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Dawson makes the Connection in Swansea!

Jacks Lyndon, Dawson Edwards and Mo Comfort (Waterstone's Cafe) Picture by Dale Thalrose Despite the distractions of Wales' Six Nations Grand Slam decider, shoppers in Waterstones Swansea were treated to a taste of Mensa at a special promotion event on Saturday. Mensa Cymru publicity officer Jacks Lyndon, regional officer Sam Hill and member Dale Thalrose spent the day talking to people about what Mensa does and about the supervised IQ test sessions held in South Wales. Puzzle sheets and...

Fun days for bright sparks and training days for teachers!

Activity workshops for children and training seminars for teachers are again on offer as part of British Mensa's innovative partnership with the Westwood Academy. The sessions will all be held at the academy in Coventry. Activity days are separated by age, and the first three - one each for four to six-year-olds, seven to nine-year olds and 10 to 12-year-olds - are available to book now. Parents of children booked on the activity workshops are also invited to a free seminar run by Mensa's...

Mensa's Catan UK qualifier is a hit!

Finalists Steve Morley, Tanya Ironmonger, Florentina Hettinga and Simneet Aslanidis. Boardgamer Florentina Hettinga has been fast-tracked to the UK Catan Championship quarter-finals after winning the inaugural Mensa-sponsored qualifier in Birmingham on Saturday. After the success of the tournament, held at the Hallmark Hotel, further Mensa qualifiers are planned for early 2020 in Manchester and Cardiff. Competitors do not need to be members of Mensa to take part. Twenty-four players contested...

Calling all Catan fans for Mensa championship!

Catan is a popular game amongst Mensans - and now there is chance to claim a national title by taking part in the British Mensa Catan national qualifier tournament! This new event, which is taking place in Birmingham on October 12, is an official qualifying competition, and the winner is guaranteed a place in the 2020 Catan UK National Tournament at UK Games Expo in Birmingham. The UK champion will go to the 2020 Catan World Championship in Malta, courtesy of Catan Studio. It is an open...

Obituary - Dr Jack Cohen

A prominent Mensan whose achievements include helping to write the Science of Discworld books with Terry Pratchett and teaching a Nobel prize winner has died at the age of 85. Dr Jack Cohen was well-known in Mensa circles for running Mensa at Cambridge for many years, as well as speaking at this and other society events. He earned his PhD in zoology at Hull University in 1957 and went on to work at the University of Birmingham and Harvard Medical School work, before returning to Birmingham as a...

Tony Buzan

Everyone at British Mensa is saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Buzan, who has been a great friend to the society over many years. Tony used his tremendous energy to inspire countless people to use their brains to the best of their ability. A Mensan for many years, he was a regular speaker at events including the Young Mensans Future Paths conference. Tony's mind mapping techniques are used by people around the world, in education and business, He will be missed.

International election candidates revealed

Information about voting for officers of Mensa International and for proposed changes to the Mensa International constitution have now been published. The full document, which includes details of how to cast your vote and the preferential voting system that will be used, is available to download here . If you have an email address registered with the Mensa office, you will have received your election material and electronic voting codes by email. If the office does not have a current email...

Chance to star in new film

The producers behind films like This is England and Four Lions are searching for a new undiscovered young star. Des Hamilton Casting is looking for a caucasian girl aged between four and seven for a new feature film project with a renowned director (the ethnicity is important as the parents have already been cast). Musical or singing ability would be a bonus, but the producers stress that no previous professional acting experience is required. Anyone interested in applying should email office@...

Applications open for the Mensa Mentoring Scheme

The deadline for the current intake has now passed. Please look out for further announcements in future. Could you mentor a Mensan? Applications are currently being taken for the Mensa Mentoring Scheme. The application may only take five minutes, but it could change someone's life. 'Gifted' children are different, and difference can be wonderful. However, it can also be isolating, baffling and unasked for. A child may find themselves unable to relate to their peers, unable to understand their...

Celebrating those who go Above and Beyond for children with potential

Adam Rafael Holmes celebrates his Above and Beyond award Amazing children and the people who help them achieve their potential were celebrated at the inaugural Above and Beyond Awards presentation at the ICC in Birmingham. The awards, backed by many organisations including British Mensa, acknowledge the teachers, parents, support staff, education settings and businesses who go the extra mile to help exceptional children and young people to fulfil their high learning potential. They also...

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