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Review of research (RAE)

KTH reviews our research and research co-operation every sixth year through a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The running time of the current assessment (RAE 2021) is from 2019 to 2022. It gathered 90 international experts who evaluated KTH and provided us with recommendations on how to strengthen and develop KTH's quality of research.

The RAE2021 is based on:

  • internal review
  • external peer-review assessment
  • self-assessments
  • evaluations from nine panels
  • previously conducted evaluations (RAE 2012 and RAE 2008)

Research fields

In RAE 2021, nine panels based on research fields will review KTH's research. The research connected to the panels consists of two to six departments and includes at least one expert for each field. The panels are:

  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry and Materials Science
  •  Computer Science
  • Intelligent Systems and Biomedical Engineering
  • Energy and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics and Engineering Mechanics
  • Physics and Applied Physics


Connected to each panel is a group of experts, on average eight, of which one took part in RAE 2012 and one is a representative from the private or public sector. In addition, experts from various panels will form thematic groups assigned to review KTH work in:

  • Research infrastructures
  • Sustainability
  • Impact

All of KTH's departments are connected to one panel and compile self-evaluations, which are put together into one joint report for that research field. Each panel has a KTH faculty coordinator, who will compile the report and be the primary contact for departments and the project team. This work is later distributed to external experts for review. The experts will visit KTH digitally during a so-called Visit's Week in August 2021.

The ongoing RAE was planned to be conducted in 2020 but was extended to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The year 2020 was instead dedicated to internal reviews, while 2021 was devoted to external peer-review by invited experts. The final reports and conclusion of the project are planned for January 2022.


Questions regarding KTH's self-assessment can be put in the project's mailbox.


Annika Stensson Trigell, Professor and Vice President for research, is scientifically responsible for RAE2021. Micael Stehr, Senior Adviser at KTH Research Support Office, is the RAE project group leader.