About the research platforms
The problems and challenges surrounding the future 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. The Platforms are virtual entities complementing the school line organisation and they incolve many research groups, centres, EIT-KICs and other strategic och multidisciplinary research initiatives with KTH.
Multidisciplinary focus areas
Based on research excellence and strength, KTH has defined multidisciplinary focus areas to be covered by the KTH Research Platforms: Digitalization , Energy , Industrial Transformation (new 2019), Life Science Technology , Materials , and Transport . The Platforms reflect the fact that the problems and challenges confronting future society and industry are complex and no single player is capable to solve them alone.
The vision for KTH is to be a globally recognized 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 within KTH.
Catalyse multidiscinplinary research activities
The objective is to facilitate and enable collaboration between KTH researchers, centres, EIT-KIC's, research infrastructures and other strategic initiatives within the research area by providing arenas for collaboration and interaction beyound the conventional channels of the linear organisation across schools and departments.
Build and maintain internal relations
The objective is to build and maintain internal relations across schools and departments, centres, EIT-KIC's, research infrastructures and other strategic initiatives and to coordinate and provide strategic input from the focus area to KTH management,
Enhance external KTH 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).
The 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.
The responsibility for the Platforms is delegated by the KTH president to the KTH vice president for research.
The Platforms are managed by a Platform steering group; its decisions are executed by a Platform director. The Platform director is assisted by a deputy director, a communication officer and any other Platform team member decided by the Platform director. The Platforms are coordinated by the Platforms coordinator at KTH Research Office appointed by the KTH Vice president for research.
Supportive functions when implementing the tasks and coordinating the activities at the central administration are KTH Reserch Support Office, KTH Business Liasons and Impact Leaders at each School of KTH.
Platform steering group
Chair - KTH Vice President of Research: