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Major investment in our research infrastructure

Published: 29 March 2021

The importance of research infrastructure and laboratory environments has increased over the years and is crucial for us as a university to be able to conduct outstanding research and education of high quality. To ensure access to important equipment, the university has for a number of years set aside approximately SEK 10 million annually in strategic funds in two lab funds, one for research and one for education.

We also highlight high-quality infrastructure as one of six main strategies in our vision. Unique laboratory environments for education and research create attractiveness and visibility for our university, increase the opportunities for collaboration with important external actors and alsp promote learning.

I am glad to share with you that the university together with the Kempe Foundation is making a joint major investment in research infrastructure of just over SEK 27 million. The equipment granted financing includes all departments - although the technology-intensive institutions are more well represented. The equipment is important for exploring new areas of research as well as driving existing research forward.

Measuring equipment

The investment includes, for example, several advanced measuring equipment for analyzes of various substances, new fire testing equipment, equipment for flow measurements in real environments and a human robot. There is also a strengthening of forest and wood research through a mobile laboratory and a new SEM/TEM microscope. Funds for ski testing are also granted to the new research center for Olympic sports.

The investment is extra important as the budget bills of recent years have focused on large national infrastructures and facilities such as the European Spallation Source (ESS) and Max IV, and thus created a vacuum in terms of externally funded equipment in the middle class (10-50 million). We see the same tendency in our current research and innovation bill: "Research, freedom, future - knowledge and innovation for Sweden" .

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology.

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