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Published: 2018-07-02

Umevatoriet and Sliperiet gets new, joint director

NEWS Madelen Bodin, senior lecturer and deputy head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, becomes the new director of the new Science Centre at Umeå University when Umevatoriet and Sliperiet join forces. The new centre will for instance house a new dome theatre for visualisation, presentation and planetarium.

What's your spontaneous reaction?

"It'll be so much fun. I'm excited. I've been acting director at Umevatoriet this spring and have got to know the operations well. It'll now be interesting to get better acquainted with Sliperiet by intertwining the two organisations into one new, exciting environment."

Why are the two organisation joining forces?

"We're aiming to create an interactive environment that stimulates interest and curiosity for science and technology for all ages. By tying the educational activities concerning natural sciences and technology at the present Umevatoriet together with the innovation, art and design that is housed in Sliperiet, we wish to find new exciting ways for visitors to learn about and experience science and technology. The new dome theatre will contribute to this by providing new opportunities for visualisation and experiences."

What will happen to Umevatoriet and Sliperiet?

"Both organisations will join forces into one new organisation and in future be located in the present Sliperiet premises. We've set up a new steering committee with representatives from the four faculties as well as the Umeå School of Education at the University and also Umeå municipality. The chairperson of the committee is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Katrine Riklund. Tying the University together with the municipality provides a good basis for a learning environment for children and young adults, and an attractive place to visit in the region in the purpose of research, development and innovation."

Reconstructions of the premises have been discussed for some time. What's the latest news?

"So much needs to be worked out, but the building work is projected to start this autumn. The dome theatre will be built adjacent to Sliperiet and the premises will undergo adaptions. During the build, we will be developing the organisation and find content, activities and expressions to make the experience unique. We're hoping everything will be completed by next autumn."

When do you take office?

"Formally on 1 July, but I'll be in the office from early August," says Madelen Bodin, new director of Umevatoriet/Sliperiet.