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
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.
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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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.