Lars Montelius

Lars Montelius

Lars Montelius

Director General

Lars Montelius is the Director–General of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory since the 1st September 2014.

Professor in Nanotechnology at Lund University, Sweden, Lars Montelius is the founder of several Swedish companies working with nanotechnology.

Lars Montelius is also the President of the IUVSTA: The International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications  with more than 150 000 members from 32 countries, member of the EC Executive High Level Group (HLG) at DG NMPB, and board member and Working Group Chair of the two European Technology Platforms NANOFutures: The European initiative for sustainable development by Nanotechnologies and EuMat: The European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies:

Between 2003 and 2009, Lars Montelius was Dean of the Physics Department, Science and Engineering Faculties at Lund University and between 2009 and 2011, he was director for Øresund University & Øresund Science Region, a cross-border cooperation between eleven universities and three regional authorities of two countries in the Øresund Region.

Lars Montelius was also Chair of the Swedish Technical Standardization Committee on Nanotechnology from 2007 to 2014.

Prof, Dr, Dr h c Lars Montelius, with H-index 34: 298 publications, 4.091 citations, last 5 years ≈250 citations/year. Data from ISI Web of Knowledge 2016-06-19. More than 70 personally invited talks. 24 patent applications.


Connecting the dots – enabling innovation 4.0

One of the largest challenges is to harvest the European R&D investments smartly and scaleable so it will boost an industrial renewal in Europe based on innovation. It is not enough to have  – or create – innovation capacity. It is needed to create “innovations to happen”. A cornerstone for innovation to take place is the ability to address challenges from a new perspective. An important element for such an ability is the mechanism to allow ideas to flourish, by releasing the creative power of the individuals, and the ability to compound and match these ideas to a certain challenge.  This holds for organisations, companies, associations, countries and EU as a whole. Simply speaking – it is about the ability to connect the dots in a meaningful way. And we need to do it digitally. In this presentation I will discuss how we use these underlying ideas and principles in the EPPN project to connect technology providers with technology seekers. The EPPN project has created a digital marketplace – or a matchmaking service. But it is also a social network that create and expand the community continuously. Besides describing the present version of the EPPN platform, I will also give an outlook of what such a digital platform can contain – and how it can accelerate innovation. I will also touch on its relations to Innovation Hubs.