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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History online project grant winners 2017 announced

FENS congratulates the History online project grant winners for the year 2017.

December 08, 2017 in FENS News


Call on the European Union and the UK to prioritise patients as the Article 50 decision approaches

FENS joins the European health community to call on the European Union and the UK to prioritise patients as the Article 50 decision approaches.

December 07, 2017 in FENS News


FENS member societies gathered in Brussels for the annual Governing Council

FENS held its Governing Council on 27-28 November 2017 at the University Foundation in Brussels.

November 30, 2017 in FENS News


New Executive Board of EBC elected

FENS warmly congratulates the newly elected Executive Board of the European Brain Council (EBC).

November 23, 2017 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

2018 Gruber International Prize Program in Neuroscience

The Gruber Foundation invites nominations on behalf of individuals whose achievements in Cosmology, Genetics, or Neuroscience would make them suitable candidates for recognition through the 2018 Gruber International Prize Program.

November 22, 2017 in Neuroscience News

The challenge of mental disorders: European neuroscience answers the call

Executive Director of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), Alexander Schubert looks at how science is unravelling the complexity of the human brain.

November 17, 2017 in Neuroscience News

FENS offers travel grants for the Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society in 2018

FENS provides travel grants to help young investigators, PhD or MSc students to attend the 41st Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society (New Horizon of Neuroscience: Kobe Convention Center, Japan, 26-29 July 2018).

November 15, 2017 in FENS News


100th anniversary of the Russian Physiological Society

The Russian Physiological Society created by Ivan .P. Pavlov organised a scientific forum on the occasion of its 100th anniversary on 17-19 April 2017 in St Petersburg.

November 14, 2017 in Neuroscience News

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Message from the FENS President

The New Year approaches and it is a very significant one for us: 2018 is the 20th anniversary year of the founding of FENS. And the 11th FENS Forum in Berlin will be a wonderful celebration of neuroscience research. Registration and abstract submission for the Forum are open and I encourage you all to showcase your research and to enjoy a superb, international programme.

We at FENS wish you a joyous and successful New Year. Professor Barry Everitt, FENS President.

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Registration for the FENS Forum 2018 is open!

Don't miss the deadlines:

13 February 2018: 
Early registration and abstract submission 
FENS - IBRO/PERC travel grant applications 


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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.


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ENCODS 2018: Registration is open

Are you a PhD student in neuroscience? Register now for the ENCODS2018 - European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students - 5-6 July 2018 - Berlin, Germany.

Registration deadline:  15 January 2018.