External Networks

Lund University is active in a number of organisations and initiatives that promote the development of the food sector. This includes science parks, cluster organisations, research institutes, and public authorities and bodies.

Science Village Scandinavia

Science Village Scandinavia – a world-class science village. The decision to build the European Spallation Source (ESS) and synchrotron facility MAX IV Laboratory in Lund has made the region attractive and highly visible on the European research map. ESS is one of the largest ever research and technology infrastructure projects. It is a multidisciplinary research centre based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. MAX IV is a laboratory with a very high research capacity. The accelerator at MAX IV produces X-ray beams of very high intensity and quality. Around 1,000 researchers from around the world will visit the lab each year to use the X-ray beams in their scientific research.

The aim of Science Village Scandinavia is to be an innovative element with an emphasis on the infrastructure offered by ESS and MAX IV. Together with the research facilities, Science Village Scandinavia provides an exciting and creative top class research environment. The area will become a base for international and sustainable development and will consist of buildings to be used for research by Lund University and other universities, companies in innovation and research, research institutes, research and business centres, as well as buildings for laboratories, administration and services, and housing.

As an eco-area, Science Village Scandinavia respects the environment and offers world-leading eco-friendly and sustainable solutions. The area will be a model and a source of inspiration through its close cooperation with science, technology and innovation. The vision and aim is to be a city district with a focus on research, renewable energy, public transport and recycling, and to offer a stimulating green community with surroundings that every day provide a backdrop for inspiring meetings.

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European Spallation Source

The European Spallation Source (ESS), a major Pan-European project built by 17 European countries, is located to the north of Lund. It is one of the largest ever research and technology infrastructure projects – a major step forward for daily research activities. ESS is a multidisciplinary research centre based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. Its main strength is in living complex materials, in which food is a very important area. 

The facility is a neutron source in which cascades of neutrons are produced by spallation. The samples to be studied are exposed to intense pulses of neutrons that have been slowed down to usable energies in moderators. The neutrons are directed through a number of surrounding beamlines to the samples to be studied, which consist of different materials and surfaces. The neutrons spread out from the samples and are registered by a number of instruments for further interpretation. The benefits to be gained from using neutrons in the study of structures are revolutionary. ESS can be used in a number of different sciences such as materials science, structural chemistry, biology and geophysics. 

The first neutrons will be produced in 2019. The facility will open three years later for use by external researchers and will be fully completed by 2026.

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Science parks

Ideon Science Park

Ideon is one of the first and largest university-linked science parks in Europe. The new expanded Ideon is home to 500 companies and about 10,000 employees. It is one of Europe’s most successful science parks in which visionaries and entrepreneurs meet investors. Many world-leading companies in mobile telephony, IT, life sciences and environmental technology started out at Ideon. With Lund University, the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) and School of Economics and Management in the immediate vicinity, Ideon is a creative meeting point for business, research and the public sector. ST-Ericsson, Sony Mobile, Axis Communication, QlikTech, Active Biotech, Gambro and Medicon Village have all located their development centres close by. The Ideon area consists of several blocks and the physical premises are managed by Ideon Center AB. Ideon Gateway, an addition to the science park in 2013, provides both a hotel and considerable office space.

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Medicon Village

Medicon Village provides the setting for research, innovation and entrepreneurship, which work together to create conditions for good health and people’s wellbeing. Together with the medical research at the Biomedical Centre (BMC) in Lund and the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) in Malmö, as well as the European Spallation Source (ESS) and MAX IV Laboratory, Medicon Village creates a world-class infrastructure for the entire region. Medicon Village occupies a total area of around 80,000 m2 and is a base for 1,200 workplaces and 100 organisations.

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Medeon is a science park for starting up and developing companies in life science. Medeon’s philosophy is that each growing company has unique needs. The focus is on knowledge-intensive companies in the life science sector (pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology and healthcare). There is a strong incubator and network, as well as a stimulating climate for collaboration through close proximity to Lund University in Malmö’s Medicon Valley. There are 30 tenants and a constant influx of new companies. Medeon has experienced good growth and more than 100,000 m2 of the area is allocated for business operations.

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MINC is a meeting point for entrepreneurs, business, investors and academia, with an aim to help companies to grow in a smarter and faster way. The unique MINC model is based on the best business development methods, a dynamic network of innovative entrepreneurs, sources of inspiration and experts from around the world, as well as experience from more than 12 years of running one of Sweden’s best incubator programmes. MINC is a part of Swedish Incubators & Science Parks (SISP), a member-based trade association for Sweden’s incubators and science parks, which together run close to 80 innovation environments nationwide.

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Cluster organisations

Skåne Food Innovation Network

The Skåne Food Innovation Network is a cluster organisation that brings together small and large players to develop tomorrow’s food, drink and meals. The Skåne Food Innovation Network was founded by the business community to pursue issues that are too large for single players to address. Over the past 20 years the network has worked to create conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship in the food sector. The network is based in Skåne, just like a large part of the Swedish food industry, but is nationally active and also involved at an international level to learn from others and to spread its own findings. The Skåne Food Innovation Network was formed in 1994 and Lund University has been a partner from the start. 

The Skåne Food Innovation Network’s student network consists of participants from different study programmes with an interest in the food industry and the will to participate and influence. Study visits, meetings with CEOs and other activities give students a large network of contacts in the industry. The Open Innovation Training Programme is the Skåne Food Innovation Network’s development programme for young employees at food companies. It is a cross-boundary collaboration about open innovation and renewal including the Skåne Food Innovation Network, Lund University and the food companies involved.

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Livsmedelskollegiet is a network that has been active since the late 1970s in promoting food research in southern Sweden and increasing cooperation between its members. Current research and collaborations concerning food in the region are covered in regular reports in the magazine Svenska Livsmedel. The network consists of companies and organisations involved in research and/or development in the food sector as well as departments and divisions at Lund University, Kristianstad University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. Livsmedelskollegiet holds regular information meetings including study visits to see members’ operations and arranges open symposia on current issues.

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Packbridge is an international member-based packaging network for the packaging industry and all its partners, customers, suppliers, researchers and innovators. The idea behind Packbridge is to create a natural meeting point for bringing together industry and academia, research and commercial applications, and perhaps most importantly – people with people. The Packbridge head office is in southwest Skåne where there is also research, innovation and communication as well as established clusters for food, pharmaceuticals and several other relevant industries. Packbridge has international ambitions and a well-developed worldwide contact network. Packbridge was formed in 2010 and Lund University has been a member from the start.

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