Connecting European Neuroscience


FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 43 neuroscience member societies across 33 European countries, FENS as an organisation represents 24,000 European neuroscientists with a mission to advance European neuroscience education and research.  

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FENS meetings and events offer a wide range of learning- networking- and professional development opportunities. Learn about current topics in your field of interest, network with top figures in neuroscience, meet with your European peers whether from basic, translational or clinical neuroscience research, and share best practices with colleagues from around the world.

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Higher Education and Training

FENS actively supports graduate education and postgraduate training in neuroscience in Europe through a variety of initiatives. A new training framework launched in 2014 proposes appealing activities for students, post-docs and early career neuroscientists. Looking ahead and supporting the next generation is a key priority for FENS.

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FENS Outreach and Advocacy

FENS, also in collaboration with its global partners (DANA, EBC, IBRO and SfN), aims to increase public awareness about the benefits of brain research. In addtion, FENS is committed to providing solid advice to policy makers and stakeholders on the importance of continuous support for brain research in order to solve the burden of brain-related diseases in Europe.

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European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN)

Excellent science is communicated through EJN, the official scientific journal of FENS and relevant and timely information is disseminated through the FENS bi-weekly news alert and by targeted emails to FENS members.

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Federating numerous pan-European single discipline societies and all national neuroscience societies from across more than 30 European countries, FENS represents European neuroscience from basic to clinical research.

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The recipient of the 11th IBRO Kemali Prize has been announced

Warm congratulations to Dr. Guillermina López-Bendito, Senior Scientist at the Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH)-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Alicante, Spain.

July 03, 2017 in FENS News



The 2017 European Synapse Meeting is the sixth edition of a biannual event, after Bordeaux (2007), Göttingen (2009), Balatonfured, (2011), Bordeaux (2013) and Bristol (2015).

June 30, 2017 in Societies & Partner News

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Registration for The Brain Prize Meeting 2017 – “Rewarding Neuroscience” - is now open

Register now to make sure to participate in this years’s Brain Prize Meeting (30 October -1 November 2017, Hindsgavl Castle, Denmark)

June 29, 2017 in FENS News


The travel grant awardees to attend the ANS annual meeting in 2017 have been selected

The FENS and ANS travel grants recipients to facilitate the attendance of young investigators, PhD or MSc students to the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (Sydney, Australia, 3-6 December 2017) have been selected.

June 28, 2017 in FENS News


The SfN 2017 travel grant awardees have been selected

FENS offers 10 travel grants of € 1.500 each to attend the annual meeting of the SfN (Washington, 11-15 November 2017). Stipends are earmarked for FENS members.

June 26, 2017 in FENS News


The FRM 2017 travel grant awardees have been selected

The FENS FRM 2017 travel grants amount to a maximum of 500 €. Ten travel grants have been generously contributed by the German Neuroscience Society.

June 20, 2017 in FENS News


EJN Special Issue: Call for papers

Special Issue call for papers in EJN: Where the rubber meets the road in visual perception. High temporal-precision brain signals to top-down and bottom-up influences on perceptual resolution.

June 16, 2017 in FENS News


New partnership with the Gatsby Foundation to support neuroscience training

Message from the President, Prof. Barry Everitt.

June 08, 2017 in FENS News


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Message from the FENS President

New partnership with the Gatsby Foundation to support neuroscience training.
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Professor Barry Everitt, FENS President.

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Cortex Evolution and Development

24-27 September 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-chairs: Zoltán Molnár (University of Oxford) & Arnold Kriegstein (University of California, San Francisco)

Late application deadline: 20 August 2017



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Winter School on Navigation

Apply to the first series of FENS Hertie Winter Schools on Neural control of behaviour. 

Animal navigation across species will be covered; including insects, birds, bats, rodents, and humans.

Date: 10-16 December 2017

Stipends are available

Deadline: 21 August 2017