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Published: 2023-08-28 Updated: 2023-09-06, 16:42

SciLifeLab Site Umeå celebrates!

NEWS SciLifeLab – a major government investment in national research infrastructure – has launched four new sites across Sweden: Gothenburg, Linköping, Lund, and Umeå. Throughout this year, each site arranges a whole day event and now the turn has come to site Umeå 11 September.

Text: Ingrid Söderbergh

state-of-the-art research infrastructure is a crucial key to attract funding for important research

“It is time to celebrate the great establishment of research infrastructure in Umeå! The SciLifeLab Day is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the research capabilities and technology support for life science. They will find inspiration for new collaborations and new methods,” says Linda Sandblad, Director of SciLifeLab site Umeå, and researcher at the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University.

Need for advanced research tools

Since the start, Umeå has been successful in establishing national research infrastructures as SciLifeLab nodes. Now, the new SciLifeLab organisation consist of six sites across Sweden; Stockholm and Uppsala plus the new four sites that were launched in 2022, whereof Umeå is one. The sites are crucial in promoting scientific research and giving access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure nationally, while also strengthening the collaboration between Swedish universities.

At site Umeå, SciLifeLab offers access to seven specialised service platforms: Genomics, Metabolomics, Imaging and Molecular structure, Chemical biology, Drug discovery, Diagnostics, and Bioinformatics.

Access to national research infrastructure and a broad network opens further possibilities also for Umeå researchers to achieve research results of higher quality, international exposure, and appreciation.

“To use state-of-the-art research infrastructure is a crucial key to attract funding for important research”, says Linda Sandblad.

Broad programme in life science

SciLifeLab Day Umeå on 11 September aims at researchers from universities, health care, and the business sector and highlights Umeå’s life science research.

The programme includes a lunch session where attendees, while eating a light meal, interact and learn more about the three focus areas of SciLifeLab – so-called “SciLifeLab Capabilities” where research expertise and infrastructure are combined. These are Planetary biology (including biodiversity ecology and environmental research about our planet), Precision medicine (bridging lab to clinical treatments and individual health), and Pandemic laboratory preparedness (to learn from the past pandemic and work in a preventive way into the future).

In the afternoon, SciLifeLab site Umeå will be officially inaugurated by SciLifeLab Director Olli Kallioniemi, Professor at Karolinska Institutet, and thereafter Umeå University research will be highlighted through research presentations by new SciLifeLab group leaders, DDLS and WCMM fellows.

“Among others, Professor Niklas Arnberg, who took a leading role in both laboratory research and public information about COVID-19, will present the research of his group," says Linda Sandblad.

Offers inspirational network arena 

Umeå researchers are invited for refreshments and mingle, with poster exhibition by local and national research infrastructures and project representatives.

 “This is really a good time to meet, talk and get new ideas. We hope all researchers interested in life science join in celebrating the diversity of opportunities to conduct world-class research existing in Umeå. I am sure all attendees will become positively surprised!”

About SciLifeLab Day site Umeå

Time: 11 September at 8:30-17
Venue: Rotundan, Aula Nordica and other locations at the Umeå University Campus
Registration needed: yes

Journalists are welcome to attend the event and infrastructure tours. Sign-up for the tours will be organised at the registration desk in front of Rotundan 8:30-10:00.



About SciLifeLab

Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab, is one of the government's major investments in national research infrastructures. Its vision is to enable ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research within molecular life sciences that would otherwise not be possible to carry out in Sweden and to promote that the research leads to societal benefit.

SciLifeLab is run by the four founding universities, KI, KTH, Stockholm University and Uppsala University, as well as via sites at higher education institutions throughout Sweden to strengthen the national mission.

SciLifeLab main website

SciLifeLab Infrastructure Units in Umeå

For more information, please contact Director or Coordinator:

Linda Sandblad
Research fellow
Sara Sandin
Staff scientist