The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) is an independent academy whose mission is “...to promote the engineering and economic sciences and the advancement of business and industry for the benefit of society.” (IVA statutes, §1).
IVA has 1,300 elected Swedish and international members. They are decision-makers, experts and researchers from the private sector, academia and public administration. HM King Carl XVI Gustaf is the patron and participates in IVA’s activities.
The 1,000 or so Swedish members are divided into twelve divisions. The divisions monitor, analyse and impact important issues within their field by, for example, organising seminars on topical issues. The members are also active in IVA’s Programme Council and projects, and contribute in their area of expertise to IVA’s referral responses to the Government.
Important components of IVA are the Business Executives Council, which has 200 member companies and organisations, the Industrial Research Committee, the Student Council and the regional networks: IVA North, IVA West and IVA South.
IVA also runs a series of projects and arranges seminars throughout the country that are free-of-charge and open to all.
IVA’s highest decision-making body is the Assembly of the Academy. At the Assembly, all members have the right to vote on the election of new Swedish members based on proposals from the Divisions.
The Academy holds four assemblies a year. The Academy also organises a public Annual Meeting.
IVA is governed by the Executive Council, which is also the Academy’s board of trustees. The Council has seven members and Carl-Henric Svanberg is Chairman.
The Academy’s Advisory Council is tasked with deliberating on issues that affect and are relevant to all of the Divisions, such as statutes, work procedures and budgets, in preparation for decisions by the Executive Committee. The Advisory Council’s members are the Division chairs, the chairmen of the three regional networks and IVA’s President. The Secretary to the Academy as well as the chairmen of the Business Executives Council and the Industrial Research Committee are also called upon to attend meetings.
The Academy’s twelve divisions and their focus areas
I Mechanical Engineering
Monica Bellgran (Chairman), Ingrid Jansson (Secretary)
Mechanical engineering, sciences that generate effective production of engineering products and systems. Integration of production development and manufacturing.
II Electrical Engineering
Birgitta Resvik (Chairman), Karin Byman (Secetary)
The electrotechnical, electronic and software engineering sciences, and matters relating to systems, plants, equipment, components and materials.
III Building and Construction
Ulrika Francke (Chairman), Staffan Eriksson (Secretary)
Engineering relating to buildings, civil construction and transportation. General issues relating to designing, planning, processes, project management, as well as energy, the environment and water resources.
IV Chemical Engineering
Martin Malmsten (Chairman), Jan Westberg (Secretary)
Chemistry and chemical engineering. Analysing and taking initiatives in issues where chemistry-based knowledge contributes to financial and environmental sustainable development.
V Mining and Materials
Gert Nilsson (Chairman), Elin Vinger Elliot (Secretary)
All stages of mining, mineral and materials engineering – from prospecting for ore and minerals, research into new materials, to the production of finished materials such as metals, ceramics and polymers.
Marie Hafström (Chairman), Lotta Thörn (Secretary)
Business economics, industrial economics, organisational structures and the history of engineering and economics. Matters relating to business enterprise and leadership that can contribute to the development of more efficient, competitive and innovative public and private sector organisations.
VII Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences
Sophia Hober (Chairman), Per Hjertén (Secretary)
The basic engineering sciences, industrial applications of engineering, and interdisciplinary engineering sciences.
VIII Forest Technology
Lena Ek (Chairman), Johanna Theander (Secretary)
Forest engineering, process engineering and systems to manage raw materials and products in the forest industry. Issues with broad significance in forestry and forest industries.
Mia Horn af Rantzien (Chairman), Hampus Lindh (secretary)
The economic sciences with a focus on economics and connections to business administration, as well as how economics and engineering intersect. Key issues relating to Sweden’s economy and the way it works.
Stefan Ståhl (Chairman), Johan Weigelt (Secretary)
Biotechology, food technology, medical technology, environmental technology and process engineering and their applications, particularly in basic research, the food industry/health care and agriculture/food industry. Issues relating to how to stimulate development in biotechnology.
XI Education and Research Policy
Peter Larsson (Chairman), Martin Wikström (Secretary)
The education system’s content and organisation, and management of research and development at universities, research institutes and in industry. Administration of public systems and service companies, R&D support systems, research on R&D and the history of technology and industry.
XII Information Technology
Staffan Truvé (Chairman), Linda Olsson (Secretary)
Computer science, information technology and telecommunications, and their applications and significance for the development of society.