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.

Photocup

Mensa Photocup
Brilliance by Thomas HunzikerPhoto: Brilliance by Thomas Hunziker

 

The art of photography is an area where Mensans from over 50 countries with different languages, customs and traditions can converge with a single, visual language! Use your creativity, skills, and technical expertise to produce your entry in the Mensa PhotoCup!

 

European Mensa Annual Gathering 2017 in Barcelona

Date: 
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)
City: 
Barcelona

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

Date: 
15.09.2017 (All day)
16.09.2017 (All day)
17.09.2017 (All day)
City: 
Geneva

The Annual Gathering (AG) 2017 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.


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Program

Friday, September 15th

TBA

Saturday, September 16th

TBA

Sunday, September 17th

TBA

Annual Gathering 2016

Date: 
09.09.2016 (All day)
10.09.2016 (All day)
11.09.2016 (All day)
City: 
Chur

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:

Voting Instructions:

EMAG 2016 in Kraków

Date: 
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)
City: 
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.

Annual Gathering 2015

Date: 
25.09.2015 (All day)
26.09.2015 (All day)
27.09.2015 (All day)
City: 
Visp

AG 2015 in Visp

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.

Mensa International Scholarship Program

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.