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Life Science

Plant and Forest Biotechnology Umeå University
We are all dependent on plant life. They produce the oxygen we breathe, food we eat, and the paper we write on. With additional knowledge of how plants grow and how they are affected by frosty and hot conditions, it can be possible to produce plants that give greater harvesting and a more environmentally friendly agriculture and forest industry. This information is also an invaluable piece of the puzzle in how we can make the change to renewable energy sources. Read more

Infections Umeå University
Bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause infections are a significant and worldwide problem. They are the greatest single cause for the poor health of humans and animals. Read more

Biological chemistry Umeå University
Life’s smallest elements are cells. Inside are important building blocks such as proteins, carbohydrates and DNA – our genetic makeup. How proteins, which perform most mechanical and chemical work in living organisms, function and interact with other building blocks in bacteria, plants or humans are crucial questions for biological chemists. Read more

Cancer Research Umeå University
More than one-third of every Swedish inhabitant gets cancer in their lifetime. Despite the progress in cancer research, the prospects of surviving certain tumours have not increased with any significance since the 1970s. There is a need for new knowledge in order to prevent cancer, create more secure diagnoses, and make treatment more effective and less painful. Read more

The Nervous System Umeå University
Damages to the nervous system are an immense and growing health dilemma. Every year tens of thousands of Swedish inhabitants – often youngsters – are in accidents that cause paralysis and reduced movement. 30,000 people are afflicted in the same way by blood clots or cerebral haemorrhages, 20,000 get Parkinson’s disease and approximately 74,000 are plagued by Alzheimer’s disease. There is an urgent need for new and improved treatments in this area. Read more

Metabolic Diseases Umeå University
The industrialised world is currently sustaining a large epidemic of “metabolic syndrome”, a term that is associated with such health risk factors as insulin resistance, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity. Furthermore, the syndrome is linked to a greater risk for cardiovascular disease. Read more

Wood

Ecosystem Dynamics Umeå University
It is not strange that ecosystems are in change. Living organisms such as plants and animals do not remain the same. Likewise, the supply of necessary resources is varied; such as light, heating energy, water and carbon. It is also inevitable that we as humans affect nature. Clear examples are in agriculture, forestry and fishing. In addition, the accelerating use of fossil fuels has led to a great threat – global climate change. Read more

Plant and Forest Biotechnology Umeå University
We are all dependent on plant life. They produce the oxygen we breathe, food we eat, and the paper we write on. With additional knowledge of how plants grow and how they are affected by frosty and hot conditions, it can be possible to produce plants that give greater harvesting and a more environmentally friendly agriculture and forest industry. This information is also an invaluable piece of the puzzle in how we can make the change to renewable energy sources. Read more

Forestry and wood Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Forestry and the forest industry have been major economic sectors in Sweden for a long time. The forest is a carbon sink since it binds carbon dioxide while growing.  Branches, tree tops and stumps are currently more used as bioenergy after felling. Forests are also the habitat of many animals and plants, and a vital source of outdoor leisure activities and recreation. Read more

Wood Science and Technology Luleå University of Technology 
The research focuses on production engineering, processing technologies, measurement technology (wood metrics), non-destructive testing (mainly computer tomography) and the wood industry’s markets. The aesthetic qualities of wood and people’s preferences as regards wood are also part of wood technology research. Read more

Mining

Mining engineering and metallurgy Luleå University of Technology
In the focus area Mining Engineering and Metallurgy, research is conducted across the entire “mining and minerals chain” – from exploration to the production of metals and finished products. LKAB, Boliden, Banverket and Vattenfall are just a few examples of the Swedish companies and organizations the university works with. Together with the industrial partners, the university conducts projects dealing with the development of new exploration methods, the hanging-wall subsidence in connection with expansion of the Kiirunavaara mine, optimized blasting to reduce the amount of waste rock and ore losses, more efficient grinding methods, remediation of areas that have been contaminated by waste from mining, hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy, etc. Read more

Customer-oriented construction engineering Luleå University of Technology
There is a growing demand for new building methods that take into account total lifecycle costs and customer needs. In a construction industry that is undergoing dramatic transition, to create technical solutions for sustainability, what is required is a new kind of industrial-production approach and knowledge of building characteristics and economy throughout the entire lifecycle of the building. Read more

Materials engineering Luleå University of Technology
New types of light steel constructions are in demand today, e.g. by the auto industry. Within the construction industry the interest for wood and building materials has increased at a time when the Swedish mining industry is investing in new, competitive products. New materials manufactured with the help of nanotechnology are expected to lead to environmental and economic benefits both for society and companies. Read more

Cleantech

Bioenergy- Energy from forests and fields Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
In Sweden today, the use of bioenergy exceeds the use of hydroelectric and nuclear power respectively. An ecologically sustainable development depends on a reduction in the use of fossil fuels. Thus forests and fields can become even more important suppliers of renewable energy, mitigating the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. At SLU, researchers work to adapt the production of energy and fibres to a changing climate. Parallell to this, the aim is to minimize the environmental effects of this production. Read more

Sustainable use of resources  Luleå University of Technology
The focus of research on the Sustainable use of resources focuses on technology development combined with social science studies on the effects of controlling these resources through environmental, climate and energy politics. The goal is a cleaner environment and sustainable use of raw materials and energy resources. World-leading research is being pursued in several areas. One example is the development of new biofuels and manufacturing of transport fuels in close cooperation with ETC, the research and development centre in combustion, carburettor and biorefinery technology, the State Energy Authorities and companies like Surfit-Kappa, Chemrec, Södra cell, Vattenfall and Sveaskog. Green chemicals, e.g. succinic acid, and industrial biochemical processes are additional branches of research within the field of biotechnology. Read more

Environment and conservation: A matter of perspective Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Whether our interest is in environment and conservation, or in food and timber, the question is a matter of perspective. These are simply different ways of looking at the same reality.  The use of soil and forest brings both advantages and disadvantages for the environment. But often it is the same fundamental knowledge that needs to be applied, whether you are growing potatoes, improving the fertility of forestland, or reducing the impact on the environment. Read more

Water and aquaculture: Water is the key to life Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Water is a prerequisite for life on Earth, since it is an important constituent of all biological processes. The chemical and biological quality of water is regularly monitored in many lakes in Sweden, in particular our biggest lakes Vänern, Vättern, Mälaren and Hjälmaren. At SLU, you will find expertise in the ecology of the aquatic flora and fauna. Read more

ICT

Process IT Luleå University of Technology
Production and ICT systems are about technology, people, maintenance, engineering and business. The LTU research focus of Process IT will provide production and ICT systems with senses, communication, actuation and coordination with the robustness necessary to deliver future value and environmental sustainability. The vision is production and ICT systems which are integrated from well established technologies e.g. process control, telecommunication, Internet technologies, process engineering. To this should be added the idea of human and technology integration. Thus that our future production and ICT technology adapts to individual human ideas and behavior. Such technology will also challenge users too co-create future value and sustainability. Read more

Applied computer gaming technology and computer graphics Luleå University of Technology
The research within this area focuses on finding new applications for gaming technology and graphics to improve an integrated story telling by using image, sound, actions, challenges and rewards. The projects combine computer graphics, game development, scenografi/attribute producers and game design.