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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 the year 2022:

  • Monday February 14: Prof. Yvonne Leffler lectured  on ”The wonder of the Swedish novel in the 19th century: Writing the history of literature then and now” (lecture held in Swedish)
  • Monday March 14: Prof. Fredrik Bäckhed lectured  on ”A Dinner with a billion Guests” (lecture held in Swedish)
  • Monday April 12: PhD Fredrik Fällman lectures on ”The Chinese Dream: On propaganda and Chinese special features” (lecture held in Swedish)
  • Tuesday May 24: Annual meeting

Lectures during the autumn of 2021:

October11: Symposium ”Travelling and Movements”
November 8: Prof. Eva-Maria Svensson:
”The New Boundlessness and the commercialization of Freedom of Speech” (in Swedish)
December 13: Prof. Anders Jarlert: ”The ’Westswedish parcel’: a problematic concept in Church history


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 Gunhild Vidén
Chairperson 2020: Professor Anders Jarlert. Chairperson 2021: Professor Anna Hannesdóttir


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, 2021, there are 305 working (Swedish) members, 3 honorary members and 92 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.