In July we will roll out the infrastructure council as defined in the new KI delegation order. I will, in my capacity as vice president, chair the council with Stefan Eriksson having a critical role for the council as the president’s advisor for infrastructure.
The task of the infrastructure council is to coordinate and prioritize investments in infrastructure at KI including in relation to the Stockholm Region and to national and international initiatives. At all levels, it is important to cooperate and consolidate. This will be particularly important as the costs for infrastructure and its complexity is increasing. As Sweden’s largest medical faculty, KI has to take a significant responsibility for infrastructure within the field of life sciences. The council will cover research infrastructures, infrastructure for education and premises related to core activities.
We are now looking for individuals that will be members of this council. Please read more about it here (in Swedish).
I have had an interest in infrastructure since coming (back) to KI in the beginning of 2000, then establishing a core facility initially based on microarray technology. Running a core facility has given me valuable insights into the challenges that confront those who take the responsible for providing service to others and also the hosting departments. This include career structure for those who assume a more expert career, long term financing, organization, and not least the balance between the need to service present users and at the same time build new capacities for the future.
Sweden has made extensive investments in large national infrastructures exemplified by SciLifeLab, SNIC, MAXIV and ESS. We have to take our responsibility that these investments are explored in the best possible way.
In the recent weeks, I have participated in activities related to some of these infrastructures.
The SciLifeLab national board, the highest decisive body for the national infrastructure, where I represent KI, has hosted a visit by its International Advisory Board. We are now awaiting the report and its recommendations.
Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing had last week a meeting with its highest governings body, “Stämman”, where I represented KI. It is clear that there will be large needs in computing and data storage in the years to come. Life sciences is relatively new on this scene and we have to secure that this infrastructure is well aligned with the needs of life sciences.
The Swedish Research Council will now conclude its five-year “Uppdrag att stimulera svenskt deltagande, utnyttjande och kompetensförsörjning kring uppbyggnaden och driften av den Europeiska Spallationskällan (ESS)” and deliver it’s final report to the government in May.
I have been on the reference group. During these five years I have learnt a lot about ESS and potential applications in life sciences but also how such a large infrastructures drive the research (funding) landscape.
I am really looking forward to work with Stefan and others on infrastructure related issues in the years to come!