Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which should be a relatively high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions.
The word "Mensa" means "table" in Latin. Mensa is a round-table society, where sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, age, politics, educational or social background are not valued as entry criteria. The society welcomes people from almost every walk of life whose IQ ranges in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enriching each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Intelligence Day 2017 - Geneva

14.10.2017 - 12:00

Nous vous invitons à la seconde Journée de l'Intelligence qui aura cette année pour thème "HPI et Univers Professionnels". L'an passé, nous avons accueilli 250 personnes pour la première édition . Cette année nous nous retrouverons à Uni-Mail, salle M-S-150. L'entrée est gratuite, pas d'inscription préalable nécessaire, et les non membres sont bienvenus!

Les trois conférenciers suivants viendront nous faire part de leur expérience :

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International Scholarship Winners 2017

The Mensa Foundation recently announced the 2017 Scholarship Winners. The international winners and their major subjects were:

Mensa International Scholarship ($2'000)

  • Megan Griffiths, Mensa South Africa - Criminology

Mensa International Scholarship ($1'000)

  • Sebastian Seidel, Mensa Germany - Political Science and Economics
  • Jose Rafael Saade, Mensa Spain (via Central America and Belgium) - Egyptology
  • Marlene Tahedl, Mensa Germany - Neuroscience

Ed Vincent Scholarship ($1'000)

  • Pablo Pueyo Poves, Mensa Spain

Congratulations to the 5 winners and to their national Mensas!

Dr. David Silver receives the Mensa Foundation Prize 2017

Mensa is proud to present the inaugural Mensa Foundation Prize to Dr. David Silver, lead developer of the first computer program to defeat the world’s best Go players.

Silver was the main programmer on the AlphaGo team at Google DeepMind. AlphaGo, comprising a complex algorithm and artificial intelligence software, became the first program to defeat a human professional Go player in 2015. The results were published the following year in Nature. In subsequent tournaments, AlphaGo won 4-1 against Lee Sedol in March 2016 and 3-0 against Ke Jie in May 2017. Both are 9th dan professional players and considered to be two of the strongest players in the world.

European Mensa Annual Gathering 2017 in Barcelona

02.08.2017 (All day)
03.08.2017 (All day)
04.08.2017 (All day)
05.08.2017 (All day)
06.08.2017 (All day)

The EMAG 2017 will take place in Barcelona from August 2nd to August 6th 2017.
Mensa Spain promises that it will be the hottest EMAG ever.
The EMAG Website is now set up, so please register (early bird until April 30),
and join us to the hottest EMAG ever. More information is also on Facebook.

There is also an after EMAG tour from August 6 to 12.

EMAG Registration and Information


Annual Gathering 2017 in Geneva

15.09.2017 (All day)
16.09.2017 (All day)
17.09.2017 (All day)

We cordially invite you to the Annual Gathering (AG) 2017, which will take place in Geneva from Friday, September 15th to Sunday, September 17th. As usual, the General Assembly (GA) is part of the AG and takes place on Saturday, September 16th at the Société de Lecture from 10:00 to 14:00 incl. lunch.


Annual Gathering 2016

09.09.2016 (All day)
10.09.2016 (All day)
11.09.2016 (All day)

We cordially invite you to the Annual Gathering (AG) 2016, which will take place in Chur from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11th. As usual, the General Assembly (GA) is part of the AG and takes place on Saturday, September 10th in the ibW Höhere Fachschule Südostschweiz from 10:00 to 14:00 incl. lunch.


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Mensa Photocup 2016 - Entries in National Competition

These are all eight entries received & randomized for the National Photo Competition 2016.
The theme this year was "Unexpected!".

Voting via Doodle is open here:

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EMAG 2016 in Kraków

10.08.2016 (All day)
11.08.2016 (All day)
12.08.2016 (All day)
13.08.2016 (All day)
14.08.2016 (All day)
Kraków, Poland

EMAG 2016 will take place in Kraków, Poland, from the 10th to the 14th of August. During the five days of the gathering, Mensa Poland invites you all to join them in the great adventure. As all Mensans who took part in previous EMAGs can tell you, it is always the best way to spend a week of your summer holiday. Once you try it, you will never want to go back to the life you knew before. Dedicated lectures and talks, unique workshops, outdoor activities, sightseeing and exploring the beautiful city of Kraków – it is just a glimpse of what awaits you. EMAG is a great opportunity to make new friends, relax and get inspired by all those wonderful people and their ideas.