Group picture from the PhD and Postdoc retreat 2018"Fighting Swedish mosquitos" - UPSC Phd students and postdocs during the 2nd retreat in Skeppsvik 2018 (Photo: Niklas Mähler)

Welcome to the 3rd UPSC PhD and Postdoc Retreat in Skeppsvik!

Are you a PhD student or Postdoc at UPSC or part of one of the UPSC associated research groups? Join us for the UPSC PhD and Postdoc Retreat on September 28-29 at Skeppsviks Herrgård (close to Sävar, about 30km outside of Umeå;

We will start the retreat on Wednesday morning, 28th of September, with a joint bus transport to Skeppsvik. The first session on that day will be focussed on UPSC Alumni. UPSC alumni working in different professions will share their experiences with us. The afternoon of the same day is reserved for getting to know each other with team building activities and also free time to mingle and for outdoor and indoor activities.

On the second day, Carolin Grabbe from the SLU Grants Office will discuss with us funding possibilities for young researchers and advice on grant writing. In the afternoon, we want to discuss with you what we can improve to make UPSC a creative, innovative and productive environment for you. This discussion was already started during the UPSC DAYS in Saxnäs in August and we would like to continue on that and also get feedback from those of you who could not join the meeting in Saxnäs. The retreat will end after this discussion session and we will jointly go back to Umeå by bus.  

At Skeppsvik herrgård, you will have the possibility to use the spa (sauna and hot-tub - don't forget your swimwear), to rent a kayak for exploring the "Skärgården", to take a swim in the sea or in the river (if you are brave enough) or to just make walks in the surrounding. Please note that the number of kayaks is limited and there will be no official introduction on how to use the kayak.  

NOTE: There are only 40 beds (16 rooms) available. First comes, first serves!
In case more than 40 people register, there might be the option to tent at Skeppsvik or go home during the night.

Do you like to help with the organisation or have any other suggestions? Please contact the organisation committee.

The organisation committee
Clément Boussardon, Thomas Dobrenel, Sara Raggi, Sara Westman

The registration is closed. Please contact the organising committee to see if there are still spots available.


Preliminary programme:

Wednesday, 28th of September

7:30: Departure from the parking lot in front of Universum at Umeå University (

8:15: Welcoming coffee in Skeppsvik

8:30-11:30: UPSC Alumni
Short presentations by the alumni and round table discussion

  • Sacha Escamez, SweeTree Technologies AB
  • Delphine Gendre, Editor for Physiologia Plantarum
  • Mateusz Majda, Assistant Professor at Université de Lausanne
  • Christine Ratke, teacher at Dragonskolan in Umeå

11:30-13:30: Lunch and check-in

13:30: Team building activities

17:00: Free time and possibility to use the spa, rent a kayak for approximately 300 SEK and other outdoor or indoor activities depending on the weather

19:00: Dinner

Thursday, 29th of September

8:30-11:30: Funding possibilities for young researchers and advice on grant writing
Caroline Grabbe, Research Coordinator at the SLU Grants Office

11:30-13:30: Lunch and check-out

13:30-16:30: What can we improve to make UPSC a creative, innovative, and productive environment for you? 
What have PhD students and Postdocs organised earlier and what can we do in future? Follow up on the discussions of the UPSC DAYS 2022 in Saxnäs.

16:15: Bus travel back to Umeå

17:00: Arrival in Umeå

* There are coffee breaks included in the morning and the afternoon sessions of both days but we would like to keep the time a bit flexible.