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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FENS Forum 2016 is approaching!

Join us in Copenhagen to celebrate the best of neuroscience, with over 6,000 researchers sharing your own passion!

June 21, 2016 in FENS News


Applications open for IBRO/IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Fellowships

The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) has partnered with the International Bureau of Education (IBE) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to offer a set of 3 new fellowships in 2016, The IBRO/IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Fellowships.

June 07, 2016 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Winners of 2016 Kavli Prizes for Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience Announced

Nine pioneering scientists from Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the USA have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes – prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

June 02, 2016 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

FENS agrees on cooperation with ENCODS

FENS is very pleased to announce its agreement with ENCODS, the European Neuroscience Conference for Doctoral Students to collaborate on early career training initiatives for PhD students in Europe.

June 01, 2016 in FENS News


2016 Kavli Prize Laureates announcement

On 2 June the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announces the 2016 Kavli Prize Laureates in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience.

May 23, 2016 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

The Brain Prize - Call for Nominations 2017

Call for nominations are open for The Brain Prize: € 1 million prize awarded by Lundbeckfonden, a prominent Danish foundation.

May 18, 2016 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Balancing family with a successful career in neuroscience

A new opinion article from the FENS-KAVLI Scholars has been published on the European Journal of Neuroscience. It discusses the challenge to balance a successful career with a happy family life, which is not a trivial one.

May 16, 2016 in FENS News


Publish your research in a new EJN Special Issue

Call for papers: "Neurobiological and psychological modulators of multi-component behaviour"

May 11, 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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New Insights into Psychiatric Disorders through Computational, Biological and Developmental Approaches

25-28 September 2016, Moltkes Palae, Copenhagen, Denmark

Registration is open.

Deadline: 20 July 2016



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Apply for hands-on training courses

Topics in the CAJAL Programme 2016 include Nutrition and Brain functionsHippocampus: from Circuits to Cognition and Glial cells in health and disease.

Stipends are available.

Deadlines: 27 June - 11 July - 29 July 2016