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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 2017:

  • Sunday, January 24th – annual formal meeting and dinner at Valands festvåning, Vasagatan 41, Gothenburg.
  • Mondays February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, September 11, November 13 and December 11.
  • Monday October 9, a symposium  i arranged. The topic is to be announced.

Lectures during winter/spring 2017:

February 13: Professor Jan Borén (Cardiovascular
and Metabolic Research, University of Gothenburg):
  Blodfetternas roll för att utveckla
(In Swedish)
March 13: Göran Karlsson (musician) and
professor Anders Wiklund (Musicology, University of
   Vad är barockmusik och hur kan det
(In Swedish).
Introductory concert with
Karlsson Barock.
April 10: Professor Professor Lars Borin (
Computational Linguistics, University of Gothenburg)
& Professor Mats Malm (Comparative literature,
University of Gothenburg):
  Vad är digital humaniora?  (In
May 8: Professor Bengt Gunnarsson
(Conservation biology, University of Gothenburg):
Grön stad? Samspel mellan människor,
andra djur och växter 
(In Swedish)
Professor Per Åberg (Marine science, University of
På djupet med fokus på en art. Om
(In Swedish)


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, 2017, there are 288 working (Swedish) members, 4 honorary members and 80 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.