The threat of extinction of cod fish from the Baltic Sea, the growing problem with more and more bacteria gaining resistance, questions related to energy efficiency and a continued focus on sustainable development are some of the issues that scientist confront. Knowledge is the key to meet and treat these important challenges we face in today's world. Curiosity and patience are the driving forces for our researchers.

Our scientists work in wide range of areas fromchemistry, biology and computing science to mathematics, physics, design and arcitecture. Their research spans from basic science to applied sciences, where they deal with questions related to protein functions as well as in technology involved in designing autonomous intelligent off-road forest cutting vehicles operated without human drivers.

Strong Research Environments

Umeå University has designated 14 strong research environments. The Faculty of Science and Technology hosts seven of these.

Regional growth potential

There are three prioritized areas of collaboration at Umeå university, and the all have connections to the faculty: “Green future”, “Applied IT” and “Umeå Arts Campus” In these areas, research conducted have a great impact on the regional growth potential.

Priority Areas of Research Collaboration

Research on energy and marine environment

The Swedish Research Council has initiated the single largest investment in research areas that have a strategic significance for society and industry. Umeå University has been granted SEK 226 million in funding over 2010–2014 to develop world-leading research in eight strategic research projects. Umeå University has main responsibility for two research projects within energy research and marine environment research.



Researcher's blog

Tagliatelle med CRISPRig grönsaksröra

Tagliatelle with CRISPRy fried vegetables

Plant scientist Stefan Jansson grew cabbage this summer that had been genome-edited using CRISPR-Cas9 technology – which at present is not considered GMO, according to the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Read his cultivation diary up until his lunch with radio reporter Gustaf Klarin:

5 September 2016: Future garden plants are here