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Umeå Institute of Design ranked first by Red Dot

Umeå Institute of Design ranked first by Red Dot

Press Releases   •   Oct 01, 2018 13:36 GMT

For the third year in a row, Umeå Institute of Design has retained the number one spot in the Red Dot Design Ranking. The prestigious ranking annually rates product design educations in the Americas & Europe.

Opening at Bildmuseet: William Kentridge / The Refusal of Time

Opening at Bildmuseet: William Kentridge / The Refusal of Time

Press Releases   •   Sep 26, 2018 08:00 GMT

Can we ever truly understand the passing of time in a world in a state of constant flux? As the first art institution in Sweden, Bildmuseet presents William Kentridge's The Refusal of Time. The large scale installation opens on Friday 12 October. Welcome to the press preview on Thursday, 11 October, at 10 am (RSVP).

Greenhouse emissions from Siberian rivers peak as permafrost thaws

Greenhouse emissions from Siberian rivers peak as permafrost thaws

Press Releases   •   Sep 03, 2018 16:00 GMT

Permafrost soils store large quantities of frozen carbon and play an important role in regulating Earth’s climate. In a study published in Nature Geoscience, researchers from Umeå University, Sweden, in collaboration with an international team, now show that river greenhouse gas emissions rise high in areas where Siberian permafrost is actively thawing.

Protein interaction helps Yersinia cause disease

Protein interaction helps Yersinia cause disease

Press Releases   •   Aug 20, 2018 12:26 GMT

Researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, in collaboration with an international team, have discovered a new mechanism for interaction between two proteins that are vital for the Yersinia pseudotuberculosis bacteria’s pathogenic ability.

Good news for fishermen: “Browning” impacts fish less than expected

Good news for fishermen: “Browning” impacts fish less than expected

Press Releases   •   Aug 08, 2018 10:00 GMT

Water color is getting darker in lakes across the planet. This phenomenon, known as “browning,” was anticipated to cause widespread declines in fish populations. A new study by researchers from Umeå University finds that the number of fish populations impacted by browning is smaller than previously believed.

Restoration project nominated for EU prize

Restoration project nominated for EU prize

Press Releases   •   Jun 11, 2018 10:27 GMT

The restoration project ”Vindel River LIFE”, coordinated by Umeå University, is one of totally 28 EU LIFE-funded projects that has been nominated for the EU-prize ”The Life Award – Best of the Best Nature Projects”. ”It is a great honour for us to have been placed among the best projects in Europe”, says the project leader Johanna Gardeström.

Spaceships and Recycling Tips at UID18 – Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Spaceships and Recycling Tips at UID18 – Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2018 09:00 GMT

Imagine a future where food waste is a key source of energy instead of adding to our carbon footprint. What if billions of expectant mothers in developing countries could get safe surgery during childbirth? Could it be that we already know what space tourism will look like in 2040? May 31_June 1, graduates present their degree projects at Umeå Institute of Design’s yearly exhibition.

Opening at Bildmuseet: C.R.E.A.M. / Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Press Releases   •   Apr 24, 2018 10:42 GMT

​On Friday 4 May, Bildmuseet opens the annual graduate exhibition by master’s students at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. C.R.E.A.M. is the culmination of five years of study in Fine Arts. Welcome to the press preview on Thursday 3 May, at 10:00-12:00.

John Akomfrah's Purple opens at Bildmuseet

John Akomfrah's Purple opens at Bildmuseet

Press Releases   •   Apr 03, 2018 09:39 GMT

​Bildmuseet presents a new work by British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah, his most ambitious project to date. Purple is an immersive six-channel video installation addressing man's relationship to nature and to the planet. Press conference with John Akomfrah on Thursday 12 April 10:00-12:00, including a preview of the 60 minutes film work. The exhibition opens April 13 at 19:00.

