The Centre is jointly funded by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems - VINNOVA, the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), Umeå University (UmU) and seven industrial partners belonging to Swedish forest industry. It is a part of the VINNOVA Competence Centre program. Currently 35 research groups (belonging to the two academic partners) and seven industrial partners are considered to be part of the Competence Centre. 

The Competence Centre is located at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, at the University Campus in Umeå. 


Organisation of the Centre

Executive group

The management of the centre is based on several different entities. The research director, Prof. Ove Nilsson, is forming an executive group together with the two assistant research directors, Prof. Stefan Jansson and Prof. Catherine Bellini, a scientific secretary, Dr. Carolin Rebernig, and a communication officer, Dr. Anne Honsel. The executive group meets regularly.

Centre board

The Centre board consists of representatives of all the Centre partners (Universities and industrial partners). Typically, the board meets four times per year.

International scientific advisory board

Both the director and the centre board get guidance in questions of strategic importance concerning research by the scientific advisory board. The composition of this board gets changed periodically to ensure new competencies and new perspectives.

Task forces

All research groups that are working within the centre are subdivided into three units, the so-called task forces. Each task force is led by a pair of task force leaders. The task force leaders are responsible for the scientific progress of their respective task force, the organization of different projects within the task force (basic projects and applied projects involving industrial partners), the organization of task force meetings, etc. The centre director holds regular meetings with the task force leaders.