Connecting European Neuroscience


FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 42 neuroscience member societies across 32 European countries, FENS as an organisation represents close to 23.000 European neuroscientists with a clear 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 FENS 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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Excellent science is communicated through EJN, the official scientific journal of FENS and relevant and timely information is disseminated through the FENS Trimestrial Newsletter and by targeted emails to FENS members.

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Federating numerous pan-European mono-disciplinary 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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    Job Market

    The FENS job market is an open resource for the entire neuroscience community. Individuals, partners and relevant organisations may upload information on open positions and vacancies. The Job market provides an easy searchable overview of jobs and training, including for PhD students, post-docs, and senior staff positions and professorships. 

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    FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize 2016

    This award is donated by the EJN publisher Wiley and is given in recognition of an outstanding scientific work in any area of neuroscience to a researcher under 35 years of age at the deadline of nomination. Personal prize of £ 7,000
    Dealine for applications: 16 February 2015



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    FENS and its partners offer travel grants and stipends for students and early career scientists to attend FENS educational programmes and conference.

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    Neuroscience event calendar

    FENS, its member societies and partners organise numerous Neuroscience events througout the year. With the FENS calendar you can search specific events or use filters to identify events, schools and scientific meetings in your area. 





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European Society for Neurochemistry's Conference 2015: registration now open

The ESN Conference on Molecular Mechanisms of Regulation in the Nervous System to be held 14 – 17 June 2015 in the Dorpat Conference Center in Tartu, Estonia has now open its registration process.

January 26, 2015 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Kavli Scientist-Writer Workshops open for selection

The Kavli Foundation has announced the second annual Kavli Scientist-Writer Workshops, 5-day writer's workshops for professional scientists and engineers, which are sponsored by The Kavli Foundation with additional support from New York University.

January 23, 2015 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Larry Swanson Elected Next Secretary-General of IBRO

Larry Swanson, University Professor and Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology & Psychology, at the University of Southern California (USC), has been elected Secretary-General-elect of IBRO by its Governing Council.

January 19, 2015 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

"How a Habit Becomes an Addiction"

A comprehensive review in the European Journal of Neuroscience, where Barry Everitt outlines the neural correlates and learning-based processes associated with the transition from drug use, to abuse, to addiction.

January 16, 2015 in Neuroscience News

FENS and The Kavli Foundation announce the first group of FENS-Kavli Scholars

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and The Kavli Foundation have announced the first FENS-Kavli Scholars – 20 young European neuroscience researchers chosen for the excellence of their research, as well as promise to be among the field’s newest generation of extraordinary pioneers.

December 19, 2014 in FENS News


Brain Awareness Week 2015

Grants of 1,000 EUR available for the financial support of the partners who organise an event during the Brain Awareness Week 2015 (16-22 March)

December 15, 2014 in FENS News


FFRM 2015: call for IBRO alumni Lecturer Award

IBRO is pleased to announce a call for IBRO alumni Lecturer Award for the FENS Regional Meeting 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

December 11, 2014 in FENS News


Mind the Gap Newsletter - New issue is out

Read the latest Mind the Gap Newsletter - November 2014

December 01, 2014 in Neuroscience News

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FENS-SfN Summer School 2015

Application for the FENS-SfN Summer School 2015 on Shared mechanisms and specifity in neurodegenerative diseases (7-13 June 2015, Bertinoro, Italy) is open.

Applications deadline: Extended to 31 January 2015


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Bridging Neural Mechanisms and Cognition: 19-22 April 2015

The goal of this brain conference is to examine the possibility of identifying a small set of bridging laws linking neuronal codes to identified cognitive computations. Application deadline: 16 February 2015


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FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize 2016 - Call for Nominations

This award is donated by the EJN publisher Wiley and is given in recognition of an outstanding scientific work to a researcher under 35 years of age at the deadline of nomination. Personal prize of £ 7,000
Deadline for nominations is 16 February 2015