Founded on 8 October 1954, the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences of Uppsala is one of the youngest learned societies in Sweden. Since its inception, it has been an interdisciplinary meeting place. For scholars of all faculties, at both Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the Society offers a forum for discussion across disciplinary boundaries.
The Society was founded on the initiative of Ivar Modéer, a professor of Scandinavian languages. During their years as its Preses, Torgny Segerstedt (1961-1978) and Stig Strömholm (1979-2002), Vice-Chancellors of Uppsala University, made important contributions to the development of the Society. Professor of Political Sciences Sverker Gustavsson continued this work during his mandate as Preses (2003-2018).
Since 1967, the Society is based at Stenhuset, a charming old building situated near the Main University Building. Here, members gather for discussions and social events.