to establish operations in the area. On 14 December, the University Board adopted Alternative B and a project group has now been activated to move this workforward.

“In a first phase, we will be looking at how research activities with a close link to MAX IV and ESS, together with supportfunctions, can be moved out. This affects large parts of the Department of Physics, parts of the Department of Chemistry, CMU, Linxs, Lunarc and parts of Mechanical Engineering/Electrical and Information Technology. Initially we expect second and third-cycle study programmes to be conducted there. This phase will affect in the region of 600 people. However, there remain many issues regarding any transfer of first-cycle study programmes, which will require further investigation.” Torbjörn von Schantz in the Vice-Chancellor’s Blog (read the full post {in Swedish)

Naturally, Science Village looks extremely positively on Lund University’s ambition to move closer geographically to both MAX IV and ESS – this is in line with our vision of a Science Village in which academia, the business community and the general public will work side by side.

The Bridge Summit

Publicerad: 19 December, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

The Bridge is a platform that gathers stakeholders from academia, the private and public sectors and research environments throughout Skåne and eastern Denmark. The aim of The Bridge is to generate solutions to the major global challenges of the age. The Bridge Summit 2019 will take placeon 30-31 January 2019 at Studio in Malmö, with a full programme of events.

In its role as a partner, Science Village is pleased to offer a discounted registration fee of SEK 2,000 (normal price SEK 3,500) – use your discount here. Learn more about the Bridge Summit here. See you there!

SWEbeams delivers final report

Publicerad: 6 September, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

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.

Download the final report from SWEbeams to the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova here (in Swedish)

Download the Swedish Government’s National Strategy for ESS here (in Swedish)


Culture night – the opening of Odarslöv Mill in Science Village

Publicerad: 6 September, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

The carpenters having completed their work some time ago, Odarslöv Mill now has sails and paint. On 15 September we will take the opportunity to open the newly renovated, and beautiful, mill, as well as highlight the area’s long agricultural tradition and spend a full day celebrating the miller’s art.

At 13:00 on Saturday 15/9 we will be holding an informal opening ceremony for the old post mill. However, activities will be underway at 09:00. During the day, there will be cultural heritage lectures, mill tours and grinding by the miller from Lilla Harrie Valskvarn. Coffee will be served together with tastings of historic breads designed by Broder Jakob’s Artisan Bakery to celebrate the occasion.

Science Village staff will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions about the area’s development.


Detail plan approved – preparations now underway to break ground!

Publicerad: 6 September, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

I am delighted to announce that 2019 will see cranes erected for the construction of Science Village, with the first tenants moving in during 2021. With the approval of the first detail plan for Science Village, next year Wihlborgs and Skanska will be able to begin work on the first two buildings in the area. Both buildings will provide vital support functions for ESS and MAX IV in the form of accommodation for visiting researchers, meeting facilities and restaurants.

Both Wihlborgs’ Space and Skanska’s The Loop are fine examples of everything that Science Village can and will become. Because the fact is that Big Science is contagious; ESS and MAX IV, with their world-class technologies, will attract not only visiting researchers in need of accommodation, food and entertainment, it will also attract innovative businesses, students and qualified jobs that will help Lund, Skåne and Sweden to grow.

With the capacity and appeal of ESS and MAX IV behind it, Science Village is now taking shape. Already in the first detail plan it is easy to discern the nature of the district; a place for academia, business and the general public. Here, a concert goer will eat dinner beside a British research team, a curious school class will share the tram with a director of research and a visiting researcher at ESS will prepare samples together with Swedish colleagues. This is what Science Village is all about, and that is just the beginning.

With good prospects,

Ulrika Lindmark, CEO, Science Village Scandinavia AB

Clear sign for the detailed plan

Publicerad: 7 August, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

The national government gives clearance to the detailed plan for Science Village. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s study has given answers to the questions that have been asked. Work on the development of Science Village can now be intensified.

Link to more information

The Zoning plan work

Publicerad: 16 April, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

The first zoning plan for Science Village, covering the central area around Rydbergs Torg and the tram stop, covers six construction rights for six buildings, two of which have been sold to Skanska and Wihlborgs respectively.

The zoning plan is awaiting a decision by the Government before entering into force. This decision is expected as soon as the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has submitted its recommendations on the scope of the emergency preparedness zone around ESS. These recommendations have been promised during May.

A further zoning plan is also on its way. This covers the possibility for two nano-laboratories with associated offices, as well as a further 10,000 m2 of office buildings and a parking garage. Lund University is planning to relocate its Nano Lab to Science Village. ProNano, a pilot production facility for commercial nano-products, is also in the planning stage.

This zoning plan is currently out for consultation until the end of May and is expected to be ready during the autumn of this year.

The Science Center project engages architects

Publicerad: 16 April, 2018 av Peter Andersson |

The Science Center project has begun work on programme documentation and documentation for an architectural competition. Together with architects, the Science Center building’s fundamental character and location will be concretized. This work includes the description of the various functions within the building and the future organisation, as well as how these should be located spatially in relation to one another. One important element in this analysis is the assessment of how various target groups are expected to move around the building.

It is planned to hold the architectural competition during autumn 2018, subsequent to a prequalification round. The winning proposal will form the basis for the municipality’s zoning planning activities during 2019.

The Science Center project and Science Village will have a small exhibition in Stadshallen Lab during certain periods in May and June. There is considerable interest in our plans and this is a way for us to meet a broader public.