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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Outreach and Advocacy

FENS, also in collaboration with its global partners (DANA, EBC, IBRO and SfN), aims to increase public awareness about 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 devastating effects 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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    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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    Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2014

    Judit Makara, from the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, has received this award for her findings on the mechanisms that determine interactions and integration of multiple activated synaptic inputs in neurons.

    The award ceremony and accompanying lecture will take place during the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience 2014.


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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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    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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Nomination Start: Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize 2015

The Hertie Foundation (Germany), in cooperation with FENS, announces the opening of nominations for the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize 2015 (overall € 75,000).

July 01, 2014 in Societies & Partner News

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The Brain Prize - Call for Nominations is Open

Call for Nominations is open. Anyone can nominate and nominations are submitted online on the Foundation’s website.

June 18, 2014 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Three Win Awards for Neuroscience Outreach to be presented at the FENS Forum 2014

In order to celebrate neuroscience outreach, The Dana/EDAB in collaboration with FENS reward projects and special contributions by individuals and organisations during the FENS Forum every second year.

June 09, 2014 in FENS News



Read the latest news on the Election of the Board of the European Academy of Neurology

June 06, 2014 in FENS News


Brain Awareness Week 2014: Final Report is now available

June 06, 2014 in FENS News


Now available:FENS Funding for European Neuroscience History Projects in 2014

The scope of the 2014 FENS History Project grants will particularly support projects in which presentation of historic material such as films, photos, images or histological slides are presented on the web.

June 02, 2014 in FENS News


Call for Applications: FENS-Hertie Winter School

We are inviting applications for the FENS-Hertie Winter School "The neuroscience of decision making" to be held from January 11-18, 2015, in Obergurgl, Austria.

January 06, 2014 in FENS News


Live Webcast of the 2014 Kavli Prize laureates

Live webcast of the 2014 Kavli Prize laureate announcements by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Oslo, Norway, and live coverage of a special Prize program from the World Science Festival in New York City.

May 22, 2014 in Societies & Partner News

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The Social Brain: 5-8 October 2014

Organised by FENS in collaboration with The Brain Prize, the Brain Conferences bring together outstanding researchers in key broadly defined areas of contemporary neuroscience to discuss current concepts and define challenges for future research. Applications for this conference are now open.


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FENS Funding for History Projects in 2014

The scope of the 2014 FENS History Project grants will particularly support projects in which presentation of historic material such as films, photos, images or histological slides are presented on the web.

Deadline for applications: September 9, 2014


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FENS-IBRO stipends available for short international courses

FENS-IBRO stipends of 750 € for international students are available for 5 courses in 2014:

1. New Targets in Neurodegenerative diseases: Emphasis on new advances in Alzheimer’s Disease research: Portugal, September 1-5, 2014 (Application deadline: July 30, 2014)