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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2018 Grass Fellowships

The Grass Foundation: 2018 Grass Fellowship Program.

September 25, 2017 in Neuroscience News

Vacancy: Communications and Media Manager with the European Animal Research Association (EARA)

The application deadline is Friday 29 September, 17.00 BST. Interviews will take place in London on 5 and 9 October.

September 20, 2017 in Neuroscience News

Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2018 announced

The Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2018 has been awarded to Dr. David Dupret for his research on the dynamics of neuronal assemblies during memory processes.

September 11, 2017 in FENS News


The EJN Special Issue on the Neurological Basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders is coming soon!

Edited by Stephane Boudoin, John Foxe, Sophie Molholm, and Mark Wallace.

August 25, 2017 in FENS News


The Brain Prize - Call for Nominations 2018

Nominations open for The Brain Prize, awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation. It is € 1 million prize.

August 22, 2017 in Neuroscience News

Obituary for Rainer (Ray) W. Guillery (28 August 1929–7 April 2017)

Obituary: Ray Guillery, friend, colleague and founding editor of European Journal of Neuroscience.

August 10, 2017 in Neuroscience News

2017 World Brain Bee Champion announced

FENS warmly congratulates the 2017 World Brain Bee Champion, Sojas Wagle, a sophomore from Har-Ber High School in Arkansas, USA.

August 09, 2017 in Neuroscience News

World Brain Bee Championship: A neuroscience competition for teenagers

Press release: Future neuroscientists from around the world will be meeting in Washington, DC USA to compete in the nineteenth World Brain Bee Championship from August 2 to 7 in the Washington Convention Center.

July 31, 2017 in Neuroscience 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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Call for papers: Where the rubber meets the road in visual perception

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.

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2017.


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Boost your technical skills

The first Cajal hands-on course in 2018 is open for application:

Developmental Neurobiology and Pathologies
3-21 April 2018
, Bordeaux Neurocampus

Deadline: 18 December 2017.