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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 2021:

  • Monday, January 25th: annual meeting was performed via Zoom.
  • Monday February 8: Prof. Laura Downing lectured via Zoom on “Testing typologies of consonant inventories: the view from Africa”
  • Monday March 8: Prof. Roland Kjellander lectured via Zoom on “Looking into the world of molecules, which is also our world” (lecture held in Swedish)
  • Monday April 12: PhD Per Magnus Johansson lectured via Zoom on “The turn of the century 1900, August Strindberg and Sigmund Freud” (lecture held in Swedish)
  • Monday May 10: Thematic walks in Gothenburg

Lectures during winter/spring 2020:

February 10: Architect Rasmus Waern, techn. dr:
“Varför har vi arkitektur?” (Why do we have architecture?)
March 9: Urban Strandberg, fil. dr., University of Gothenburg:
International Youth Think Tank. Furthering a democracy movement in Europe
April 6: Meeting cancelled due to the corona virus pandemic
May 11: Meeting cancelled due to the corona virus pandemic
September 14: Professor Håkan Pleijel, University of Gothenburg:
“Växters upptag av grundämnen – näringsämnen och andra” (The absorption of elements, nutritional and others, by plants)
November 9: Professor Mats Jontell, University of Gothenburg:
“Munhålan kroppens spegel: fakta eller fiktion?” (The mouth as a mirror of the body: facts or fiction?)
December 14: Docent Jenny Bergenmar, University of Gothenburg:
“”Hela folkets kära vän”. Tankar om nationen i breven till Selma Lagerlöf” (“Everybody’s dear friend. Thoughts about the nation in the letters to Selma Lagerlöf)


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.