Research & Art

Scientific and Artistic Advisory Boards (SAB, SAAB)

The Scientific (and Artistic) Advisory Boards (SAB / SAAB) of our schools have an important function in supporting the development of the university.

The tasks of the Scientific and Artistic Advisory Boards

  • to review and support the research, artistic and teaching activities and plans of the schools (with focus on research activities),
  • to give recommendations on new directions, openings and development activities of the schools, and
  • to evaluate the impacts of the development actions.

In order to fulfill their tasks, each Scientific Advisory Board will meet approximately once in every two years, except when a more in-depth Research, Art and Impact (RAI) assessment takes place. The SAB/SAAB meetings have been organized in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2021. The focus of the 2021 meeting was twofolded: First and foremost, to comment on the school's strategy in relation to Aalto University's new strategy, and secondly, to assess how the schools and departments have responded to the recommendations they received in the RAI2018 evaluation.

The material for the 2021 visit are found (for Aalto personel) at S(A)AB 2021 - Home (

The next SAB/SAAB will take place in November, 2024.

The contact persons of the SAB/SAAB process are the development managers at each school, and a university level contact person is Senior advisor Erja Ämmälahti [email protected]. The SAB/SAAB process is part of the general research assessment framework in Aalto University.


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Research assessments

Aalto University regularly assess the quality of its research and artistic activities, and its societal impact. The assessment is based on internationally agreed best practices and peer review.

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