Umeå University in the winter Photo: Gösta Wendelius

Research & Education

Biotechnology/life sciences at Umeå University is a highly prioritized branch of research.

Advanced research in biotechnology and closely related fields is carried out at some ten institutions and units at the technology, natural sciences and medical faculties, respectively.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences performs biotechnology-related research primarily in the field of forest genetics and plant physiology at its faculty of forest sciences. The research focuses on hormone physiology and population genetics. The mapping of tree genomes has been a particularly successful project. The research platform Umeå Plant Science Centre was created in cooperation with the department for botanical physiology at Umeå University.

The main responsibility of University Hospital of Umeå is to provide quality medical care to the region, although it also carries out research, often in cooperation with the clinical institutions at Umeå University. The research focuses primarily on a number of particular diseases and how they are treated, such as cancer, stroke, familial amyloidosis with polyneuropathy (Skellefteå disease) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Education & training

Umeå is home to two Swedish universities, Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Umeå University

Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest university. Today, it has a strong international and multicultural presence, with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. The main campus — with its 36,000 students and 4,000 employees — is alive with enthusiasm, creativity and fresh ideas.

The biotechnology programs at Umeå University open endless possibilities for gaining skills and specialization, through cooperation with the University Hospital of Umeå and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, among others.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

SLU develops knowledge about our biological natural resources – everything that lives and grows. SLU conducts research, teaches and informs about the opportunities, and possible risks incurred, when using our forests, landscapes, soils and animals in different ways.