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 clear 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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    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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    FENS EJN Award 2016

    This award is donated by the EJN publisher Wiley and is given in recognition of an outstanding scientific work in any area of neuroscience. Personal prize of £ 10,000
    Candidates should be nominated by fellow neuroscientists (i.e. no self-applications) and  must either be working in a European institute or be of European origin if working abroad.
    Call for nominations opens on November 10th


    FENS EJN Award 2016

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    FENS and its partners offer travel grants and stipends for students and early career scientists to attend FENS educational programmes and conference.

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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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  • FENS and The Kavli Foundation announce the first group of FENS-Kavli Scholars

    The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and The Kavli Foundation have announced the first FENS-Kavli Scholars – 20 young European neuroscience researchers chosen for the excellence of their research, as well as promise to be among the field’s newest generation of extraordinary pioneers.

  • Brain Awareness Week 2015

    Small grants of 1,000 EUR available for the financial support of the partners who organise an event during the Brain Awareness Week 2015 (March 16-22)

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FFRM 2015: call for IBRO alumni Lecturer Award

IBRO is pleased to announce a call for IBRO alumni Lecturer Award for the FENS Regional Meeting 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

December 11, 2014 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Mind the Gap Newsletter - New issue is out

Read the latest Mind the Gap Newsletter - November 2014

December 01, 2014 in Neuroscience News

FENS EJN Award 2016 - Call for Nominations is Open

This award is donated by the EJN publisher Wiley and is given in recognition of an outstanding scientific work in any area of neuroscience.

November 17, 2014 in FENS News


Policy with a brain: challenges and opportunities for the new institutions

Traumatic brain injuries, mental illness and cognitive disorders afflict more than a third of European Union citizens – 165 million people.

November 17, 2014 in Neuroscience News

New Elsevier report maps the landscape of global brain research

Elsevier’s analysis reveals emerging trends, funding and collaboration patterns, top-publishing nations and more...

November 14, 2014 in Neuroscience News

Change in EJN Editorial Leadership

Press announcement from FENS: New Editors in Chief appointed for EJN from January 2015.

November 06, 2014 in FENS News


Findings of the International Brain Research Report

In conjunction with its partners, U.S. and EU researchers and funders involved in brain and neuroscience research, Elsevier will present the findings and insight from the international Brain Research Report.

October 27, 2014 in Neuroscience News

Four new MQ Fellows

MQ is providing more than £900,000 to support four early career researchers, who will be carrying out cutting-edge, innovative mental health research.

October 24, 2014 in Neuroscience News

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FENS EJN Award 2016 - Call for Nominations is Open

This award is donated by the EJN publisher Wiley and is given in recognition of an outstanding scientific work in any area of neuroscience. Personal prize of £ 10,000
Deadline for nominations is December 22, 2014

FENS EJN Award 2016

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BAW 2015: Applications open

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

Apply for a small grant to fund your BAW 2015 activities.

Applications deadlineJanuary 12th, 2015.


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FENS-SfN Summer School 2015

Application for the FENS-SfN Summer School 2015 on Shared mechanisms and specifity in neurodegenerative diseases (7-13 June 2015, Bertinoro, Italy) is open.

Applications deadline: January 15th, 2015


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Bridging Neural Mechanisms and Cognition: 19-22 April 2015

The goal of this brain conference is to examine the possibility of identifying a small set of bridging laws linking neuronal codes to identified cognitive computations. Application deadline: 22 January/16 February