Press invitation: Inauguration of MAX IV Laboratory – the world’s most modern synchrotron facility to make the invisible visible, 18–21 June

On 21 June, at 13:08:55 CET, when the sun peaks in the sky, it is time for Sweden to inaugurate its biggest ever investment in national research infrastructure – MAX IV Laboratory in Lund. Journalists are very welcome during all parts of the inauguration week to get a unique peek into the laboratory and its research.

The laboratory is the most modern synchrotron radiation facility in the world and will provide the most brilliant x-ray light to more than 2,000 researchers around the world who will come each year to make ground-breaking experiments in materials and life sciences. At the laboratory, you can study atoms and molecules that are only a few tenths of a nanometer in diameter, which provides researchers with completely new knowledge about the world and how it works. So far, the investment in the facility amounts to EUR 470 million.

Journalists are very welcome during all parts of the inauguration week which takes place 18– 21 June.

On 20 June there will be a special press briefing with the directors and researchers at the laboratory, which will include a special tour of the facility. Members of the press will also have the opportunity to meet researchers and participate in the research seminars during Science Day which takes place on the same day.

On 21 June it is time for the actual inauguration ceremony when the facility will be inaugurated by the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, in the presence of the King of Sweden, during a solemn and festive ceremony.

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A detailed programme is also available on

You are most welcome to see how MAX IV Laboratory makes the invisible visible, and we hope to see you in June for the inauguration of the brightest light in the world on the brightest day of the year in Sweden.


Tutti Johansson Falk, Head of communications, MAX IV Laboratory, +46766323326

Anna Johansson, Senior press officer, Lund University, +46709525251

About MAX IV:
Laboratory has operated successfully for more than 30 years and the construction of the new MAX IV synchrotron radiation facility in Lund was completed in 2016. Once all the beamlines are installed, the facility will welcome more than 2,000 researchers annually, from Sweden and the rest of the world, who will conduct research in areas such as materials science, structural biology, chemistry and nanotechnology. 200 people are currently employed at MAX IV Laboratory. MAX IV is the largest and most ambitious Swedish investment in national research infrastructure. It will become the brightest source of synchrotron radiation worldwide when inaugurated in June 2016. MAX IV Laboratory is a national research facility, hosted by Lund University. Learn more: IV

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