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MAX IV seminar and site visits to SciLifeLab Gothenburg.

In March 2024, MAX IV representatives visited the SciLifeLab Gothenburg site to give a seminar and to visit research infrastructures.

During the seminar, an introduction to InfraLife was given before focusing on describing what MAX IV is, case examples of life science research, structural biology capabilites and how to get access and make connections. The majority of attendees were from academia and healthcare, with some industry also in attendance. From 67% of attendees not knowing what a synchrotron was before the seminar to about 60% envisaging a possibility to conduct their research at MAX IV by the end, this was a nice metric to see (done using Menti).

Claire Lyons giving examples of life science applications at MAX IV.

“Asking the audience questions before and after the seminar was a great way to gauge the level of existing knowledge of the audience, get to know each other and assess if the information presented was relevant and useful.”


Integrated structural biology is a platform at SciLifeLab that already has established connections to MAX IV, but during this visit connections were strengthened by meeting with Cecilia Persson and Göran Karlsson in person and continuing discussions about future collaborations. Cecilia gave the MAX IV representatives a tour of the Swedish NMR centre, explaining the research that can be done using NMR inlcuding structural biology and metabolomics and how users access the facility. 


Outside the Swedish NMR Centre in Gothenburg.
Mammalian Protein Expression site visit.

The Mammalian Protein Expression (MPE) is a local core facility at Univeristy of Gothenburg that offers production of recombinant proteins using mammalian cells. MPE is part of a national research infrastructure called Protein Production Sweden (PPS) which has 7 labs in Sweden producing and purifying recombinant proteins using different expression systems. Although MPE and PPS are not part of SciLifeLab, they are utilised by mutiple platforms and by users of MAX IV and ESS. 


Julia Fernandaz-Rodriguez showed the extensive range of microscopes available at the Centre for Cellular Imaging (CCI), which integrates both light and electron microscopy. The facility is open to all users from academia and industry with Julia highlighting that the staff at CCI provide training for all users, depending on their experience level, and can assist with planning and analysing experiments.

Julia Fernandez Rodriguez showing the SciLifeLab imaging facility in Gothenburg.
Magnus Larsson presenting access paths to using MAX IV.
Tobias Krojer explaining the FragMAX set up for drug discovery.

If you would like to know more about the infrastructure at SciLifeLab Gothenburg, please contact Maria Smedh, Site Coordinator ( If you would like to know more about MAX IV, please contact Claire Lyons, InfraLife Project Coordinator at the MAX IV Industrial Relations Office ( 

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