Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

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Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien
Formation26 October 1919
Sweden Sweden
1000 members
300 foreign members
Carl-Henric Svanberg

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences or Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (IVA), founded on 24 October 1919 by King Gustaf V, is one of the royal academies in Sweden. The academy is an independent organisation, which promotes contact and exchange between business, research, and government, in Sweden and internationally. It is the world's oldest academy of engineering sciences.(OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Sweden 2012).


The King is the patron of the Academy.[1] The following people have been presidents of IVA since its foundation in 1919:[2]

Academy member[edit]

Each year, outstanding scientists and engineers from universities and industries are elected into membership of IVA. Currently, the academy has 1000 Swedish and 300 foreign members.[3] Foreign members are non-resident and non-citizen of Sweden. All new members are nominated by existing members.

Focus areas[edit]

The academy focuses on twelve[4] areas of engineering sciences:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mining and Materials
  • Management
  • Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences
  • Forest Technology
  • Economics
  • Biotechnology
  • Education and Research Policy
  • Information Technology

Each focus area is addressed by a committee with a representative chair.


The academy awards several prizes: Large Gold Medal (since 1924), Gold Medal (since 1921), Brinell medal (Brinellmedaljen, since 1936, and named after Johan August Brinell), Gold Plaque (since 1951), Honorary Sign (since 1919), Axel F. Enstrom Medal (1959–1981), amongst others.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The King attends the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences' future seminar, Swedish Royal Court, 2016".
  2. ^ Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien: IVAs VDar, accessed on July 19, 2009 (in Swedish)
  3. ^ "IVA in English".
  4. ^ "The Academy".

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