Institutionen för naturvetenskapernas och matematikens didaktik
Welcome to Umeå and The Department of Science and Mathematics Education!
When Umeå University was inaugurated, Umeå had a modest 40,000 inhabitants. Today, 55 years later, more than 130,000 people live here – some born here, many immigrants. The university is driving the development, and thanks to our students, Umeå is a young and lively city with an average age of 39 years. In Umeå there are all possibilities to be close to nature, even if you live in the middle of the city. In addition, Umeå has an active center with opera, museums, sports, shopping, and much more (visitumea.se/en/to-do). As an employee at Umeå University, there are great opportunities to live within walking distance or cycling distance from work, as the campus is centrally located. In addition, there is a good cycling infrastructure that makes it possible to cycle even in winter. Read more about Umeå here.
Umeå University, founded in 1965, is a relatively young yet large university with research and education in medicine, science and technology, social sciences, humanities, and educational sciences. Umeå University has approximately 4,200 employees and more than 35,000 students, of which almost 900 are doctoral students. The university is young, nice and active with many events, such as Culture on Campus. Read more about the university here. If you are moving to Sweden to work at Umeå University, you can find more information here.
Department of Science and Mathematics Education
The department has about 45 employees and is strong in both education (undergraduate and postgraduate) and research. The education is in teacher education towards mathematics, science, technology, and the core of educational science. Research and postgraduate education are in science, technology, and mathematics education, as well as pedagogical work and there is an active seminar culture. Teacher education and educational science research is also carried out at many other departments at the university, and this is organized and supported by Umeå School of Education (www.umu.se/en/umea-school-of-education/).
The department has bright and newly renovated premises that are centrally located on campus, in the Natural Sciences Building. Those of us who work at the department think it is important to work for a good working environment and unity. We are therefore much present in the workplace and the “fika” tradition is strong, which makes it relatively easy for us to get to know new colleagues. We celebrate each other's successes and support each other in developing our work situation, both in terms of teaching and research. We also organize joint social activities that everyone is invited to participate in, such as beach volleyball, ice skating excursions, and afterwork.
Welcome to The Department of Science and Mathematics Education!