Welcome to KBC

CafeteriaSix departments and two research units at Umeå university (UmU) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) are forming one large multidisciplinary research centre: The Chemical Biological Centre (KBC- Kemiskt Biologiskt Centrum). Around 850 people are collaborating in a positive and creative environment in research and teaching. The KBC research school is organizing a graduate program for around 250 PhD students and each department offers a large varity of courses for bachelor and master students.


Although the departments are administratively independent, they have the ambition to share resources (technical platforms) and build up tight networks between the departments to overcome the borders of faculties and universities. To support this development the university has appointed the KBC Group led by a scientific coordinator, professor Per Gardeström. The group is meeting once a month and coordinating the activities at KBC.  The aim is to develop KBC into a world leading research and teaching environment.

To read more about the research projects and research groups, please, visit the webpages of the individual departments.

play Department of Chemistry

play Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC):
Depts. of Plant Physiology (UmU) and Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology (SLU)

play Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG)

play Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
play Department of Physics

play Unit of Biomass Technology and Chemistry at SLU (BTC)

play Research Group at dept of Applied Physics and Electronics

The Technical Platforms are core facilities supporting the scientists in their research projects.

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BICU invites to a workshop with ZEISS on 29 January 2015

BICU together with Zeiss would like to present the New Spinning Disk System we got at KBCs Core Facility, Biochemical Imaging Centre BICU and the New LSM 880 with AiryScan the ecompany has launched.


Søren Prag, Application Specialist ZEISS GmbH
Hans Thorn, Product Manager ZEISS Nordic

Date: 29 January 2015, 10:30 - 12:00

Place: Lilla hörsalen KB3A9, KBC

Contact: Irene Martinez Carrasco PhD, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Manager at BICU

Programme flyer

Participation is free. After the seminars all participants are invited to sandwich mingle.

Please register on our registration form (latest by 27 January).


UREM 2015

Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting UREM 2015, 25-27 March
Chemical Biological Centre KBC
Umeå University, Sweden
Stora hörsalen KB3B1

Welcome with your registration!

Registration and submission of an abstract:

8 February 2015
Registration of participation: 16 March 2015

Registration form
Preliminary programme and more information about the conference

Europe’s leading plant scientists call for urgent action to defend research
More than twenty of Europe's most prominent plant scientists today (Thursday 30 October 2014) signed a joint letter warning that Europe may lose its research lead unless plant science is adequately funded, GM (genetically modified) plant varieties that have been found safe are allowed and field trials are protected from vandalism.

The signatories include world-leading plant scientists from Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden, all of whom are concerned that Europe may fall short on its current 'Horizon 2020' goals of producing "world-class science" and removing "barriers to innovation" unless European policymakers take a more pro-science stance.
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