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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Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2016

Dr. Gaia Novarino has been awarded the Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2016 for her research on the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying human genetic disorders.

September 22, 2015 in FENS News


New Ethics Course at Neuroscience 2015 in Chicago

A new, half-day short course, which focuses on the responsible conduct of research will be held on Friday, October 16, 1:00-5:30 PM at Neuroscience 2015 in Chicago, IL.

September 14, 2015 in Neuroscience News

The Grass Foundation 2016 Grass Fellowship Program

Grass Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, support investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their career.

September 09, 2015 in Neuroscience News

The FENS-Kavli Scholars Chair investigates how human memory works

The European Research Centre grantee and FENS-Kavli Scholars Chair Prof. Poirazi investigates how human memory works. You can meet her at the World Economic Forum's 'Summer Davos'.

September 08, 2015 in FENS News


The Kavli Prize: call for nominations open for 2016

The call for nominations for the 2016 Kavli Prizes is open from 1 September through 1 December 2015. The winners of the 2016 Kavli Prizes will be announced 2 June 2016 and the award ceremony will take place in Oslo, Norway the 6 September 2016.

September 03, 2015 in Societies & Partner News

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Your ticket to independence: A guide to getting your first Principal Investigator position

In a series of opinion pieces from the FENS Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE), the scholars aim to offer the next generation of up-and-coming PIs some advice and personal perspectives on the transition to independence, starting here with guidance on how to get hired to your first PI position.

September 02, 2015 in FENS News


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

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Funding for History Projects

This call provides grants for outstanding projects whose aim is to document the history and development of neuroscience in Europe.

Deadline for applications extended to: 12 October 2015.

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Call for ideas 2017

The call for ideas represents an open channel for neuroscientists at all stages and backgrounds to propose topics and themes to FENS and its partners, for educational and training activities in 2017.

Submit your idea here

Deadline: 20 October 2015


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Call for Networking Events, Business Meetings and Satellite events for the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience is now open. We invite you to submit your proposals using the online forms on the FENS Forum 2016 website. 
Early online submission will be open till 31 October 2015We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen!

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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.