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 like chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics and physics. 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:
Plant and forest biotechnology
Light in science and technology
The environment’s chemistry – from molecules to the ecosystem
Modelling living systems – Icelab
The dynamics, structure and function of proteins
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.
Research on energy and marine environment
The Swedish Research Council – a government agency that provides funding for basic research of the highest scientific quality in all disciplinary domains – 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.