Research facilities in Sweden

Sweden has major research facilities spread throughout the country, from particle accelerators such as ESS and MAX IV in Lund in the south, to ground-based space research facilities such as the Onsala Space Observatory near Göteborg and EISCAT, based in Kiruna in the far north.

European Spallation Source, ESS

The multi-disciplinary research facility ESS, based on the world’s most powerful neutron source, will enable scientific breakthroughs in a wide range of areas, such as environment, health, materials and energy. ESS is a European partnership, with member countries all over Europe that have committed to collectively build and operate the world’s leading facility for research using neutrons. The facility is currently under construction in Lund, Sweden, and will deliver world-class science from 2023.

Photo: Roger Eriksson/ESS

Photo: Roger Eriksson/ESS

MAX IV Laboratory

MAX IV Laboratory is a Swedish national laboratory providing scientists with the most brilliant X-rays for research, making it possible to develop new materials and products that we cannot even imagine today. The MAX Laboratory has been in operation for more than 35 years, and construction of the new synchrotron facility was completed in 2016. It is hosted by Lund University, and is now the brightest source of x-rays in the world. MAX IV makes the invisible visible.