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 autumn 2016:

September 12:
Professor Marie Demker (political science, University of Gothenburg):
  Politisk mobilisering utefter nya skiljelinjer (In Swedish)
October 10:
Symposium: Göteborg, de 100 första åren. (In Swedish)
November 14:
Professor Imre Pázsit (professor of nuclear phyics, Chalmers, University of Technology):
  Lise Meitner och upptäckten av kärnenergin (In Swedish)
December 12:
Professor Gunnar D. Hansson (Comparative Literature, University of Gothenburg)
Professor Lars Lönnroth (Comparative Literature, University of Gothenburg)
  Den poetiska Eddan och de isländska sagorna i svensk översättning. Om översättningens
(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.