WELCOME TO CURIOSUM (former Sliperiet)

In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå University.

In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can change the world.

Look out for our new website coming soon!

Sharing city collaboration started in Umeå


The project Sharing City Umeå wants to build trust among the citizens of Umea by making them share, borrow and rent more from each other, and thereby jointly create added value for a sustainable development. On October 30, Umea municipality organized a workshop at Sliperiet at Umeå university to start up collaborations and development of ideas for sharing services that can be implemented in the next three years. A total of 40 people from Umea University, private companies and public sector participated in the event.

The focus of the workshop was to start collaborations between different stakeholders in Umea, generate new sharing ideas, as well as to map planned investments that can be upgraded through Sharing Cities. Laura Vidje, Esam, coordinator of Sharing City Umeå, summarizes the workshop as follows:

- We have started an important effort to create sharing services, services that will facilitate the sharing of for example products, tools and premises among the citizens of Umea. The interest is large among the participating organizations. We hope that the workshop will lead to new organizational models where non-profit organizations, private companies and the public sector jointly create sharing services that consider the needs of the citizens.

Sharing City Umea is part of the national program, Sharing Cities, which will last 2018-2020.  Its purpose is twofold. Firstly, to put Sweden on the map as a country that actively and critically works with sharing economy in the cities. Secondly to develop world-leading innovations for sharing economics in Umea, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

- We hope the program will contribute to sustainable development in Umea, focusing on reduced environmental impact, increased trust between people, and increased gender equality. This can be achieved by engaging more citizens to share, rent and borrow from each other. In the long run we want to create an active exchange of experiences with other cities, nationally and internationally, says Laura Vidje.

An important part of the project is to evaluate the new sharing services. In that work, Umeå University will play an active role. according to Laura Vidje.



Johan Sandström, contact person for Sharing City Umeå

Laura Vidje, Esam, coordinator of Sharing City Umeå

Do you want to know more?

Visit Sharing Cities Sweden's website https://www.vinnova.se/p/sharing-cities-sweden/ for information about the national program.

"The currency of the new economy is trust", a TED Talk that explains the relationship between trust between people and sharing economics: https://www.ted.com/talks/rachel_botsman_the_currency_of_the_new_economy_is_trust