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The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg


The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg was founded in 1778. It is an independent learned society encompassing different disciplines in Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences. Its general objectives are to promote scientific exchange among different disciplines. The activities are mainly focused on lectures, conferences and publications. Support to researchers is given through grants. In addition, a number of prizes are awarded on a regular basis. New scientific needs, not yet recognized in the regular university system, are identified and promoted.

Members are elected through a dedicated selection procedure and authorized by the Academy’s membership. The Academy is legally independent and relies financially on donations without any public support.


General meetings in year 2019:

  • Thursday, January 24th – annual formal meeting and dinner at Valands festvåning, Vasagatan 41, Gothenburg.
  • Mondays February 11, March 11, April 8, May 8, September 11, November 11 and December 9.
  • October 14-15, a symposium  is arranged in collaboration with the Finnish Society of Science. The topic is ”Our common sea”.

Lectures during winter/spring 2019:

February 11: Professor Jan Retsö (Arabic, University of Gothenburg):
  Berättelsen om drottningen av Saba och dess öden i historien (In Swedish)
March 11: Professor Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen (astronomy, Chalmers university of technology)
April 10: Senior lecturer Adam Shehata (journalism, media and communication, University of Gothenburg)
May 13: Professor Anna Wåhlin (oceanography, University of Gothenburg))


The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg (KVVS)
P.O. Box 222, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
Tel. +46 (0)31-786 14 00
Secretary General: Professor Ingemar Nilsson


General meetings are held in Wallenstamsalen, City Museum of Gothenburg, Norra Hamngatan 12, Gothenburg.

Office: Gothenburg University Library, Renströmgatan 4, Gothenburg. The library and archives of the Academy are situated at this office.


The academy has three categories of members: Honorary members, working members and foreign members. As of January 1, 2019, there are 298 working (Swedish) members, 3 honorary members and 89 foreign members. The academy is organized in classes representing different scientific disciplines. In addition, the academy incorporates leading representatives of jurisprudence, museums and belle lettres.

The academy is governed by a board of 9 members lead by a chair person and elected annually. A secretary general serves as operative leader of the academy. A number of committees with different responsibilities are constituted.