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 2016:

  • Sunday, January 24th - annual formal meeting and dinner at Valands festvåning, Vasagatan 41, Gothenburg.
  • Mondays February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9, September 12, November 14 and December 12.
  • Monday October 10, a symposium on the topic Göteborg - de första hundra åren (in Swedish; preliminary title) is arranged.

Lectures during spring 2016:

February 8:
Professor Henrik Björck (history of ideas, University of Gothenburg):
  Kollegialitet - en omstridd materia  (In Swedish)
March 14:
Professor Kaj Blennow (clinical neuro chemistry, University of Gothenburg):
  Hjärnskakning, knockout och traumatisk hjärnskada. Vad händer när hjärnan får stryk?
  (In Swedish)  
April 11:
Professor Minna Karstunen (geotechnology, Chalmers University of Technology):
  Geotechnical Challenges in Soft Sensitive Clay 
May 9:
Professor Peter Tigerstedt (University of Helsinki):
  Vad skall vi plantera i park och trädgård med sikte på klimatet 2015?   (In Swedish)
Dr Henrik Sjöman (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - Alnarp, and Botanical
   Garden, Gothenburg):
  Hur skall vi veta vilka träd som kommer bli framtidens nya stadsträd?   (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, 2015, there are 279 working (Swedish) members, 4 honorary members and 85 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.