"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:

Mathematics
Astronomy and space science 
Physics 
Chemistry 
Geosciences 
Biosciences 
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

Academy members Susanne Åkesson and Christer Löfstedt. Photo: Anders Hedenström and Inger Ekström.At the General Meeting on 8 June Susanne Åkesson and Christer Löfstedt, both Professors of ecology at Lund University, were elected members of the Academy's Class for Biosciences.

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Honorary members

H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria hands over the Tobias Prize to Sten Eirik W. Jacobsen at a ceremony at the Academy in 2014. Photo: Markus Marcetic.H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria has been an honorary member of the Academy since 2008.

The Academy has elected members of the Swedish royal family to honorary members since 1810. They have most often been princes and 15 honorary members have been elected since then.