About the platforms
The future problems and challenges are so complex that no researcher, research group or organisation can solve them in their own capacity. Consequently, multidisciplinary collaboration is needed between many stakeholders. KTH's platforms are virtual entities that gather research groups, centres, EIT-KICs and research initiatives from all parts of the university.
Multidisciplinary focus areas
In order to contribute to solving the complex problems and challenges of the future, KTH has defined multidisciplinary focus areas that each is covered by a platform:
KTH's vision is to be a globally recognised leader of inventive multidisciplinary research and a pereferred partner by industry, government, agencies and relevant academia, attracting national and international funding for multidisciplinary research initiatives.
Objective of platforms
Catalyse multidiscinplinary research activities
The objective is to facilitate and enable collaboration between KTH researchers, centres, EIT-KIC's, research infrastructures and strategic research initiatives by providing arenas for collaboration and interaction beyound the conventional channels of the linear organisation, and across schools and departments.
Build and maintain internal relations
The objective is to build and maintain internal relations across schools, departments, centres, EIT-KIC's, research infrastructures and other strategic initiatives in order to coordinate and a provide strategic input from the focus area to KTH's management.
Enhance external visibility and recognition
The objective is to create and maintain strong lasting relations with relevant external partners in order to establish KTH as a natural strategic partner, increase KTH's impact on society and industry within the focus area and to increase participation in decision-making bodies and strategic groups (on a regional, national and international level).
Platforms are virtual entities complementing the school line organisation, involving many research groups, centres, EIT-KICs and other strategic och multidisciplinary research initiatives within KTH. Responsibility of the platforms is delegated to the Vice president of research.
The platforms are managed by a steering group, and its decisions are executed by a platform director. The director is assisted by a deputy director, communication officer and other members of the platform team decided by its director. The platforms are coordinated by Platforms coordinator at KTH Research Office appointed by the KTH Vice president for research.
Supportive functions, when implementing tasks and coordinating activities at the central administration, are KTH Reserch Support Office, KTH Business Liasons and Impact Leaders at each school.