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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 2020:

  • Thursday, January 24th – annual formal meeting and dinner at Börsen, Gustav Adolfs torg, Gothenburg.
  • Mondays February 10, March 9, April 6, May 11, September 14, November 9 and December 14. The meetings are generally held in Swedish.
  • October 12, a symposium  is arranged. The topic is the scholarly biography.

Lectures during winter/spring 2019:

February 10: Architect and professor Gert Wingårdh (Architecture and technology, Chalmers university of technology):
Titel to be announced(In Swedish)
March 9: To be announced
April 6: To be announced
May 11: Minisymposium: the diocese of Gothenburg 400 years. The symposium takes place in the premises of the University in the Botanical Garden 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 Gunhild Vidén
Chairperson 2019: Professor Elisabet Ahlberg. Chairperson 2020: Professor Anders Jarlert


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.