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The two new Impact responsible answer

The SCI School Impact group from the left: SCI Impact responsible Zuheir Barsoum, Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering och Val Zwiller, Applied Physics, School Communicators Sofia Nyström and Karin Blom.
Photo: Leif Kari
Published Mar 07, 2018

Hi Zuheir Barsoum, Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering and Val Zwiller, Applied Physics, you now have the role as ´Impact responsible´, you are in charge of the schools impact work, what does that mean?
– The mission aims to identify and highlight the social benefits of the SCI School education and research. We are working in a school-level Impact group together with the communicators Karin Blom and Sofia Nyström as well as attending the central KTH impact meetings.

Why is impact work at KTH needed when we already do the work with the ‘public outreach’ (tredje uppgiften)?
–The public outreach, which means that colleges and universities should share their knowledge in addition to education and research, is an important part of KTH's activities. Impact is defined more as an effect or benefit to our society. How we influence our environment, how knowledge and results can be made visible and show off for ordinary people outside the academia world. Impact is defined in different ranking systems and some research announcements have impact as one of the parameters in their assessments.

What is going on at the moment?
– Currently we are visiting the research departments to inform about the impact work. After that we plan to make an "inventory" of all impact case at school to compile a so-called impact case list. That is a list of different concrete cases with activities that have influenced and benefited the society outside KTH. We also look at the possibilities of organizing workshops and seminars as well as integrating impact in education at the school.

Where can I find information about the status of your impact work at School?
– Certain information will be communicated through email, but we will also continuously publish information on our Impact page  on the school's internal pages. Everyone is of course also welcome to contact us if questions.

Text: Sofia Nyström