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.

10 games on the long list for the prize «Mensa Preference 2014»

For the third time Mensa Switzerland awards the game prize «Mensa Preference». The award is dedicated to the best game published in 2013. The following 10 games are on the long list:

«Blueprints» by Yves Tourigny (Z-Man Games)
«La Boca» by Inka Brand, Markus Brand (Kosmos)
«Bora Bora» by Stefan Feld (Alea/Ravensburger)
«Bruxelles 1893» von Etienne Espreman (Pearl Games/Heidelbär)
«Die Glassstrasse» by Uwe Rosenberg (Feuerland)

Happy new year!

All the best for 2014!



1.10.2013: Podiumsdiskussion "Förderung der Hochbegabung"

Am Dienstag, den 1. Oktober 2013, dem internationalen «Tag der Intelligenz», jährt sich die Gründung von Mensa zum 67. Mal. Aus diesem Anlass veranstaltet Mensa Schweiz an diesem Tag eine Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema «Förderung der Hochbegabung». Wie die Bedürfnisse von Hochbegabten im Schulalltag besser berücksichtigt werden können, wird in den Medien immer wieder heftig diskutiert. Aus diesem Grund haben wir drei Experten aus dem Bildungsbereich eingeladen, die in ihre Forschungsbereiche einführen und sich unseren Fragen stellen.

Annual Gathering 2013

13.09.2013 - 16:00
14.09.2013 - 10:00
15.09.2013 - 10:00

Dear Member,

We cordially invite you to the Annual Gathering 2013 (AG), which will take place in Montreux from September 13 to 15. As usual, the General Assembly is part of the AG and takes place on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Hotel Helvetie.

We are looking forward to meeting many Mensans from all of Switzerland!


Friday, September 13

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«Tzolk'in» wins board game prize «Mensa Preference»

For the second time, Mensa Switzerland awarded the game prize «Mensa Preference» for the best board game released in the last year.

In September the passionate game players in our High IQ Society started to test the games they liked best and which they deemed to deserve recognition for their complexity and the fun they provide. On January 1st a primary selection was presented, consisting of 15 games from all sorts of genres. In the middle of March, they decided on the five finalists.

Five finalists for the game prize «Mensa Preference 2013»

For the second time Mensa Switzerland awards the game prize «Mensa Preference». The award is dedicated to the best game published in 2012. During the last few months the members have selected the finalists who will compete at the Fête du Jeu on Mai 5, 2013 for the title «Mensa Preference 2013».

The following 5 games are the finalists:

«Divinare», a clever card game, which not only requires clairvoyant capabilites, but rather a understanding for probabilites and a bit of luck;

Podiumsdiskussion «Wie verrückt muss ein Genie sein?»

«Genie und Wahnsinn» lautet der deutsche Titel des Films «A Beautiful Mind». Darin spielt Russell Crowe den Mathematiker John Nash, der an paranoider Schizophrenie erkrankt war und für seine Arbeit mit einem Nobelpreis geehrt wurde. Der deutsche Titel des Films legt nahe, dass ein Zusammenhang zwischen psychischer Krankheit und Problemlösungsfähigkeiten besteht. Ob tatsächlich eine Verbindung vorhanden ist, fragt Peer Teuwsen, Leiter der Schweizer «Die Zeit»-Redaktion, am Donnerstag, 21.