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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World Brain Bee Championship: A neuroscience competition for teenagers

Press release: Future neuroscientists from around the world will be meeting in Washington, DC USA to compete in the nineteenth World Brain Bee Championship from August 2 to 7 in the Washington Convention Center.

July 31, 2017 in Neuroscience News

Take advantage of the International Neuroethics Society new member benefits

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) is now a member of the FENS, making connections with thousands of neuroscientists all over the world. FENS members can benefit from new opportunities.

July 25, 2017 in Neuroscience News

EJN Featured article on Parkinson's disease

‘Direct and indirect effects of attention and visual function on gait impairment in Parkinson's disease: influence of task and turning’ by Stuart et al.

July 20, 2017 in FENS News


The recipient of the 11th IBRO Kemali Prize has been announced

Warm congratulations to Dr. Guillermina López-Bendito, Senior Scientist at the Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH)-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Alicante, Spain.

July 03, 2017 in FENS News



The 2017 European Synapse Meeting is the sixth edition of a biannual event, after Bordeaux (2007), Göttingen (2009), Balatonfured, (2011), Bordeaux (2013) and Bristol (2015).

June 30, 2017 in Neuroscience News

Registration for The Brain Prize Meeting 2017 – “Rewarding Neuroscience” - is now open

Register now to make sure to participate in this years’s Brain Prize Meeting (30 October -1 November 2017, Hindsgavl Castle, Denmark)

June 29, 2017 in FENS News


The travel grant awardees to attend the ANS annual meeting in 2017 have been selected

The FENS and ANS travel grants recipients to facilitate the attendance of young investigators, PhD or MSc students to the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (Sydney, Australia, 3-6 December 2017) have been selected.

June 28, 2017 in FENS News


The SfN 2017 travel grant awardees have been selected

FENS offers 10 travel grants of € 1.500 each to attend the annual meeting of the SfN (Washington, 11-15 November 2017). Stipends are earmarked for FENS members.

June 26, 2017 in FENS News


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Message from the FENS President

New partnership with the Gatsby Foundation to support neuroscience training.
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Professor Barry Everitt, FENS President.

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Cortex Evolution and Development

24-27 September 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-chairs: Zoltán Molnár (University of Oxford) & Arnold Kriegstein (University of California, San Francisco)

Deadline: 20 August 2017



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Winter School on Navigation

Apply to the first series of FENS Hertie Winter Schools on Neural control of behaviour. 

Animal navigation across species will be covered: including insects, birds, bats, rodents, and humans.

Date: 10-16 December 2017

Stipends are available.

Deadline: 21 August 2017