The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)

IVA was founded in 1919 and was the first engineering science academy in the world. The Academy comprises 1300 Swedish and foreign elected fellows and is enriched by the knowledge and experience of more than 200 members in the IVA Business Executives Council. A short glance at IVA’s unique network reveals decision-makers and experts from business, industry, academia, research institutes, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. 

The Business Executives Council

The Business Executives Council has been a part of IVA for over 50 years. It gives the Academy a strong foothold in the business community and provides long-term financial support. The Council has over 200 member companies and organizations.


IVA aims to influence societal development and policy making through knowledge transfer activities and projects. The projects always have a scientific approach, and mobilize the expertise in IVA´s network. The projects typically run for 1-2 years.


The Academy arranges numerous meetings throughout Sweden that are open to the public and are free of charge. The headquarter of the Academy and the IVA Conference Center are located in central Stockholm. IVA North, West and South are hubs for the regional networks.


IVA´s activities include a global perspective in which external analysis, study trips an cooperation with engineering academies in other countries are emphasized. IVA is, for example, a member of Euro-CASE (European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences Technlogies an Engineering) as well as of CAETS (International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences).

H.M. the King´s patronage

H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf is IVA´s patron. He takes an active part in Academy activities, including the Royal Technology Mission in which H.M. the King participates in a delegation of distinguished business and research leaders to a country of interest. The purpose is to study the science and business climate as well as to foster new relations and collaborations between Sweden and the host country.


IVA recognizes and rewards important achievements in natural sciences, engineering and economics by distributing awards, scholarships and medals. In most cases, these comes from donations.


Over the years a number of spin-off ventures and organizations have emerged from IVA.  These include the Swedish Museum of Science and Technology, the Institute of Surface Chemistry, the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation, Connect Sweden and Power Circle.


The Academy is independent and funded through projects grants, contributions from the business community, government grants and income from conference activities. IVA´s turnover in 2013 was SEK 90 million.

Founded in 1919

Founded in 1919 IVA is the world´s oldest academy of engineering sciences. The Swedish fellows, approximately 1000 in number, are assigned to one of twelve divisions that focus on various areas of engineering and economics. IVA also has close to 300 foreign fellows.