Call for Round 13 Rotating Modules – European Social Survey

January 9, 2024

Researchers are invited to submit applications for modules of questions to be fielded in each round of the European Social Survey. The deadling is April 26, 2023.

Just released: MOSAiCH Call 2025 – with a thematic focus on WORK

December 21, 2023

We invite researchers to propose questions for the second part of the MOSAiCH Survey 2025, which will thematically complement the ISSP 2025 Work Orientations V module. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 22, 2024.

Marking the 15th anniversary of FORS

December 18, 2023

Many past and present contributors to FORS joined us last month, engaging in discussions that highlighted FORS’s remarkable journey and its future direction.

Interview with Brian Kleiner on the collaboration between CESSDA ERIC and FORS

December 7, 2023

Brian Kleiner, Head of Data and Research Information Services for the Social Sciences: “Through CESSDA, we are able to build things together with other Data Archives and we benefit from what we build”.

A new study on life satisfaction and retirement

November 30, 2023

A new study using data from the SHP and the SOEP states that the life satisfaction trajectories around retirement age have improved over the last 20 years.

Call for papers for the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association 2024

November 24, 2023

Submit your abstract. From exploring crises, risks, and vulnerability using MOSAiCH-data to innovating gender analysis in quantitative surveys and (de)gendering vulnerabilities.

Understanding Swiss Voting Behaviour: Selects in the media

November 14, 2023

The Swiss Election Study (Selects) has researched Swiss citizens’ voting behavior in national elections since 1995. Explore a collection of articles showcasing Selects and its team members.

The Secondary Data Usage Must Improve

November 7, 2023

FORS/linkhub.ch and Interpharma set forth the requirements for a ‘Framework Law for Secondary Data Usage’ from the perspective of social science and pharmaceutical research.

Sharing personal data through a data repository. Register now.

October 9, 2023

Are you involved in the provision of data management support to social science researchers in Swiss research institutions? Then register for this free online workshop on November 28, 2023. 9:00 am -12:30 pm.

FORS secures the CoreTrustSeal certification for data trustworthiness

September 25, 2023

The CoreTrustSeal is a globally recognized certification awarded to organizations that have demonstrated their dedication to responsible data stewardship and excellence in data management practices.

First edition of the CNES seminar series on Implementing mixed-mode surveys

September 21, 2023

This CNES Seminar Series casts a spotlight on different National Election Studies that share their experiences in designing and conducting election studies. Free online event: 14.11.2023

Final data release of the ISSP 2020 Environment IV

August 29, 2023

The ISSP is pleased to announce the publication of the final release of the international ISSP 2020 Environment IV data file (ZA7650_v2.0.0), which includes data from Switzerland and 27 other ISSP member countries around the world.

The Swiss Household Panel in the media

August 17, 2023

Results from the SHP have been discussed extensively in the media lately, notably on the drop of fertility rates in Switzerland. Whereas 30 years ago about 16% of women in Switzerland were childless, this number has increased to 25% today.

Switzerland Becomes Full Member of CESSDA ERIC, Strengthening Research Collaboration in Europe

June 9, 2023

FORS has been nominated as the national CESSDA service provider by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

Final Round 10 data release

June 7, 2023

The third edition of data and documentation for the European Social Survey (ESS) Round 10 (2020-22) has just been published. Data from more than 30 countries who took part in this Round is now available via the ESS Data Portal.

The mysteries of health measurement

June 5, 2023

The workshop “How to measure health?” at the Mystères de l’UNIL event gave families an insight into the large-scale surveys carried out by FORS and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lausanne.

New SHP data released

May 25, 2023

We have published Wave 23 of the SHP. You can find all the data sets on SWISSUbase (Living in Switzerland Waves 1-23 + Covid 19 data). Wave 23 contains the two modules Religion and Psychological dimensions as well as new questions on chronic diseases.

New study published on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Switzerland

March 16, 2023

A new study investigates how and for whom relations with neighbors changed during the pandemic and how these changes impacted subjective well-being and trust in other people.

Discover our new documentation page!

March 16, 2023

We rethought our documentation webpage. All the information concerning the SHP documentation is now compiled on one page and easily accessible.

27 th Summer School in Social Science Methods.

March 9, 2023

There is still time to register for the 27th Summer School in Social Science Methods in Lugano. In response to requests from past participants, three new courses are introduced this year.

FORS Annual Report 2022

March 2, 2023

The 2022 Annual Report showcases our research, our data services, infrastructure and collaboration programs and publications. The report also summarizes all of the activities associated with our national and international surveys.

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.).

Release of the MOSAiCH 2022 dataset on Family and Changing Gender Roles

January 9, 2023

Release of the MOSAiCH/ISSP 2022 data on “Family and Changing Gender Roles” and related topics, fielded in spring 2022.

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”.

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.