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In August 2017, Plant Science in Umeå will become 50 years. We will celebrate this anniversary with a three-day lasting symposium. You are welcome to join us and listen to talks about the past, the present and the future of Plant Science in Umeå (and the world)!

Plant Science in Umeå begun with the foundation of the Department of Plant Physiology (FysBot) at Umeå University in 1967. In the late 1970’s, a second Plant Science Department started its activities in Umeå, the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology (GenFys) at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). These two Departments joined their forces in 1999 and created the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), first “virtually”, and in 2001 also physically.

The research at UPSC today is fundamentally different from the science in 1967. Over 200 persons are working at UPSC now, in contrast to the handful of people that started in August 1967. We like to discuss with you how this tremendous development has been possible, where plant science is today and what its importance is for the society and the citizens of Sweden and how the future of plant science might look like.

If you are working or have worked at FysBot/GenFys/UPSC, or would like to know more about plant research at UPSC and in the world, sign up for the symposium! The symposium is free of charge (including meals and coffee) but pre-registration is required. 

The registration is closed now.

We are looking forward welcoming you to UPSC on August 21-23!

Stefan Jansson, Prefect, Department of Plant Physiology (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Karin Ljung, Prefect Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Anne Honsel, Communication Officer UPSC (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Program for the 50 years Plant Science in Umeå Symposium 2017

    Preliminary program
    Location:  Stora hörsalen, KBC, Umeå

    Day 1: Monday, 21 August 2017
    Plant Science in Umeå (and the world) in the past

    Chair: Stefan Jansson
    13.00 - 13:10 Opening of the Symposium
    Hans Adolfsson, Vice chancellor, Umeå University and Mikael Elofsson, Dean of the faculty of science and technology
    13.10 - 13.30 Introduction - Plant Science in Umeå 50 years
    Stefan Jansson, Prefect at the Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University
    13.30 - 14.00 My 50 years in Plant Physiology
    Gunnar Öquist, Professor emeritus, Umeå University
    14.00 - 14.15 How did it go? Some reflections 50 years later
    Lars Ericson, Professor emeritus, Umeå University
    14.15 - 14.45 Genphys 1978-1999
    Jan-Erik Hällgren, Professor emeritus, SLU
    14.45 - 15.30 Coffee break
    15.30 - 16.00 The early era of transgenic plants in Umeå: hairy, shooty, shiny, bonsai and with a touch of fish
    Olof Olsson, Lund University
    16.00 - 16.30 Biochemists invading Plantphys under the polar night
    Bertil Andersson, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Honorary doctor at Umeå University
    16.30 - 17.00 UPSC 1999-2017
    Ove Nilsson, Director of UPSC, SLU
    17.00 Guided tour through UPSC
    19.00 Dinner/Barbecue (KBC cafeteria)
      "Botanist pub" and music (UPSC coffee room)

    Day 2: Tuesday, 22 August 2017
    Plant Science in Umeå (and the world) today

    Session 1: Plant Growth and Development 
    Chair: Thomas Moritz
    9.00 - 9.25 The roots of vegetative propagation
    Catherine Bellini, Umeå University 
    9.25 - 9.50 Integration of flowering time signals in Arabidopsis thaliana
    Markus Schmid, Umeå University
    9.50 - 10.15 The transcriptome of wood formation
    Torgeir Hvidsten, Umeå University/Norwegian University of Life Sciences Ås
    10.15 - 10.45 Coffee break
    10.45 - 11.10 Populus FT-like genes - from flowering to tree phenology
    Ove Nilsson, SLU
    11.10 - 11.35 Root invasion by ectomycorrhizal fungi during symbiosis formation – cell wall remodelling under the influence of auxin?
    Judith Felten, SLU
    11.35 - 12.00 Carbon for wood cell walls
    Totte Niittylä, SLU
    12.00 - 13.30 Lunch
    Session 2: Plant Responses to Environmental Changes
    Chair: Per Gardeström
    13.30 - 13.55 Studies of biological stress at UPSC
    Benedicte Albrectsen, Umeå University
    13.55 - 14.20 Deciphering the metabolic regulations associated with leaf senescence
    Olivier Keech, Umeå University
    14.20 - 14.45 Light response, a tale of two genomes
    Åsa Strand, Umeå University
    14.45 - 15.15 Coffee break
    15.15 - 15.40 Genetic architecture of gene expression variation in Swedish aspen
    Nathanial Street, Umeå University
    15.40 - 16.05 Local adaptation in conifers
    Rosario Garcia Gil, SLU
    16.05 - 16.30 Translational dynamics in Arabidopsis
    Johannes Hanson, Umeå University
    19.00 Dinner and 50th anniversary party (Universum)

