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. It 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. 


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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 meetings.

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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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The voice of the next generation

FENS President Monica di Luca, Barry Everitt and Marian Joëls published an editorial on the European Journal of Neuroscience presenting the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence, which celebrates and supports the most talented mid-career neuroscientists in Europe.

July 31, 2015 in FENS News


Brain Chat: new podcast now out

Two new part neuroscience podcast series from Cambridge University are now out: reporting on exciting brain research revolutions presented at the Cambridge Neuroscience 2015 Seminar.

July 28, 2015 in Neuroscience News

Access the EJN content on the new app

Are you a FENS member? Get access to EJN articles directly on your smartphone or tablet.

July 23, 2015 in FENS News


FENS Forum 2016: the preliminary programme is now online

Where European Neuroscience meets the world: 2-6 July 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

July 15, 2015 in FENS News


Winner of the EJN Best Publication Award 2015 announced

In collaboration with FENS and Wiley-Blackwell, EJN is proud to announce that the winner of the "Best Publication Award 2015" is Dr. Silvina Laura Diaz, PhD, DVM, researcher at CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

July 14, 2015 in FENS News


Neurobiology of language and communication

Apply for the FENS-Hertie Winter school 2015, which takes place the 3-9 January 2016, in Obergurgl, Austria

July 13, 2015 in FENS News


SfN Travel Grants Awarded

The following applicants have been awarded a travel grant to attend the SfN Annual Meeting (Chicago, 17-21 October 2015). 10 travel grants of € 1.500 each were available and earmarked for FENS members.

July 07, 2015 in FENS News


The Hitchhiker's Guide to a Neuroscience Career

Marian Joëls and FENS President Monica di Luca recently published a paper that discusses instruments and steps that can help young researchers progress in their academic career.

June 24, 2015 in FENS News


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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.

Late registration deadline: 10 September 2015.
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FENS-Hertie Winter School 2015

Applications are open for the FENS-Hertie Winter School 2015 on Neurobiology of language and communication (3-9 January 2016, Obergurgl, Austria), chaired by Peter Haggort and Julia Fischer.

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Applications deadline: 10 September 2015.


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European Journal of Neuroscience

EJN is the FENS journal. EJN publishes original articles and reviews from all over the world, in the broad fields of molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, and cognitive neurosciences.