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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    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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  • Four new MQ Fellows

    MQ is providing more than £900,000 to support four early career researchers, who will be carrying out cutting-edge, innovative mental health research.

  • Nomination deadline for Eric Kandel Prize on 1 November

    The Hertie Foundation (Germany), in cooperation with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), is pleased to announce the opening of nominations

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New Models and Tools for Studying Synaptic Development and Function

Establishment of neural circuits is a tightly regulated process coordinated by a series of cellular and molecular mechanisms.

October 16, 2014 in Neuroscience News

FENS-SfN statement on primates in research

FENS and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) issue a joint statement on the importance of non-human primates in biomedical research

October 11, 2014 in FENS News


The EJN Associate Managing Editor

The EJN Associate Managing Editor position is open.

October 08, 2014 in FENS News


FENS-SFN Advocacy Grants Programme

FENS-SfN Advocacy Grants Programme was recently awarded a “Power of A” Gold Award

October 08, 2014 in FENS News


The 2014 Nobel Prize for Neuroscience

FENS wholeheartedly congratulates the 2014 Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine

October 06, 2014 in FENS News


Call for Ideas: FENS educational and training activities in 2016

Input to the 2016 European educational programmes

October 03, 2014 in FENS News


Exchange grants for training stays to gain international experience are available

The stipends are intended for Master and PhD students registered within NENS member schools or programmes.

October 01, 2014 in FENS News


Read new articles by past and current FENS presidents

A series of articles by Monica Di Luca, Marian Joëls and Sten Grillner in a June issue of Neuron addresses some big questions.

August 03, 2014 in FENS 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.


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FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence - call for nominations

The FENS Kavli Network of Excellence is a prestigious European network of outstanding young neuroscientists that represent the most talented scholars among their peer group. 

Self nominations are welcome!!


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Call for Ideas: 2016 European educational programmes

FENS and its partners under the CAJAL programme invites scientists - students and established researchers - from all domains in neuroscience, to provide their input (...)