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!

A new dome theatre to Sliperiet / Umevatoriet in Umeå

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Sliperiet, the research and innovation centre at Arts Campus at Umeå university, will be merged with Umevatoriet, an activity center with the primary purpose of increasing children's and youth's interest in technology and natural sciences. The two organisations will become one and Umevatoriet the building at the Arts Campus will be adapted to existing and added functions. This includes building a new dome theater equipped with advanced visualisation technology. The new center Sliperiet/ Umevatoriet is expected to be completed in spring 2019.

Mats Falck from the External Relations Office at Umeå University, is the project manager for the new Sliperiet/ Umevatoriet. He finds his mission as both exciting and fun:

 - When you merge two activities there are unbelievable opportunities and, of course, many challenges with partially different approaches. The competences of the staff at both Sliperiet and Umevatoriet, as well as the idea development, are vital pre-requisites for the building construction. Even though I will try to coordinate the process, there are important parts for which others are primarily responsible, says Mats.

Innovation environment marries educational activities

The reason for the relocation of Umevatoriet is that Umevatoriet's activity needs to expand and that the municipality of Umeå is interested in getting an attractive visitor destination connected to the city between the bridges.

 -  The purpose is to marry the innovation environment at Sliperiet with the educational activities currently run at Umevatoriet. This will for example result in new types of interactive learning sessions. But most noticeable will the dome theater for interactive and encompassing scientific visualizations be, a dome that will be built at Sliperiet.

 Sliperiet is already a meeting place for collaboration and innovation between academia and business and society. As a result of the new building and extended activities, Sliperiet / Umevatoriet will focus on three further main target groups: children and young people, teachers who are able to get supplementary training, and the public who get an even more attractive visitor destination.

A big donation from Wallenberg foundation behind the investment

The relocation of Umevatoriet and the development of Sliperiet/ Umevatoriet is funded through a donation of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in connection with the foundation's 100th anniversary.

- Umeå University/ Umevatoriet received the donation in collaboration with Visualization Center C in Norrköping, Universeum in Gothenburg, Stockholm Technical Museum and Malmö museums. The purpose is to produce scientific visualizations and to equip the dome theaters in all these places with the latest visualization technology. The building itself is funded by the property owner, and the premises will be rented by Umeå university and Umeå municipality for Sliperiets'/ Umevatoriets' activities, says Mats Falck.


For further information

Read (in Swedish):

Also se the news story "Besöksmål med världsledande teknik kommer till Umeå" in Västerbottens Kuriren, January 17, 2018.

Mats Falck, External Relations Office
mats.falck@umu.se | +46 90 7865869