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Sex differences in merits amongst newly appointed professors

Sex differences in merits amongst newly appointed professors

Press releases   •   Mar 05, 2020 09:45 UTC

Women constitute only 27 percent of academics with the rank of professor in Sweden, in spite of several decades of equal opportunities promotion efforts. "A common explanation is that women’s achievements are valued less than men’s," says Guy Madison, one of the authors of a new study from Umeå University.

Exchange students take the train abroad - for sustainable travel

Exchange students take the train abroad - for sustainable travel

Press releases   •   Jan 08, 2020 08:00 UTC

The journey itself will be part of the goal when four students from the engineering programme in industrial economics at Umeå University leave for a spring term of studies abroad. In order to promote sustainable travel, they have each been equipped with an interrail card instead of flying to their respective universities in Europe.

Autonomous forestry and farming: how close we are?

Autonomous forestry and farming: how close we are?

Press releases   •   Dec 02, 2019 12:07 UTC

Autonomous systems can increase performance, reduce injury risk, save energy and money, and reduce the need for labor in agriculture and forestry. Ahmad Ostovar has developed methods and algorithms for systems with the capacity for automatic detection and recognition of objects in outdoor environments. He defends his thesis on December 5 at Umeå University, Sweden.

Political distrust a major barrier to climate action

Political distrust a major barrier to climate action

Press releases   •   Nov 26, 2019 09:50 UTC

Distrust in politicians and the political system is preventing people from supporting increased taxes on fossil fuels, a potentially important climate policy. By comparison, most people believe in climate change. So says a new study based on surveys in 23 European countries.

Ann Edholm / Tongue on the Tip

Ann Edholm / Tongue on the Tip

Press releases   •   Oct 25, 2019 06:40 UTC

Bildmuseet is presenting parts of Ann Edholm’s series of paintings Tongue on the Tip, together with sketches and collages. With their defined geometric shapes, her large-scale paintings may seem completely abstract but the works include interpretations of art history and ancient legends, of Jewish deportations during the Nazi reign, and her mother’s memories of World War II Berlin.

Design Matters at Bildmuseet

Design Matters at Bildmuseet

Press releases   •   Oct 25, 2019 06:40 UTC

Design Matters presents internationally established designers and design groups who challenge our expectations of consumer products, furniture and functions. Does our relationship to things change if the shoes we wear have been cultivated by us, or if the plate we eat from is a living organism? Can a cause of the climate catastrophe be transformed into something beautiful and worth preserving?

Umeå Institute of Design takes top spot in Red Dot Ranking for a fourth consecutive year

Umeå Institute of Design takes top spot in Red Dot Ranking for a fourth consecutive year

Press releases   •   Oct 22, 2019 09:42 UTC

For the fourth year in a row, Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University occupies top position on the Red Dot Design Ranking, rating design educations in the Americas and Europe.

Umeå University professor aims to contribute to EU’s Arctic policy

Umeå University professor aims to contribute to EU’s Arctic policy

Press releases   •   Oct 02, 2019 13:12 UTC

On 3-4 October, the EU Arctic Forum will be held with European Union foreign ministers in Umeå. One of the speakers is Professor Peter Sköld, who says that natural resources, climate and communications are high on the agenda. He hopes that the meeting will result in greater aspirations in Arctic-related issues.

Opening at Bildmuseet: Grada Kilomba / A World of Illusions

Opening at Bildmuseet: Grada Kilomba / A World of Illusions

Press releases   •   Sep 23, 2019 08:00 UTC

Bildmuseet, Sweden, presents Grada Kilomba’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia; a trilogy of poetic film installations that use antique dramas to highlight postcolonial issues of racism, gender oppression and violence. The exhibition is the premiere of the third chapter of the trilogy, and the large scale video works are thereby being exhibited together for the very first time.

Physics and the Artistic Imagination – New book from Bildmuseet

Physics and the Artistic Imagination – New book from Bildmuseet

Press releases   •   Sep 13, 2019 09:05 UTC

Featuring works by contemporary international artists, essays about physics and art, as well as extracts from conversations between physicists and artists, the book Entangle: Physics and the Artistic Imagination is an introduction to how particle physics is inspiring the work and practice of contemporary artists.