    Day 3: Wednesday, 23 August 2017
    Plant Science in Umeå (and the world) in the future

    Chair: Karin Ljung
    9.00 - 9.30 Plant Science - The next 50 years?
    Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Honorary doctor at SLU
    9.30 - 10.00 Challenges for photosynthesis research
    Eva-Mari Aro, Turku University, Honorary doctor at Umeå University
    10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break
    10.30 - 11.00 Budgeting for a fluctuating future - Learning from the predictable and living with the unpredictable.
    Mark Stitt, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm-Potsdam, Honorary doctor at Umeå University
     11.00 - 11.30 Ex-temporary research
    Birger Lindberg Møller, Copenhagen University, Honorary doctor at Umeå University
    11.30 - 12.00 The future for basic science in Sweden and Umeå
    Göran Sandberg, Executive director, KAW
     12.00 - 12.30 Concluding words and closing of the symposium
    Peter Högberg, Vice chancellor SLU, Göran Ståhl, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry
     12.30 - 14.00  Lunch

    Practical information

      Symposium Venue

      The conference will take place in the Large Lecture Room ("Stora hörsalen", KB.E3.03) at the Chemical Biological Centre (KBC) on the Campus of Umeå University.

      Travel and Arrival

      Umeå is easily accessible via plane, railway, bus, car, and even by ferry.

      By Plane
      It takes around one hour to fly from Stockholm to Umeå. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air Shuttle operate several daily flights to and from Stockholm Arlanda International Airport. BRA also offers frequent flight service via Stockholm Bromma Airport.
      SAS may offer limited direct connections from Gothenburg and Helsinki, and Nordic Airways from Luleå, Kiruna and Östersund.
      From Umeå Airport it is only a 10-minute drive to the city centre. Taxis are available for quick access to your desired destination in Umeå and can be pre-booked with no extra charge. The price to take a taxi to the city centre is about 280 SEK.
      The Airport Shuttle (No. 80, "Flygbuss" in Swedish), offers regular bus service from Umeå Airport to the city centre and passes by the university campus as well. A one-way ticket costs 65 SEK.

      Please Note: cash is no longer accepted on any of the local buses, including the Airport Shuttle! Major credit and debit cards are accepted onboard, except for online cards, such as Maestro or Visa Electron.

      By Train
      SJ and Norrtåg offer train services to Umeå. There are overnight trains and day trains, some of them connected to bus lines, from Stockholm, and from Gothenburg via Örebro. Both lines continue to Luleå in the county of Norrbotten and Kiruna and Alvik further north are accessible via Luleå.
      Umeå East (Umeå Östra) railway station is located near the University Hospital of Umeå, and is directly adjacent to Campus Umeå.

      By Bus
      Buses arrive from all over Sweden to the central bus terminal near the town centre. Nearly all major cities and towns can be reached via several bus carriers. Länstrafiken operates regional buses, which connect to other bus carriers. Ybuss offers affordable service to and from Stockholm, for those on a tight budget.

      By Car
      Take Highway E4 to Umeå (or E12 from western Västerbotten and Norway) and follow the signs to the hospital (Norrlands Universitetssjukhus) until you see specific signs for the University (Universitet). Parking areas can be found in front and around the KBC building.
      Parking on campus must be paid for in advance at the ticket machines located in the parking area, which accept all major credit cards (but can be slow especially when handling foreign cards).


      Umeå is a busy tourist and academic town, especially in the summer. Consequently, hotel rooms can be scarce and a booking in advance is recommended. You can find several options on this page or or via accommodation services such as AirBnB and or directly contacting hotels.

      Useful Links

      Timetables of local buses (The bus stops closest to the venue are "Umeå växthuset" and "Umeå Universum")

      Time table for buses to and from Umeå Airport

      Swedish Rail Road (SJ) - Train information

      Umeå Airport - Information site, including flight information and car rental

      Tourist information about Umeå