Barack Obama visits KTH

When the president of the United States chooses to visit KTH Royal Institute of Technology, it is of course a great honour for us all. It also  reflects strongly on our position in research and education.

Yesterday (Friday), the Swedish government announced the program for President Barack Obama’s visit to Sweden. In the days leading up, we had a hunch that his first visit to Sweden would include KTH; but it was only after the government’s announcement that we really could be certain.

The first contact was made with KTH more than two weeks ago. Subsequently, there have been many meetings and visits. We also know that several other options had been considered. But eventually, we saw KTH’s chances improve. So it felt fantastic when the definite decision came yesterday.

From the beginning, when the possibility of a presidential visit was first raised, it was clear that its theme would be renewable energy and the environment. Various proposals for research and innovation were discussed. The pros and cons of a number of facilities at KTH were examined.

Besides KTH-related activities, there will be other products and innovations presented to the president here. The Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications had a clear role in this.

What is happening now is primarily an intensive effort involving internal and external communications, but also practical preparations in the areas of campus involved.

When it comes to practical information such as closures of certain areas of the campus and other matters, please refer to KTH’s website. There is a special page on the web where information is updated continuously. We also do everything we can to provide information and support to press and media.

Some of our activities will be affected by closures during this time. We thank those who are affected for your patience and understanding.