New leadership at Umeå School of Architecture

New leadership at Umeå School of Architecture

Press releases   •   Sep 04, 2019 08:00 UTC

A new leadership has been appointed at Umeå School of Architecture at Umeå University. New head of department is Mikael Henningsson, former head of the Department of Psychology. Sara Thor steps in as deputy head of department and Michael Gruber becomes assistant head of department.

Scientists call for new European regulations for GMO

Scientists call for new European regulations for GMO

Press releases   •   Jul 25, 2019 10:00 UTC

Today, on the anniversary of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision on plant breeding with gene-editing, scientists sent open letter to the Swedish European parliamentarians and the Swedish government. It calls for an expedited change of the European legislation for genetically modified organisms.

Miniaturized version of ribosome found in microsporidia

Miniaturized version of ribosome found in microsporidia

Press releases   •   Jul 22, 2019 16:00 UTC

A research team lead by MIMS/SciLifeLab research group leader Jonas Barandun, Umeå University, Sweden, uses cryo-electron microscopy to provide near atomic details of the smallest known eukaryotic cytoplasmic protein synthesis machine, the microsporidian ribosome.

Presstips från Umeå universitet - sommaren 2019

Presstips från Umeå universitet - sommaren 2019

Press releases   •   Jun 28, 2019 08:08 UTC

Börjar det bli sommartorka på redaktionen? Här kommer en rejäl lista i två delar med sommartips till dig som journalist. Den första delen innehåller tips om spännande forskning som bedrivs vid universitetets institutioner och enheter. Den andra delen är en lista med intressanta seminarier från Almedalen 2019, där forskare och lärare vid Umeå universitet medverkar.

Opening at Bildmuseet: Art Across Species and Beings

Opening at Bildmuseet: Art Across Species and Beings

Press releases   •   May 27, 2019 12:48 UTC

The upcoming exhibition at Bildmuseet brings together an outstanding selection of artworks which invite the visitor to rethink the human position in the world. "Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings" presents 17 artists from different countries, generations and backgrounds. Film and video, drawing and sculpture, installation and sound. Press preview 13 June, opening 14 June.

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts MFA degree show opens at Bildmuseet

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts MFA degree show opens at Bildmuseet

Press releases   •   Apr 25, 2019 10:47 UTC

On Art Friday 3 May, Bildmuseet opens the annual MFA degree show from the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. You are invited to meet a new generation of artists and a wide spectrum of ideas, materials and techniques. Press preview on Thursday 2 May at 10:00-12:00 (RSVP).

Opening at Bildmuseet: Carl Johan De Geer / The Big Misconception

Opening at Bildmuseet: Carl Johan De Geer / The Big Misconception

Press releases   •   Mar 18, 2019 14:09 UTC

Creative, provocative and brilliantly versatile, Carl Johan De Geer has been working as an artist, designer, film-maker, photographer, stage designer, cultural journalist, musician and author since the early 1960s. However, he originally wanted to be a textile designer. "The Big Misconception" presents De Geer’s textile work, pattern sketches and photographs from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

Yaowen Wu is awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize in molecular biology

Yaowen Wu is awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize in molecular biology

Press releases   •   Mar 04, 2019 12:51 UTC

Yaowen Wu, professor of biochemistry at Umeå University, has been awarded the prestigious Göran Gustafsson Prize in molecular biology in 2019. Yaowen Wu's research is about investigating biological processes with chemical tools. The prize is SEK 5.1 million in grants, distributed over three years, and a personal prize of SEK 250,000.

Swedish Picture Book of the Year at Bildmuseet

Swedish Picture Book of the Year at Bildmuseet

Press releases   •   Feb 25, 2019 12:00 UTC

During its Art Friday with Littfest – Umeå International Literature Festival – on 15 March, Bildmuseet Contemporary art museum will open the Swedish Picture Book of the Year exhibition. Author and artist Eva Lindström will participate in the opening ceremony.

Bildmuseet: Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination

Bildmuseet: Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination

Press releases   •   Nov 01, 2018 13:00 UTC

Black holes, dark matter, gravity, space and time – these are phenomena that fascinate scientists and artists alike. Bildmuseet presents Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination: painting, installation, fashion design, sculpture, film, digital artwork and photography inspired by the science which investigates the fundamental forces which shape our world. Press preview 15 November at 10:00.