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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EJN Special Issue: Call for papers

Special Issue call for papers in EJN: Where the rubber meets the road in visual perception. High temporal-precision brain signals to top-down and bottom-up influences on perceptual resolution.

June 16, 2017 in FENS News


New partnership with the Gatsby Foundation to support neuroscience training

Message from the President, Prof. Barry Everitt.

June 08, 2017 in FENS News


FENS members benefit special rate at ANS meeting 2017

FENS members can register with special rate at the Annual Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society in 2017.

June 06, 2017 in FENS News


Final Opinion on 'The need for non-human primates in biomedical research'

Scientific Committee on Health Environmental and Emerging Risks SCHEER adopted its final Opinion at its plenary meeting on 18 May 2017.

May 31, 2017 in Neuroscience News

European History of Neuroscience Online Projects: call for projects open

The FENS History Committee organises annual calls for European History of Neuroscience Projects, to document the history and development of neuroscience in Europe.

May 22, 2017 in FENS News


FENS welcomes INS as new affiliate member

An interview with Prof Judy Illes, President of the International Neuroethics Society

May 16, 2017 in FENS News


The Brain Prize - Call for Nominations 2018

The Brain Prize is now open for researchers around the world

May 15, 2017 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

SfN Travel Grants: Applications open

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 only.

May 02, 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)

Regular application deadline: 20 July 2017

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Winter School on Navigation

Applications are open for the first series of FENS Hertie Winter Schools on Neural control of behaviour: Navigation. 

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

Date: 10-16 December 2017

Stipends are available

Deadline: 5 July 2017