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
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!
Umevatoriet and Sliperiet gets new, joint director
Foto: Simon Öhman Jönsson
Madelen Bodin, senior lecturer and deputy head of the
Department of Science and Mathematics Education, becomes the new
director of the new Science Centre at Umeå University when
Umevatoriet and Sliperiet join forces. The new centre will for
instance house a new dome theatre for visualisation, presentation
What's your spontaneous reaction?
"It'll be so much fun. I'm excited. I've been acting
director at Umevatoriet this spring and have got to know the
operations well. It'll now be interesting to get better acquainted
with Sliperiet by intertwining the two organisations into one new,
Why are the two organisation joining forces?
"We're aiming to create an interactive environment that
stimulates interest and curiosity for science and technology for
all ages. By tying the educational activities concerning natural
sciences and technology at the present Umevatoriet together with
the innovation, art and design that is housed in Sliperiet, we wish
to find new exciting ways for visitors to learn about and
experience science and technology. The new dome theatre will
contribute to this by providing new opportunities for visualisation
What will happen to Umevatoriet and Sliperiet?
"Both organisations will join forces into one new
organisation and in future be located in the present Sliperiet
premises. We've set up a new steering committee with
representatives from the four faculties as well as the Umeå School
of Education at the University and also Umeå municipality. The
chairperson of the committee is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Katrine
Riklund. Tying the University together with the municipality
provides a good basis for a learning environment for children and
young adults, and an attractive place to visit in the region in the
purpose of research, development and innovation."
Reconstructions of the premises have been discussed for
some time. What's the latest news?
"So much needs to be worked out, but the building work is
projected to start this autumn. The dome theatre will be built
adjacent to Sliperiet and the premises will undergo adaptions.
During the build, we will be developing the organisation and find
content, activities and expressions to make the experience unique.
We're hoping everything will be completed by next autumn."
When do you take office?
"Formally on 1 July, but I'll be in the office from early
August," says Madelen Bodin, new director of
Reporter: Mattias Grundström Mitz
Editor: Anna Lawrence
Manager Umevatoriet/ Sliperiet