Uppsala is a beautiful and ancient city with a proud history dating back to the Viking era, and with an even more exciting future. With a population of 207,362, the city of Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city offering countless cultural experiences and many historical locations. Enjoy nature or history, fine dining or culture all within convenient walking distance of a vibrant city centre.

Discover Uppsala’s important historical buildings and rich cultural heritage, much of which is linked to the university. For example, visit the impressive Carolina Rediviva university library, home of the historical artefact the “Silver Bible”. The name, literally "Carolina Revived", was given in remembrance of the old Academia Carolina building, which had functioned as university library for most of the 18th century. Carolina Rediviva is the oldest and largest university library building in Sweden and is the site of the Codex Argenteus and the Cancionero de Upsala.

Uppsala is also the city of Carl Linnaeus, one of the most important scientists of the renaissance, who was professor of medicine at Uppsala University. You can visit the Linnaeus Museum and Linnaeus Garden to experience his world-renowned contributions to botany.

Uppsala is not all history though. You can combine cool drinks with great eats and you can browse the many shops, boutiques and malls for unique Swedish design items. And don’t miss the futuristic Uppsala Konsert & Kongress venue with its concerts and events. Visit Uppsala official tourist site: http://www.destinationuppsala.se/en/

Uppsala University

Uppsala University is the oldest university of northern Europe. Founded in 1477, it ranks as one of the most prestigious universities of the region and among the top 100 universities worldwide. Uppsala University hosts 45,000 students and just above 2,500 doctoral candidates divided across nine faculties and 7,000 employees. Prominent professors that have served at Uppsala University include Carl Linnaeus and Anders Celsius. 

Needless to say, research at Uppsala University is of high international class. One sign of this is the fact that eight Nobel laureates have been connected with the University. Most of these prizes have gone to scientists in the fields of physics and chemistry.

Alfred Nobel was awarded an honorary doctorate at Uppsala University in 1893 and it has long been the tradition for the newly awarded Nobel Laureates to be invited to Uppsala University in connection with the Nobel banquet in Stockholm. The visit programme includes a reception with the Vice-Chancellor and lunch at Uppsala Castle, as well as appreciated and highly popular public lectures by the visiting Nobel Laureates.

Department of Informatics and Media

Although the rapid evolution of the information society is shaped by digital technology and media convergence, contemporary societal processes of openness, responsibility, democratization and global communication are also shaping that very same technology. In the midst of this stands the Department of Informatics and Media with the explicit ambition not just to understand these phenomena and their underlying processes, but also to be an active part in their development. The department was created in July 2009 to present a unique combination of competences tailored to achieve this mission. The department is structured around the academic areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Information Systems, and Media and Communication Studies. Despite its youth, the department has already established itself as a key player both nationally and internationally.

Research in the department centres on a joint research program with the overall goal to describe and analyse how new ICTs may serve societal needs. The research focuses on new media and forms of interaction where social interaction is seen as a starting point rather than an effect of new technologies. The aim is to, on a sound social science, business and socio-technical basis, contribute to the development and dissemination of theories, methods and techniques associated with the creation of flexible and useful services, information infrastructures and systems for a sustainable information society. The department’s complementary perspectives and combination of design-oriented and critical perspectives allows for interactions, systems, business, and media development to appear as different facets of the emerging information society.

For more information about the department, please visit http://www.im.uu.se/?languageId=1