Connecting European Neuroscience


FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 43 neuroscience member societies across 33 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 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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    FENS Forum

    2-6 July 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

    The FENS Forum 2016 facilitates and promotes the exchange of knowledge and neuroscience research. 

    Benefit from reduced rates registering as a FENS member


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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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    Stipends & Grants 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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    EJN and other awards

    See the full overview of FENS awards for neuroscientists under FENS Awards page.

    The FENS Award Directory lists upcoming and recurring awards donated by other granting agencies. FENS invites all granting bodies to announce their neuroscience awards here. The award directory presents an overview of neuroscience awards all over Europe. This service is free of charge.





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Belgian research organisations unite in support of animal research

FENS has signed the Statement in support of animal research and a transparent approach in Belgium to mark World Day for Laboratory Animals (24 April).

April 22, 2016 in FENS News


SONA 2017 Conference

The Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) is the largest organisation of Neuroscientists on the African continent and serves as the umbrella organisation for all African national neuroscience societies. Calls for Symposia are now open.

April 19, 2016 in Neuroscience News

Abstract submission is now open for Neuroscience 2016

Are you planning to attend the SfN in San Diego? Request an ISM slot to register and present your abstract as a FENS member.

April 15, 2016 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

SfN Slots for San Diego 2016 available

Are you planning to attend the SfN in San Diego? Request an ISM slot to register and present your abstract as a FENS member.

April 13, 2016 in FENS News


FENS IBRO/PERC travel grants winners announced

FENS and IBRO/PERC are happy to announce the successful travel grants applicants.

April 11, 2016 in FENS News


Funding call opens to tackle big challenges in mental health

MQ has now launched its funding call providing a total of over £1 million to researchers exploring new and better ways to understand, treat and prevent mental illness.

April 07, 2016 in Neuroscience News

Consensus Statement on European Brain Research published on the European Journal of Neuroscience

The document presented by the European Brain Council in November 2015 has been now published on EJN

March 30, 2016 in FENS News


Launch of the EBC Consensus Statement on European Brain Research

The European Brain Council Consensus Statement on European Brain Research will be launched in Brussels on 18 March.

March 18, 2016 in FENS News


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European Journal of Neuroscience

EJN is the journal of FENS. EJN publishes original articles and reviews from all over the world, in all areas of neuroscience.


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Apply for CAJAL Courses 2016

Topics include Nutrition and Brain functionsThe Hippocampus: from Circuits to Cognition, and Glial cells in health and disease.

Stipends are available.

Deadlines: 27 June - 11 July 2016.



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The Dana/EDAB Neuroscience Outreach Champion

Rewarding an individual who has significantly contributed to the promotion of brain awareness.This is an open nomination: Nominate now.
Deadline: 2 May 2016.



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The FENS-Kavli Scholars (2016-2020)

The Call for Nominations is openNominate now.
The FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence is a prestigious European network of outstanding young neuroscientists.

Deadline for nominations: 15 May 2016, 17:00 CET