sand08During a ceremony held on 26 March in the Archbishop’s palace in Olomouc, Cyech Republic, Petr Bilík, Vice-Rector of the University honoured the UPSC-professor with the doctor honoris causa for his long-time collaboration with the Faculty of Science and for an essential contribution to the development of its research groups. 

Ivo Frébort, dean of the Faculty of Science mentioned in his laudatio the very fruitful collaboration between the UPSC-professor and the Palacký University during almost twenty years. Sandberg had supported the faculty with his knowledge and experience during the build up of their new research centre for plant biotechnology and agriculture, the Center of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research. In connection with the doctorate ceremony the centre organised an extra mini-symposium on Auxin and Cytokinin to honour Göran Sandberg.

"I regard the honorary doctorate of this university as one of the top things in my career, because it is built on true science and true collaboration",  Göran Sandberg said in his speech during the ceremony.

Annika Jagander, Swedish Ambassador in the Czech Republic, participated also in the ceremony.

The Palacký University of Olomouc was founded 1566 and is the second oldest university in the Czech lands.
The University has about 24, 000 students and over 1,800 employees.

Watch the ceremony in English on Video (YouTube)

Press release of the Palacký University in Olomouc

Theres Lasse studiebesokUPSC och kemiska institutionen inbjuder gymnasieelever till spännande information om det nya civilingenjörsprogrammet i bioresursteknik som kommer att starta hösten 2014. Eleverna får träffa forskare och lärare för att diskutera det nya programmet. Forskarna visar runt på laboratorier och i växthuset.

När: 1 april 2014, kl 18.00-20.00
Var: Entrén vid KBC-huset, Umeå universitet

Efter informationen bjuds eleverna på tilltugg och mingel.
Anmälan via formulär eller genom email till Theres Lasses (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), studentkontakt.

Mer information om det nya programmet.

On 1 April, 18.00-20.00, UPSC and the department will organise an open house with a lot of exciting information about the new programme "Bioresource technology"  in civil engineering. The programme will start in fall 2014. Researchers and teachers from UPSC and the department of chemistry will inform about the programme and guide the visitors around in laboratories and green houses. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. study contact.

oasis(2014-02-26) Olivier Keech, PhD, scientist at UPSC and supervisor in the engineering course "Design-Build-Test", presented last Tuesday the result of the students' project. Together with the students Alberto Ferreira and Beatrice Lif, Olivier Keech informed the media representatives, staff at KBC and people from the university's administration about the "Oasis" in the cafeteria at Chemical Biological Centre, KBC. Several vertical farming solutions have been designed with organically-grown culinary herbs which could be used by the cafeteria to flourish the food of students and staff.

Two groups have been involved in the "Green Corner Project": A visualisation group and a construction group. Both groups worked very interdisciplinary on the design of a better place to meet and study in the KBC cafeteria. Besides Olivier Keech the students also had Mette Harder, teacher at the Umeå School of Architecture, as supervisor, who supported the groups in visualisation and architecture problems,

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133503 stefan janssonStefan Jansson, professor at UPSC, was elected as new member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. At the General Meeting on 15 January 2014, The Academy elected six new members, one of them is the scientist at the department of plant physiology at Umeå University.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is an independent organisation whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. The Academy awards every year the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, and the Crafoord Prize

Read the news on The Academy's webpage (in Swedish)

stefan janssonStefan Jansson UPSC.
Picture: Johan Gunséus
The professor at Umeå Plant Science Centre receives a personnel prize worth 400.000 kr at the annual meeting of the "Kunglig Fysiografiska Sällskapet" 2nd December 2013 in Lund. The prize committee honours Stefan Jansson as "undoubtedly one of Sweden's most prominent (and also most cited) plant physiologists. He has also published popular science articles and
and has in recent years been very active in the GMO debate." Furthermore the committee mentions in it's laudatio that Stefan Jansson has internationally a strong research position especially in the area of regulation of ​​photosynthetic light harvesting in plants. Especially Jansson's field studies are of very high-quality and internationally widely recognised.

Stefan Jansson's research group:
UmUs press release (in Swedish only):
Kungliga Fysiografiska Sällskapet i Lund (in Swedish):
130508 104912 jgResearchers from UPSC and SciLifeLab in Stockholm have led the work to sequence genome of Norway spruce (the Christmas tree) ­ a species with huge economic and ecological importance - and that is the largest genome to have ever been sequenced. The genome is complex and seven times larger than that of humans. The results are published in Nature.

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Article at UMU
Article at Nature
upsc cones[2013-03-15] Sweden's governmental innovation agency, Vinnova, has evaluated its four Berzelii Centres, and has given a spectacular review for the one at Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). The evaluation team concluded that it "is one of the top forest biotechnology research establishments in the world."

The UPSC Berzelii Centre for Forest Biotechnology has recently been assessed for the second time by an international evaluation team. The centre receives funding from the Swedish Research Council (VR) and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA).

The Centre's success is due to many contributing causes, but the investigators stress that the most important reason is "an exceptional leadership" that has the vision, focus, commitment and skill that is necessary to make success possible.

Logo SMC11-12 March 2013 at KBC
Stora Hörsalen, KB3B1

Welcome to the Inauguration of the Swedish Metabolomics Centre!
The former metabolomics platform at KBC has expanded. All interested people, experts and non-experts, who want to learn more about the new established centre and its service and research are
welcome to an inspiring symposium at KBC.
Marianne Sommarin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at Umeå University, and Johan Schnürer, Deputy Vice-chancellor for Cooperation at SLU, will inaugurate the new centre on 12 March at 10:40 am, Large Lecture hall "Stora hörsalen", KB3B1, KBC.

Read more (web page of the Swedish Metabolomics Centre)

Ove Nilsson UPSC Johan Gunseus webbOve Nilsson, director of UPSC and professor of forest genetics and plant physiology, is one of 16 Wallenberg Scholars who were appointed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation on Tuesday, 11th December. The Wallenberg Scholar programme is supporting extraordinary scientists in Sweden and ensures economic security for longterm reseach projects.
Professor Nilsson's research is focused on regulation of meristem identity and flowering time in Arabidopsis and poplar. He will be funded with 15 million SEK during a period of 5 years.

Edouard Pesquet web1A UPSC scientist became the first Gunnar Öquist Fellow at Umeå University

During a ceremony at KBC on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012, Dr Edouard Pesquet was awarded the first Gunnar Öquist fellowship by Carl Kempe, chairman of the Kempe Foundations. Pesquet, a group leader at Umeå Plant Science Centre, received the diploma from Professor Gunnar Öquist, former permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, In presence of vice-chancellor Lena Gustafsson and Marianne Sommarin, deputy vice-chancellor for research at Umeå University. The Gunnar Öquist fellowship amounts to a research grant of three Million SEK and 50.000 SEK for personal use.  


playPress release of Umeå University (in Swedish language)

picture by Malin Grönborg