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 FORS Data Re-use Award 2022

August 18, 2022

Are you currently working with social science data you got from FORS? Or are you planning to do so in the next few months? Then consider submitting your paper and get the chance to win up to 1’000 CHF. Deadline October 1, 2022.

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”.

SWISSUbase is launched to replace FORSbase !

February 16, 2022

SWISSUbase replaces the original FORSbase for the social sciences. The objective of SWISSUbase is to ensure that research data and metadata across different disciplines are preserved and accessible for the long-term.

26th Summer School in Social Science Methods. Register now.

February 11, 2022

The programme of the 26th Summer School in Social Science Methods in Lugano is out now. Registration is open.

Data of the second SHARE Corona Survey are now available

February 11, 2022

The second SHARE Corona Survey re-interviewed respondents of the first SHARE Corona Survey enabling to study changes between the start of the pandemic and the situation one year later in a cross-national perspective.

Release of the MOSAiCH 2021 dataset on Health and Health Care

February 7, 2022

The data and documentation on this release can be downloaded on SWISSUbase.

Check out our latest FORS Guides on survey methods & data management

January 4, 2022

The latest FORS Guides, written by experts, discuss the legal considerations for research in Switzerland,  replication in the social sciences and representativeness of surveys and its analysis.

New publication about the Swiss Houshold Panel

December 21, 2021

A new article provides an overview of the SHP – focusing on the survey’s key design features, content, data collection and adjustments, possibilities for cross-national comparisons, data use and accomplishments.

Support us with the implementation of the Generation and Gender Program in Switzerland

December 18, 2021

Help us by signing a support letter to show that this program is relevant to the whole Swiss research community.

Publication of the second partial data release of the ISSP 2019 ‘Social Inequality V’

December 14, 2021

The ISSP is glad to announce the publication of a second partial data release of the ISSP 2019 Social Inequality V (ZA7600_v2.0.0), including data from Switzerland and 21 other countries.

CESSDA is hiring a new Director

November 10, 2021

CESSDA, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Director, starting in March 2022.