Our Board of Directors has appointed Lars Börjesson (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) as our association’s Envoy for S&T Infrastructures. As Envoy, Lars will support and advise our President and Board on the topic of S&T Infrastructures, and is empowered to speak on behalf of the Board of Directors on this topic. His mandate is effective immediately and will run until 31 December 2024.
Lars Börjesson (CESAER Envoy for S&T Infrastructures and Chalmers University of Technology):
“Universities of S&T engage with infrastructures in a range of capacities – including as hosts, partners in ecosystems, co-funders and national nodes – and therefore form part of the backbone of the European S&T infrastructure landscape.
“Academics and professional staff engage with S&T infrastructures for research, education and innovation alike in various roles, including as users, designers, trainers, researchers, innovators, developers, managers, governors and evaluators and are therefore key to safeguarding their scientific excellence and technological leadership.
“Upcoming developments in the European policy landscape concerning such infrastructures are therefore of high priority for our association and Members, and we look forward to remaining an active and constructive partner in this area.”
Lars Börjesson is professor of physics at Chalmers University of Technology. He has vast experience of advanced research in the areas of materials science and nanoscience as well as in the management of large international science & technology infrastructures, research councils and universities, including Chair of Council of the European Spallation Source, Chair of the Board of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation, Vice Chair of the European Strategy Forum of Research Infrastructure and Vice Chair of Council of the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility.
He was the Chair of CESAER Task Force Infrastructures 2020-2021, and one of the lead writers of the 2019 CESAER white paper on research & innovation infrastructures.