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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FENS signed a letter on the importance of primate research

More than 400 scientists, including FENS President and members of the FENS Committee on Animals in Research, have signed a letter stating that brain experiments on primates are crucial to medical advances, in response to claims that they are cruel and no longer useful.

September 14, 2016 in FENS News


The German Alliance of Science Organisations launched a platform on animal research

On 6 September the German Alliance of Science Organisations launched an internet platform for education and discussion about research with animals.

September 06, 2016 in Neuroscience News

International Brain Bee at the Forum of Neuroscience 2016: Meet the winner

Meet the sixteen-year-old winner, Ana Ghenciulescu from Bucharest, Romania, who explains here what that honour has meant to her.

September 05, 2016 in FENS News


EJN call for papers - "The Neurobiological Bases of Autism Spectrum Disorders"

The European Journal of Neuroscience has launched a call for paper for its issue on Autism. Submission deadline: 22 December 2016.

September 03, 2016 in FENS News


Obituary: Emeritus Prof. Z. Papadopoulou-Daifoti, 1945-2016

Professor Zeta Papadopoulou-Daifoti, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at the Medical School of Athens, passed away the 18 March 2016, leaving the European neuroscience community without a dedicated researcher, mentor and friend.

September 01, 2016 in Neuroscience News

Call for ideas for 2018 training activities open

FENS and its partners invite scientists from all domains in neuroscience, to support the FENS educational and training programme in 2018, by providing their input in the form of ideas for topics and themes.

August 25, 2016 in FENS News


Call for European History of Neuroscience Online Projects

Share the neuroscience history of your country online.

July 27, 2016 in FENS News


From the Neurexpert blog: Brain changes in diabetic mellitus contribute to neuropathy complications

New research published in the European Journal of Neuroscience from the lab of Natalie Gardener and Rasmus Peterson at the University of Manchester, UK, has discovered that the brain plays a big role in abnormal sensory processing that develops as a complication of diabetes.

July 25, 2016 in Neuroscience News

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FENS elects its new leadership

New president of FENS is Professor Barry Everitt FRS, FMedSci, Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge (UK), and Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust, University of Cambridge.  


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Call for ideas 2018

FENS and its partners invite scientists from all domains in neuroscienceIdeas to submit their topics and themes for educational and training activities in 2018.  

Submit your idea here

Deadline: 30 September 2016. 


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EJN Call for papers: Autism

The European Journal of Neuroscience has launched a call for papers for its issue on 'The Neurobiological Bases of Autism Spectrum Disorders'. 

Submit your manuscripts through EJN ScholarOne Manuscripts site by 22 December 2016.


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Funding for History Online Projects

This call provides grants for outstanding projects whose aim is to document the history and development of neuroscience in Europe.

Deadline for applications: 
17 October 2016

Apply to fund your project