Published: 17-10-2022 11:07 | Updated: 17-10-2022 11:16

Continued work with follow-up of research conditions

In the autumn of 2022, the Committee for Research will begin an analysis of the research centres and internal research networks at Karolinska Institutet as well as of the departments’ challenges regarding the research conditions. The analysis forms part of the systematic quality work, where the three committees are tasked with following up the activities within their respective areas of responsibility.

Portrait of Martin Bergö
Martin Bergö is Academic Vice-President for Research and Chair of the Research Committee. Photo: Ulf Sirborn

The purpose of the committees’ follow-up work is to contribute to quality improvement, partly of the internal work on the departments and partly through KI centrally being able to provide the right support to these committees. The follow-up work is statutory and takes place each year. Feedback will be provided next year in those areas where the need for improvement has been identified.

The current follow-up work in the research area began in the spring of 2021, through a dialogue with the department heads of six selected departments. The next step will be to send out a questionnaire to all department heads, which will take place in October this year. The departments will then have until February 2023 to respond.

The follow-up for 2022 covers three areas:

  • Review of centres of expertise and research and their importance
  • Review of internal networks at KI and their importance
  • Analysis of current challenges on the departments as to the research conditions

“We are obligated to carry out this follow-up work, and within a few years KI will also be externally audited for our quality work,” says KI’s Academic Vice-President for Research, Martin Bergö. “At the same time, we can use the follow-up work to jointly create the best possible conditions for researchers and research at our university. The follow-up work thus becomes a tool for managing challenges, as well as further improving established operations.”