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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    Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2014

    Judit Makara, from the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, has received this award for her findings on the mechanisms that determine interactions and integration of multiple activated synaptic inputs in neurons.

    The award ceremony and accompanying lecture will take place during the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience 2014.


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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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The Brain Prize - Call for Nominations is Open

Call for Nominations is open. Anyone can nominate and nominations are submitted online on the Foundation’s website.

September 01, 2014 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Read new articles by past and current FENS presidents

A series of articles by Monica Di Luca, Marian Joëls and Sten Grillner in a June issue of Neuron addresses some big questions.

August 03, 2014 in FENS News


Our new FENS leadership for 2014-2016

FENS would like to welcome our new FENS leadership for 2014-2016. The elections took place in Milan on 4 July 2014 at the FENS Forum.

August 01, 2014 in FENS News


'Mind the Gap' Newsletter

MQ exists to plug major long standing gaps that exist in mental health – raising funds and investing in research to improve treatments, understand causes and help prevent the impact of mental illness.

August 01, 2014 in Neuroscience News

Call for Nominations - 10th IBRO/Kemali Prize

The IBRO-Dargut & Milena Kemali Foundation Prize is awarded to a young scientist who has made outstanding contributions to Basic or Clinical Neuroscience.

July 31, 2014 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

The Brain Prize Meeting 2014

Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize – ‘The Brain Prize’- is awarded to scientists who distinguish themselves by an outstanding contribution to European neuroscience .

July 31, 2014 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

The Instituto de Neurociencias at Alicante - Centre of Excellence

The Spanish Government launched a program called “Centres of Excellence Severo Ochoa” to distinguish research centres with a trajectory of excellence in any field of knowledge in Spain.

July 17, 2014 in FENS News


Interview with Dr. Marian Joels (FENS President 2012-2014) & Monica Di Luca (FENS President 2014-2016)

Who is FENS? What do we offer? Learn all about our mission and activities in this video.

July 01, 2014 in FENS News


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FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence - call for nominations

The FENS Kavli Network of Excellence is a prestigious European network of outstanding young neuroscientists that represent the most talented scholars among their peer group. 

Self nominations are welcome!!


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The FFRM 2015 - Call for Symposia is Open

The FFRM 2015 - Call for Symposia is open from July 30 till September 30, 2014

The FFRM 2015 Scientific Committee announced the opening of a call for symposium proposals. European and International neuroscientists are encouraged to submit their proposals.

For guidelines and submission proposal form, please visit FFRM 2015 website.