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. 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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    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. 

    Deadline for nominations extended until 27 April 2015.


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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. 





  • Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2016

    The award is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and is announced by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). It is given in recognition of outstanding and innovative scientific contributions in any area of neuroscience research.

  • Final call for abstracts - FENS Featured Regional Meeting 2015

    Only few months left to the FENS Featured Regional Meeting, which will be held at Ioannis Vellidis Congress Center in Thessaloniki, from 7 to 10 October 2015. Take an active role at the meeting by submitting your abstract and present your work at the FFRM 2015! Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2015.

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European Commission published response to ‘Stop Vivisection’

FENS welcomes the commitment of the European Parliament and the European Commission to reaffirm the importance of the Directive 2010/63/EU, which promotes animal welfare and high-quality standards in animal research.

June 05, 2015 in FENS News


FENS funding for European Neuroscience History Projects 2015

The History Committee organises a yearly call for European History of Neuroscience Projects. This FENS initiative would like to support and stimulate the interest in the History of Neuroscience through the creation of a virtual platform dedicated to the topic.

June 04, 2015 in FENS News


FENS President Monica Di Luca awards Yassar Roudi the 2015 Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize

The Hertie Foundation in collaboration with FENS has awarded the 2015 Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize to Yasser Roudi from the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for Neural Computation, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.

May 29, 2015 in FENS News


The Brain Prize - Call for Nominations 2016

Call for nominations have been announced to identify candidates for the € 1 million prize, The Brain Prize, which has been established by a private Danish foundation, the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation.

May 20, 2015 in FENS News


European Parliament hosted Public Hearing to discuss the Initiative 'Stop Vivisection'

On the 11th of May the European Parliament hosted the European Citizens initiative entitled ‘Stop Vivisection’, which demands to abrogate directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and requests animal testing to be stopped for biomedical and toxicological research.

May 14, 2015 in FENS News


Emre Yaksi published new review article in EJN

The 2014 winner of the FENS EJN Young Investigator Research Award has published in the European Journal of Neuroscience a new review article about his work on the zebrafish brain.

May 13, 2015 in FENS News


FENS statement on the decision of Nikos Logothetis to quit primate research

The message is signed on behalf of FENS by President Monica di Luca

May 08, 2015 in FENS News


SfN Travel Grants 2015

Stipends are available for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2015, which will take place in Chicago on 17-21 October.

May 05, 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.

Regula registration deadline: 25 July 2015.
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FENS-Hertie Winter School 2015

Application 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 July 2015.


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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: 10 September 2015.

Apply to fund your project