27 th Summer School in Social Science Methods. Register now.

January 30, 2023

The programme of the 27th Summer School in Social Science Methods in Lugano is out now. Registration is open.

The data of wave 6 of Selects is now available

January 20, 2023

This wave provides insights into vote intention in federal elections, vote decision in popular votes, opinion on various issues related to the war in the Ukraine (like the reception of Ukrainian refugees, energy policy, security policy, etc.).

These are the round 12 rotating modules for the European Social Survey

January 5, 2023

The ESS Scientific Advisory Board has completed its selection. The rotating modules for the European Social Survey Round 12 are “Personal & social wellbeing” and “Attitudes to immigrants and refugees”.

Call for abstracts for the SHP Conference

December 22, 2022

The 12th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland will take place at the University of Lausanne in June 14-15, 2023. Submit your session proposal or your abstract for a presentation or a poster until February 17, 2023.

The MOSAiCH call relating to the ISSP module ‘Digital Societies’ is out now !

December 20, 2022

We invite scholars to propose questions for the follow-up survey administered after the ISSP 2024 module on ‘Digital Societies’. Deadline 24.04.2023.

Round 10: Second data release now available

December 11, 2022

The second edition of data for Round 10 is out, including Switzerland. The fieldwork, done during the Covid pandemic, included in particular & in addition to the usual topics questions on democracy & digitalized social contacts, as well as on Covid.

Overwhelmed by learning in lockdown: A new study on homeschooling is out!

November 29, 2022

A new study on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our population was published recently. The study is based on data from the Swiss Household Panel (SHP).

Register for the event “Paving the way for the future” to support the SSH Infrastructures in Switzerland initiative

November 14, 2022

Register now for the public event “Paving the way for the future” that will take place at the University of Bern on January 18, 2023.

DASSI visits FORS: Exchange of best practices between neighbours

October 25, 2022

From 20 to 22 September 2022, Carlo Pisano and Domingo Scisci from DASSI, the Italian data archive for social sciences and CESSDA service provider, visited FORS.

Final data release of the ISSP 2019 “Social Inequality V”

October 20, 2022

The ISSP is glad to announce the publication of the final release of the international ISSP 2019 Social Inequality V data file (ZA7600_v3.0.0), including data from Switzerland and 28 other countries from six continents.

New platform for social science methods research launched at the Institute of Social Sciences

September 26, 2022

This platform represents researchers from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP) of the University of Lausanne and FORS who collaborate within the FORS-SSP research programme.

We are hiring a Junior Scientific Collaborator. Apply now!

September 26, 2022

We are looking for a Junior Scientific Collaborator (80-100%) to strengthen the team of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP).

Call for abstracts: ISSP User Conference on Social Inequality

September 23, 2022

The ISSP is very pleased to announce its first ISSP User Conference on Social Inequality, which will be held online on December 12, 2022. The Call for Abstracts is now open. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2022.

The social sciences and humanities need well-established and well-funded infrastructures

August 25, 2022

A new initiative asks for a better acknowledgment of the interests of the SSH domain among policy makers. Read the position paper and sign the letter of support.

Register now for our free online webinars on Data Management

August 25, 2022

We offer four free webinars on the following topics: Informed consent (27.09.22), Documentation (11.10.2022), Anonymisation of quantitative data (1.11.22) and Anonymisation of qualitative data (22.11.22).

The special issue on the Swiss National Elections 2019 is out now!

July 11, 2022

Issue edited by Nathalie Giger, Denise Traber and Anke Tresch. Published in the Swiss Political Science Review.

The FORS replication service: our new service for your replication materials

July 11, 2022

The FORS replication service is a free solution for journals and researchers to facilitate the sharing of the replication materials underlying publications.

The SHP is hiring. Join our team!

June 22, 2022

We are looking for a Junior Scientific Collaborator (80-100%) to strengthen the team of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP).

The SNSF gives the green light for the project “Swiss Direct Democracy in the 21st Century”

June 9, 2022

Eight Swiss universities, the Liechtenstein-Institute and FORS are involved in the project. FORS is responsible for the data collection.

Publication of the first partial data release of the ISSP 2020 “Environment IV”

June 3, 2022

The ISSP is glad to announce the publication of the first partial data release of the ISSP 2020 Environment IV (ZA7650_v1.0.0) with data from 14 countries, including Switzerland.

New data access portal to obtain ESS data

June 2, 2022

The new data portal will allow users to search and download European Social Survey data on 18,000 questions and variables contained in 60 downloadable data files.

SHARE becomes long-term !

May 24, 2022

SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, is a research infrastructure for studying the effects of health, social, economic and environmental policies over the life-course of European citizens and beyond. In Switzerland, SHARE is conducted by FORS and the UNIL.

People who volunteer do better during the pandemic

April 25, 2022

Lamprecht & Stamm conducted a study on the impact of the pandemic on volunteering on behalf of the Migros Culture Percentage and with data from the FORS COVID19-MOSAiCH study.

New SHP data release

April 1, 2022

Wave 22 contains the two modules “Social participation” and “Political behavior and values” and three new questions on “feelings towards LGBTIQ+ individuals”.

FORS Annual Report 2021

March 20, 2022

We have just published our Annual Report 2021. See what we do for the social sciences in Switzerland and abroad. Editorial by FORS Director, Prof. Georg Lutz, on “Research through research infrastructures”.