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.
The 2016 High IQ World Championships are an educational and intellectually-stimulating competition for the world’s brightest and most gifted minds. Participants of all ages and countries engage in a wide-range of innovative activities and questions to test intelligence in quantitative puzzles, games-based learning and real-world IQ aptitude tests.
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.
The Annual Gathering (AG) 2016 will take place in Chur from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11th. As usual, the General Assembly (AG) is part of the AG and will take place on Saturday, September 10th.
The complete program will be published in 2016. For now, you just might want to save the date.
We cordially invite you to the Annual Gathering (AG) 2015, which will take place in Visp from Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27. As usual, the General Assembly (GA) is part of the AG and takes place on Saturday in the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum La Poste from 10:00 to 14:00, with lunch being served around 12:00. After the GA, you can choose between two afternoon events, a guided tour of the Stockalperschloss or Visp's vineyard trail. Saturday will conclude with the traditional gala dinner.
October 1st 2014 - The Mensa Education and Research Foundation has decided to extend the scholarship program for student members of Mensa. It is now open to Mensa members worldwide (after having been limited to members of American Mensa so far). The program bases its awards on essays written by the applicants explaining their career, academic and/or vocational goals and how they plan to achieve those goals. No consideration is given to grades, academic program or financial need.
Vom 15. bis 19. Oktober 2014 wird im KKL in Luzern die 1. Europameisterschaft im Kopfrechnen für 10- bis 17-jährige stattfinden. Der Anlass wird vom EHK, von Praxis Denkraum und Mensa Schweiz gesponsert.
The European Mensa Annual Gathering 2014 will take place in Zurich from July 30th to August 3rd 2014.
All Mensans are invited to five days of talks, walks, workshops, sightseeing, parties and socializing. We expect around 330 participants from all over the world. The EMAG center will be at the Hotel Novotel Zurich City-West.
On Sunday, April 27th 2014, Mensa Switzerland broke the 1000 member milestone.
We would like to say thank you to everyone who joined us and to all the volunteers who worked on this goal during the past 49 years since our founding. We hope that the forthcoming years are just as prosperous.