Other projects connected with the Baltic Science Network.

Hanseatic League of Science (HALOS)

The Hanseatic League of Science (HALOS) is a unique collaboration between Hamburg and South-West Scandinavia. It brings together the four unique research facilities MAX IV, ESS, DESY and European XFEL, and create a centre for integrated, world-leading Life Science innovation and research.

HALOS has a budget of 3.6 million EUR and enables further development of the highly successful ÖKS Interreg project ESS & MAX IV: Cross Border Science and Society. HALOS includes stakeholders from academia, regional development actors, research facilities and industry.

The HALOS collaboration, led by the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University, includes:

Lund University, seven other academic research institutes in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Germany, MAX IV and ESS in Sweden, DESY, the European XFEL in Germany, the Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA), industry in MedTech, BioTech and Pharma, Region Skåne, the Capital Region of Denmark and the City of Hamburg.

Baltic Sea Academy

The Baltic Sea Academy was established in February 2010. Common objective is to bridge the business world, in particular of small and medium sized companies, with the academic world.

  • Strengthening of the economic competitiveness of the Baltic Sea region and development of an intensive cooperation with a high spatial identification
  • Support of the medium-sized economy and the skilled crafts, in particular all transnational activities and international cooperation’s
  • Promotion of the vocational training, excellent education of businessmen and executives of the medium-sized economy in form of dual bachelor studies as well as further training
  • Furtherance of the economic and cultural development in the partial regions of the Baltic Sea Region as well as support of the experience exchange and a cooperation orientated on regional strengths.

The overall goal of the 19 academic insitutions of the Baltic Sea Academy is to foster the cooperation of educational and research oriented institutions with small and medium-sized enterprises.

Hanseatic Life Science Research Infrastructure Consortium (HALRIC)

During the past decade, significant development and investments have been made in advanced research infrastructures in the Öresund Kattegat Skagerrak (ÖKS)-Hamburg area. The facilities already provide advanced Life Science tools, but there is an untapped potential to further expand the collaboration at and around the sites, as well as cross-borders. 

HALRIC aims to be a springboard for innovation capacity in the ÖKS-Hamburg Life Science sector via increased access to and use of cross-border front-end technologies, instruments, expertise, and data handling solutions.

HALRIC is an EU-supported project working to bring more companies, hospitals and academic researchers together in collaborations with:
– The large-scale infrastructures, such as MAX IV & DESY and ESS & European XFEL
– And with cutting-edge complementary infrastructures such as cryoEM, advanced biological MS, and 7Tesla-MR.

With the infrastructures comes advanced know-how and technology for sample production and preparation. The research facilities can also be used in pre-clinical and clinical research areas, which brings the innovation potential close to the patient in the shape of potential new treatments.

Through pilot projects HALRIC will facilitate collaboration between academia, hospitals, SMEs as well as larger biotech and pharma companies and we call for research project proposals for the use of one or more research infrastructures in the HALRIC consortium.

HALRIC will also work on prototype models for handling the huge amounts of electronic data generated by such infrastructures, as well as on strengthening the Life Science ecosystems and strategic dialogues between the four countries in the project.

Lund University is lead partner for the HALRIC consortium, which includes 20 other partner organizations across Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Norway. The consortium constitutes the full spectrum of organizations needed for multi-disciplinary collaboration with the Life Science industry. 

HALRIC is a 3-year project funded by the EU-program Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, which supports joint projects in the southwest of Scandinavia that promote development of societal innovation, green economy, transportation and employment.