The European CBRNE Center initiates, coordinates and participates in national and international research and development projects. The purpose of the projects is to improve preparedness and management of CBRNE incidents. The Center also performs commissioned training exercises.
The European CBRNE Center is made up of seven partners: Umeå University, Umeå municipality, Region Västerbotten, Västerbotten County Council (VLL), The National CBRN Defence Centre of the Swedish Armed Forces, The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), and The Swedish National Fortification Agency. The Center is ran by a board with representatives from all partners. The Center is located in the KBC Building on the Umeå University campus.
The seven members of the Center contribute to the different projects with expertise and infrastructure. Umeå University holds world leading, groundbreaking, international research within areas such as microbiology, molecular infection medicine, population studies, and environment and energy research. FOI and VLL perform applied medical and technical scientific research with direct connection to CBRNE and security.
The idea for the European CBRNE Center came from Åke Sellström, while serving as Head of the Unit for CBRN protection and security at FOI in Umeå. Sellström became the first director of the Center. In 2007 he was succeeded by Dr Dzenan Sahovic, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Umeå University. In 2015 Per-Erik Johansson became the Center's third director.
Initially, the Center was part of the former Department of Trade, Industry and Society at the Faculty of Social Sciences. In December 2008 the Center was reorganized and became a department at the Faculty of Science and Technology. At the same time the center moved into its current facilities in the KBC Building. The Center recently celebrated its ten year anniversary.
In some projects the Center cooperates closely with the Center for Disaster Medicine (KcKM, Department of Surgery, UmU). The two divisions also share office space in the KBC Building on campus. The physical proximity adds to the cooperation and a opportunity to utilize each other's knowledge and competence.