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 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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    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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    EJN Best Publication Award 2015

    "Best Publication Award" recognising the best research article published in EJN over the preceding two year period (2013 and 2014). Personal prize of £ 3,000. 

    Deadline for nominations extended until 27 April 2015.


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    Grants & Stipends opportunities

    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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    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. 





  • The Brain Prize - Call for Nominations 2016

    Call for nominations have been announced to identify candidates for the € 1 million prize, The Brain Prize, which has been established by a private Danish foundation, the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation.

  • European Parliament hosted Public Hearing to discuss the Initiative 'Stop Vivisection'

    On the 11th of May the European Parliament hosted the European Citizens initiative entitled ‘Stop Vivisection’, which demands to abrogate directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and requests animal testing to be stopped for biomedical and toxicological research.

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Emre Yaksi published new review article in EJN

The 2014 winner of the FENS EJN Young Investigator Research Award has published in the European Journal of Neuroscience a new review article about his work on the zebrafish brain.

May 13, 2015 in FENS News


FENS statement on the decision of Nikos Logothetis to quit primate research

The message is signed on behalf of FENS by President Monica di Luca

May 08, 2015 in FENS News


SfN Travel Grants 2015

Stipends are available for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2015, which will take place in Chicago on 17-21 October.

May 05, 2015 in FENS News


New paper published by FENS leadership on EJN

Neuro opinion: reforming the academic system is a joint responsibility: Marian Joëls, Monica Di Luca and Barry J. Everitt, past president, current president and president-elect respectively, are the authors of this interesting article about neuroscience research and scientific publications published on the European Journal of Neuroscience on the 24th of April.

April 28, 2015 in FENS News


European Parliament to discuss research using animals

On 11 May the European Parliament will host a public hearing on the Stop Vivisection European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) in order to provide a platform for debate for Members, the general public, the ECI's supporters and experts in the field.

April 24, 2015 in FENS News


Mental Health Research Funding Landscape Report issued

MQ: Transforming Mental Health has been formed to harness the power of a community of researchers, doctors, service users, families, advocates and funders to tackle mental illness.

April 16, 2015 in Neuroscience News

FENS and EJN announce the winners of the 2016 FENS-EJN award and the 2016 FENS-EJN Young Investigator Prize

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and EJN, in partnership with the publisher Wiley, hereby announce the winners of their prestigious 2016 awards.

April 15, 2015 in FENS News


ISM slots at the SfN meeting in Chicago 2015

FENS members can register and present an abstract for the SfN annual meeting on the same conditions as regular members of SfN.

April 01, 2015 in FENS News


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FENS statement on the decision of Nikos Logothetis to quit primate research

FENS regrets the decision of Nikos Logothetis, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, Germany, to stop his research on primates. 


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SfN Travel Grants available

Are you planning to attend the SfN in Chicago?

FENS offers 10 travel grants of EUR 1.500 each to attend the annual meeting of the SfN. Stipends are earmarked for FENS members.

Online application via the FENS website is open from 30 April to 22 May 2015 (midnight CEST).


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The Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm

11-14 October 2015, Moltkes Palæ, Copenhagen, Denmark 

World’s leading researchers will gather to focus on the molecular, cellular and neural networks that underlie the generation and regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms.

Early registration deadline: 20 June 2015.
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Apply for CAJAL Courses

The applications for our brand new hands-on CAJAL Training Programme are open. Topics in 2015 include neuro-bioinformatics and synapse biology. 



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FFRM 2015 - Register & Submit your Abstract

The FENS Featured Regional Meeting 2015 will take place on 7 - 10 October in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Take an active role at the meeting by submitting your abstract and present your work at the FFRM 2015!
Deadline for abstract submission:       30 June 2015
Deadline for early registration:             30 June 2015