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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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 Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner 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 Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner 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

Nomination deadline for Eric Kandel Prize on 1 November

The Hertie Foundation (Germany), in cooperation with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), is pleased to announce the opening of nominations

October 16, 2014 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

New Models and Tools for Studying Synaptic Development and Function

Establishment of neural circuits is a tightly regulated process coordinated by a series of cellular and molecular mechanisms.

October 16, 2014 in Neuroscience News

FENS-SfN statement on primates in research

FENS and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) issue a joint statement on the importance of non-human primates in biomedical research

October 11, 2014 in FENS News


The EJN Associate Managing Editor

The EJN Associate Managing Editor position is open.

October 08, 2014 in FENS 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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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. We specifically focus on how the brain represents and manipulates quantities, probabilities, objects and symbols, and uses them to perform high-level cognitive inferences and confidence judgments.


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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.