Lars Börjesson is the Chair of the Task Force Research and Innovation Infrastructures. He is also chairman of the ESS Council, where the 13 ESS Partner Countries are represented. He was the initiator of the inaugural meeting of the ESS Scandinavia initiative meeting in October 2000. He is a professor at Chalmers University, leading a research team in condensed matter physics, and is the former Secretary General for Research Infrastructure at the Swedish Research Council and vice President of Chalmers University. He was also the Chairman of the Board of the MAX IV Laboratory, a high-brilliance synchrotron light source now operational at the same site as ESS, during the start of construction 2010 -2013. He is also vice Chair of the global radioastronomy observatory project SKA (Square Kilometer Array).