European Spallation Source becomes public limited company
The ESS Scandinavia Secretariat today becomes a Swedish public limited company, European Spallation Source ESS AB.
Today, the Swedish Government announced the transformation of the ESS Secretariat into a public limited company under Swedish company law. At an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting, held in Stockholm, the European Spallation Source ESS AB was set up.
The European Spallation Source will be the world’s leading research centre for materials and life sciences with neutrons, and will be built in Lund in southern Sweden.
Until now, ESS has been a Secretariat at Lund University. During the coming months, the ESS activities will be transferred gradually to ESS AB. The object of the ESS AB activities will be to plan, design, finance, construct, own, manage, operate and maintain the research facility European Spallation Source.
- This is the start of a new, exciting phase in the ESS project, which will lead to its construction as a broad international partnership. We warmly thank Lund University for nurturing the ESS Scandinavia bid for almost ten years now, says Colin Carlile, Director of ESS.
Sven Landelius, the former CEO of the Öresund Bridge Consortium, will be the Chairman of the ESS AB Board of Directors. The Board today takes over the formal supervision of ESS activities. The other members of the Board are:
Katarina Bjelke, Director General, Ministry of Education
Lars Börjesson, Secretary General for Research Infrastructure, Swedish Research Council
Per Eriksson, Rector, Lund University
Lena Gustafsson, Deputy Director-General, Swedish Innovation Authority (Vinnova)
Today ESS AB is fully owned by the Swedish State. Once the company is established, parts of the State’s shareholding can be sold to other partners.
Fourteen partner countries are today represented in the ESS Steering Committee. The Steering Committee deals with issues concerning research areas, costing, in kind contributions, scientific and technological management and human resources policy.