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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 autumn of 2023:

  • Prof. Malin Celander (lecture to be announced, held in Swedish)
  • Monday October 2: Symposium, ”The underworld: myth, facts, resources” (lectures held in Swedish)
  • Monday November 13: Author and journalist Kristian Wedel (lecture to be announced, held in Swedish)
  • Monday December 11: Prof. Per Helander (lecture to be announced, held in English)


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 2023: Professor Yvonne Leffler


General meetings are usually held in Wallenstamsalen, City Museum of Gothenburg, Norra Hamngatan 12, Gothenburg. Due to renovation work at the museum, other premises will be used during the autumn of 2023

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, 2023, there are 2 honorary members, 305 working (Swedish) members, and 91 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. A list of foreign members is presented here.

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.