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Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences - FORS



FORS is the national centre of expertise in the social sciences. FORS enhances and supports work in the social sciences by conducting surveys and methodological research, and by providing researchers with a wealth of information and data for secondary analysis.

Its primary activities consist of:

  • Production of survey data, including national and international surveys.
  • Dissemination of data for use in secondary analysis.
  • Research in empirical social sciences, with focus on survey methodology.
  • Consulting services for researchers in Switzerland and abroad.

FORS is supported by the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Lausanne.


FORS offers workshops and training on areas of survey methodology, as well as on data access and data sharing. We also offer trainings on aspects of research data management, such as DMPs, informed consent, anonymisation, and data preparation.

Find out more about training on our local website.


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