Opening at Bildmuseet: Do Ho Suh / Passages

Opening at Bildmuseet: Do Ho Suh / Passages

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 07:00 GMT

On Friday 17 November, Bildmuseet will open a solo exhibition of the works of artist Do Ho Suh, his first in Scandinavia. The museum’s top floor will be taken up entirely by a large installation of his transparent fabric structures. The exhibition also includes video works and drawings in which the artist explores architecture in various ways as physical and mental spaces.

Dada is Dada – new exhibition opens at Bildmuseet

Dada is Dada – new exhibition opens at Bildmuseet

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 07:00 GMT

In the upcoming Dada is Dada exhibition, Bildmuseet presents paintings, drawings, documents, photography, collages, objects, sound recordings and films from one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century. The exhibition opens on Friday evening 17 November.

Umeå Institute of Design ranked no 1 in the world – again

Umeå Institute of Design ranked no 1 in the world – again

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2017 09:08 GMT

For the second year in a row, Umeå Institute of Design is listed number one on the two top ranking institutes for product design educations in the world – Red Dot and iF. Landing a world-leading position yet again opens up for new collaborations with global organisations and corporations, at the same time as it further lifts student recruitment.

Opening at Bildmuseet: Amar Kanwar / The Sovereign Forest

Opening at Bildmuseet: Amar Kanwar / The Sovereign Forest

Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2017 14:12 GMT

​On Friday 20 October at 19:00 Bildmuseet opens a large exhibition by recognised artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar. The Sovereign Forest is a poetic response to the conflict over land and the resistance of local communities in the Indian state of Odisha. Press preview on Thursday 19 October at 10:00 – Welcome! The artist will participate.

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes

Press Releases   •   Sep 20, 2017 11:00 GMT

DNA in lake sediment forms a natural archive displaying when various fish species colonized lakes after the glacial period. This according to researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University in a study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

Press Releases   •   Sep 04, 2017 11:00 GMT

Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive. The results of a study coordinated from Umeå University in Sweden are now published in Nature Communications.

Climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species

Climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species

Press Releases   •   Jul 18, 2017 09:36 GMT

More species of birds have accumulated in genera inhabiting climatically stable areas. This is shown by a new study from Umeå University.

35 million SEK for interdisciplinary research on plant stress responses

35 million SEK for interdisciplinary research on plant stress responses

Press Releases   •   Jun 16, 2017 10:00 GMT

Åsa Strand, Stefan Björklund and Martin Rosvall, all researchers at Umeå University, have been awarded 35 million SEK from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research for a five-year research program on systems biology. The interdisciplinary project aims to map how plants react to abiotic stresses such as drought or extreme temperatures.

Ana Mendieta / Covered in Time and History

Ana Mendieta / Covered in Time and History

Press Releases   •   Jun 01, 2017 14:24 GMT

Blood, fire, earth, water and her own body; Ana Mendieta's poetic and striking works from the 1970s and 1980s are a delicate balancing act between vulnerability and strength. Welcome to Bildmuseet for a press preview on Thursday 15 June 10 am, of the largest presentation of Mendieta's artistry shown in Sweden to date.

The chemistry of plants facing multiple stress scenarios

The chemistry of plants facing multiple stress scenarios

Press Releases   •   May 30, 2017 07:45 GMT

All living organisms harbor complex chemical networks inside their cells. The sum of all these chemical reactions is the driving force of life and is called metabolism. In his thesis work, Stefano Papazian, Umeå University, Sweden, studies how plants adapt their metabolic networks to respond to different environmental stresses.

Monster Traps and Mars Rovers at UID’17 - Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Monster Traps and Mars Rovers at UID’17 - Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2017 09:30 GMT

Imagine a future where children don't need to fear scary monsters under their beds. What if NASA's next vehicle to explore Mars is already designed, in northern Sweden. Consider a tomorrow where breathing difficulties among newborn children in developing countries aren’t life-threatening anymore. June 1-2, graduates present their degree projects at Umeå Institute of Design’s yearly exhibition.