Welcome to Umeå Plant Science Centre!

Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) was formed in 1999 when the Department of Plant Physiology at Umeå University and the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) joined to create a strong common research environment. UPSC is an umbrella organisation administered by a board that is appointed by the two universities. The board is responsible for the strategic development of UPSC, for common infrastructure and technical platforms, and for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training. Although the two departments have their own administration and head of department (prefekt), the two departments share this common scientific environment and all research facilities.

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UPSC is one of the strongest research environments for experimental plant biology in Europe and we conduct research of both basic and strategic importance. Research at UPSC covers a wide range of disciplines in plant biology including ecology, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology. The common goal shared by scientist within UPSC is to understand the mechanisms driving plant development and plant adaptation to environmental changes. Our work is carried out at all organization levels of the plant, and through integrating the different research fields and areas of expertise. We aim to describe the plant as a complex organism in dynamic interaction with its environment.

Our research is organized in individual research groups, each led by an independent principal investigator (PI), who is either a full professor, an associate professor (universitetslektor) or an assistant professor (forskarassist). You can find the research profile of all research groups under Research Groups. In addition to the PIs employed at the two departments, who are the core of UPSC, several researchers are affiliated to UPSC as “associated PIs”. You will find their research group profile under Associated Research Groups. We have organized the infrastructure and equipment into common resources and technical platforms that are available to all UPSC researchers. Most of these are financed by external grants, and UPSC has successfully competed for several large “Centre of Excellence” grants. Information about collaborative research projects, facilities as well as our educational programs is available under the respective rubrics.

Are you interested in experiencing our international scientific environment? You are welcome to contact us for a visit or for a shorter or a longer research stay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

MemberBoard PositionUniversity
Catherine Bellini Chairman UmU
Rishikesh Bhalerao Vice chairman SLU
Stefan Jansson Head of Department UmU
Karin Ljung Head of Department SLU
Maria Eriksson Board member UmU
Rosario García Gil Board Member SLU
Olivier Keech Board member UmU
Alizée Malnoë Board member UmU
Stéphanie Robert Board member SLU
Stéphane Verger Board member SLU
Ove Nilsson Adjunct, Director of UPSC SLU
Félix Barbut Adjunct, PhD representative SLU
Ruben Benstein Adjunct, PostDoc representative UmU
Veronica Bourquin Adjunct, TA staff representative SLU
Sara Raggi Adjunct, PostDoc representative SLU
Sara Westman Adjunct, PhD representative UmU
Anne Honsel Adjunct, Communications Officer and secretary UPSC
Visiting addressContact us
Umeå Plant Science Centre
Linnaeus väg 6
Campus Umeå
90736 UMEÅ
Anne Honsel
Communications Officer
Umeå Plant Science Centre
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+46 70 285 6657

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Mailing address
Umeå Plant Science Centre
Department of Plant Physiology
Umeå University
90187  Umeå
Phone: +46 (0)90 786 5000
Fax: +46 (0)90 580 50
Umeå Plant Science Centre
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
90183 UMEÅ
Phone: +46 (0)90 786 8210
Fax: +46 (0)90 786 8165 

Delivery address for packages
Umeå Plant Science Centre
Lastplats KBC
Linnaeus väg 6
Umeå University
90736 UMEÅ