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 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.
For the third 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 10 games from all sorts of genres. In the middle of March, they decided on the five finalists.
For the third time Mensa Switzerland awards the game prize «Mensa Preference». The award is dedicated to the best game published in 2013. During the last few months the members have selected the finalists who will compete for the title «Mensa Preference 2013».
The following 5 games are the finalists:
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)
All the best for 2014!