The ETH Board reports primarily to the Confederation, indirectly to the Federal Parliament and, particularly regarding the annual report, to the interested public.

For the ETH Domain, a central role is played by the ETH Board’s reporting system. This comprises the annual report and the intermediate evaluation in the middle of the (usually four-year) performance period.

Intermediate evaluation

Halfway through the performance period, the ETH Board draws up a self-assessment report which provides an overview of the extent to which the Federal Council’s strategic objectives have been achieved. This report forms the basis for an external peer review, which is commissioned by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). The self-assessment report, the external peer review and the corresponding statements combined constitute the so-called intermediate report. The EAER always submits this to the Federal Parliament together with the application for the next performance period’s funding framework.

Annual consolidated report

Within the scope of its obligation to report annually to the Confederation, the ETH Board illuminates various aspects of the development of the ETH Domain. The annual report is a critical self-assessment of the ETH Domain conducted by the ETH Board, combined with a report on how the annual federal financial contribution is used. This report is based on the Federal Council’s strategic objectives and is submitted to the Federal Council. However, it is also directed to the Federal Parliament and the interested public. The ETH Domain’s consolidated financial statements comprise the balance sheet, the income statement, the investment statement, the cash flow statement and notes. The ETH Board also prepares annual technical reports, which it has to submit to the Federal Administration.