"to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society"

The members

Being elected a member of the Academy constitutes exclusive recognition of successful achievements. These could be prominent research in mathematics, natural science, engineering, social science or humanities, but also outstanding services to science.

The Academy has today about 450 Swedish and 175 foreign members. Since the start in 1739, about 1.600 Swedes have been elected to membership.

The Academy's members are divided into ten scientific disciplines, called classes:

Astronomy and space science 
Medical sciences 
Engineering sciences 
Social sciences 
Humanities and for outstanding services to science

The members are also involved in the Academy's committees and panels, as well as in the processes of selecting candidates for Academy's prizes.

Juleen Zierath, Sara Snogerup Linse and Anne L'Huillier, members of the Academy and Chairs of the Nobel Committees for Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry and Physics 2015. Photo: Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine.


New members

At the General Meeting on 11 May, Johan Elf, Uppsala University, Kálmán Szabó, Stockholm University and Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Chalmers University of Technology were elected Swedish members. Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany, and Michael J. Puett, Harvard University, MA, USA were elected foreign members.

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