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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  • 9th World Congress of the International Brain Research Organization

    The 9th IBRO World Congress on Neuroscience will take place in a Latin American country. Nature, economic growth, warm-hearted people and, of course, good neuroscience will blend together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to create an unforgettable experience for all the attendants of the congress.

  • Between Hope and Opportunities - Horizon 2020

    FENS President Marian Joëls and President-elect Monica Di Luca set out the current landscape of brain disease research in Europe and call for greater attention in Horizon 2020. Both research and innovation are at the core of the Europe 2020 agenda, which aims at pulling all EU member states out of current economic difficulties.

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Call for Application - Society sponsored Abstract Slots for the SfN Annual Meeting 2014

Again in 2014, FENS is appointed the sole distributor for society-sponsored slots in Europe. The call for applications will open on Friday, April 11th, 2014.

April 14, 2014 in FENS News


The awardees of the FENS-IBRO stipends to attend the first slot in national courses have been announced!

In partnership with IBRO, FENS has launched this initiative in view of supporting neuroscience students to broaden their knowledge and acquire international experience by participating in short courses related with neuroscience field.

March 28, 2014 in FENS News


Call for IDEAS 2015

FENS invites scientists - students and established researchers - to provide ideas for topics and themes that they deem relevant for the FENS educational and training programme taking place in 2015. The call for ideas represents an open channel for neuroscientists at all stages and backgrounds to help FENS and its partners define the topics and themes for its two annual neuroscience schools and a number of advanced hands-on training courses in neuroscience.

March 13, 2014 in FENS News


New MQ investments in research into mental health

We are now well into 2014, the days are longer and spring has arrived! Like spring, MQ represents change and commitment to the new. This year will see new MQ invest -ments in research into mental health, research that will improve current treatments, identify new treatments and increase the quality of life for those burdened by mental illness. Read on to find out what we’re up to.

March 11, 2014 in FENS News


Three European scientists share the world’s largest prize for brain research

The Brain Prize - Denmark's 1 million euro brain research prize - is awarded to three European scientists for their pioneering research on higher brain functions. The prizewinners, Stanislas Dehaene, Giacomo Rizzolatti and Trevor Robbins, from France, Italy and the UK respectively, were announced on Monday, 10 March 2014 in Copenhagen.

March 10, 2014 in FENS News


Hungary: a Hub for Brain Research and Innovation

Hungary is launching a 12 billion forint (EUR 39m) national brain research programme to promote research, prevention, innovation, health-care and drug development. The related agreement was signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Academy of Sciences (MTA) President Jozsef Palinkas and the project’s director, Tamas Freund, head of MTA’s Institute of Experimental Medicine.

March 03, 2014 in FENS News


A Short History of European Neuroscience - from the late 18th to the mid 20th century

Enjoy reading the freshly released FENS manuscript depicting a short history of European neuroscience - from the late 18th to the mid 20th century.

February 25, 2014 in FENS News


Call for Symposia - 15th Meeting of the Hungarian Neuroscience Society

The call for symposia for the 15th Meeting of the Hungarian Neuroscience Society is open.

February 24, 2014 in FENS News


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FENS Forum 2014 - Programme & Registration

FENS Forum is once again offering an elaborate scientific programme, and you also would not like to miss the following:

Register in time and benefit from everything the FENS Forum has to offer!


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The Dana/EDAB Neuroscience Outreach Champion

Also known as The David and Hillie Mahoney Award For an Individual’s Contribution to Outreach: Rewarding an individual who has significantly contributed to the promotion of brain awareness, through continued public outreach efforts for a period of three or more years.This is an open nomination which can be made by a member of the public or scientific community (no self nominations). Deadline for nominations: May 1, 2014



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The EDAB-FENS Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Excellence Award

Recognizing the outstanding presentation of a BAW public outreach programme in the past two years by an organisation such as a hospital, university, national society or NGO. Deadline for nominations: May 1, 2014