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.
The registration is closed now.
We are looking forward welcoming you to UPSC on August 21-23!
Location: Stora hörsalen, KBC, Umeå
Location: Stora hörsalen, KBC, Umeå
Day 1: Monday, 21 August 2017
|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||
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||
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
|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
|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||
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|
Symposium VenueThe 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 ArrivalUmeå is easily accessible via plane, railway, bus, car, and even by ferry.
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.
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.
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.
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).
AccommodationUmeå 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 https://www.visitumea.se/en/ or via accommodation services such as AirBnB and Booking.com or directly contacting hotels.
Useful LinksTimetables 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