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Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020/2021

KTH will conduct its third Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2019 to 2022. Two RAE have been carried out previously (2008, 2012). The overall aim of the RAE is to develop and strengthen the quality of KTH's research. RAE is also part of the KTH quality assurance system.

RAE 2020/2021 is part of KTH's Quality Assurance System. It was planned to be carried out in 2020 with final reporting in January 2021. However, due to the development with the Corona virus, the RAE process has been extended and will instead close in January 2022. In 2020, the self-evaluations will be reviews internally while 2021 will be devoted to external peer-review by invited experts. The project will conclude in the beginning of 2022. 

The KTH quality assurance system consists of two main coherent parts, one being the annual on-going monitoring and the other being the six-year cycle of periodic review (divided in education and research). The periodic review of research, including collaboration, is carried out as a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) once every six years and is the responsibility of the KTH Vice President for Research.

In brief, it is based on:

  • Internal review
  • External peer-review assessment
  • A division of research fields in a number of panels
  • Institutions as the base unit (3-6 in each panel)
  • Centralised data collection to support KTH's schools
  • Previous RAE (2012 and 2008)

Outline and time plan

A project team and steering group for RAE 2020 was set up in summer 2019. Project close is planned to January 2022.

Important dates

Note that the timeline may be altered.


  • 15 January: Self-evaluation template to the coordinators
  • 20 February: Quantitative data to the coordinators for quality check
  • 30 April: Deadline for self-evaluations compiled into research panel reports to RAE Team
  • May-August: Self-evaluations for feedback to: schools, sustainability office and equality office for feedback
  • May-August: Identification of possible synergies, common strengths and challenges between panels
  • May-August: Improvements in data collection systems and methods
  • 24-28 August: Internal review week led by KTH's Dean of Faculty
  •  September: Results into regular planning process (Verksamhetsplaner) for 2021


  • 15 January: Self-evaluation template to the coordinators, including reflection on quality work from 2020
  • 20 February: Quantitative data to the coordinators for quality check
  • 15 March: Dead-line for self-evaluations compiled into research panel reports to the RAE team
  • 12 April: Dead-line for self-evaluations compiled into research panel reports
  • April: Separate meetings with the respective coordinator regarding the submitted research panel report including the self-evaluations
  • May: Self-evaluations and other documentation collected and distributed to the experts
  • August 23-27: ”Visit week” – all experts assembled at KTH for site visits.
  • September 30: Deadline for assessment handed in by the experts
  • October-December: Final report editing
  • December: KTH Board meeting


  • January 2022: Final publication and closing of the project

Panels and coordinators

The division of research fields into panels and the appointment of coordinators for them were decided in 2019. The base unit in the review assessment is an institution and two to six departments form a panel with at least one expert per research field.

Panel 1

Coordinator: Mats Wilhelmsson

Involved departments:

  • Architecture
  • Philosophy and History
  • Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Urban Planning and Environment
  • Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Real Estate and Construction Management

Panel 2

Coordinator: Per-Åke Nygren

Involved departments:

  • Gene Technology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Protein Science

Panel 3

Coordinator: Christofer Leygraf

Involved departments:

  • Fibre and Polymer Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Theoretical Chemistry and Biology

Panel 4

Coordinator: Panagiotis Papadimitratos

Involved departments:

  • Computer Science
  • Human Centered Technology

Panel 5

Coordinator: Wouter van der Wijngaart

Involved departments:

  • Intelligent Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Panel 6

Coordinator: Staffan Norrga  and Gunnar Malm

Involved departments:

  • Electronics
  • Energy Technology

Panel 7

Coordinator: Lihui Wang

Involved departments:

  • Sustainable Production Development
  • Industrial Economics and Management
  • Production Engineering
  • Learning
  • Machine Design

Panel 8

Coordinator: Anna-Karin Tornberg

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Mechanics

Panel 9

Coordinator: Bengt Lund Jensen

Involved departments:

  • Physics
  • Applied Physics

Expert proposals

Each panel consists of approximately eight experts, mainly international, where one will be an expert that took part in the RAE 2012 and one will represent business or public sector. Experts from various panels will also form thematic groups with an assignment to look at research departments and KTH management.

Self-evaluation documentation

During the fall of 2019, the content of the self-evaluations was drafted to be ready for implementation in spring 2020. The final version was sent to the panel coordinators in January, and the dead-line for handing in the self-evaluations was in April 2020. Each panel has a coordinator (faculty) who will compile the outcome and is the contact person vis-a-vis the institutions, project team and panels (during the visit).

Internal review, expert visits and final report

According to the original timeline, external reviews were planned for August 2020. Due to the development of the new corona virus, the external review has been moved to 2021. That time will instead be used for an internal review of the self-evaluations, a process that is led by KTH's dean of faculty.

The external review, where experts will visit KTH (Visit Week), will take place in August 2021. During Visit week, all the experts and panels assemble at KTH. Besides visits on campus, there will also be a dinner for the experts, coordinators, steering group and University Board. The reports will be revised during October to November 2021, and will presented in December 2021.

The publication of the final report and end of project is planned for January 2022.


Questions on RAE can be sent to the project mailbox,

Project team

RAE is led by a project group where Annika Stensson Trigell, Vice President for Research, is scientific responsible.



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