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 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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    FENS Forum

    2-6 July 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

    By uniting thousands of participants, the FENS Forum 2016 will facilitate and promote the exchange of knowledge and neuroscience research. Molecules and photons, neurodegenerative diseases and stem cells are only a few of the key topics to be covered by a top-level scientific programme, alongside lively networking and social events. 


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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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The Kavli Foundation Spotlight Live: Hey Einstein, It Really Is a Quantum World

Ronald Hanson and Renato Renner discuss the strongest proof to date that quantum theory explains the true nature of the universe.

November 05, 2015 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

A live webcast by The Kavli Foundation: A Call for 'Brain Observatories'

On Friday, 30 October at 1 pm EDT (10 am PDT), join The Kavli Foundation for a live webcast with Miyoung Chun, Michael Roukes and Rafael Yuste on this proposed new way to catalyze the BRAIN Initiative.

October 29, 2015 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

FENS President's speech at the CAJAL course on Advanced Techniques in Synapse Biology

FENS President Monica Di Luca presented the CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme in front of trainees and instructors from the Advanced Techniques in Synapse Biology directed by Matthijs Verhage at the Bordeaux School of Neuroscience.

October 28, 2015 in FENS News


A blog on the CAJAL Advanced Techniques for Synapse Biology course

Get weekly updates about the ATSB course, including insights into laboratory activities and keynote lectures.

October 27, 2015 in FENS News


You are not alone: Selecting your group members and leading an outstanding research team

A new opinion article from the FENS-KAVLI Scholars has been published on the European Journal of Neuroscience. It discusses about how starting a lab from scratch comes with a unique set of pressures and struggles.

October 23, 2015 in FENS News


Sleep and Circadian Rhythm at the recent Brain Conference

Pearl on a necklace: The fourth Brain Conference – this time centred on sleep and circadian sleep - took place last week, in Copenhagen

October 21, 2015 in FENS News


Nobel prize-winner John O’Keefe at the FFRM2015

Nobel prize-winner John O’Keefe was on the winning 'old timers' basketball team at the FENS regional meeting in Thessaloniki this week.

October 09, 2015 in FENS News


The Kavli Foundation and University Partners Commit $100 Million to Brain Research

Funds to strengthen public/private BRAIN Initiative. Establish new neuroscience institutes at Johns Hopkins University, The Rockefeller University and the University of California, San Francisco.

October 02, 2015 in FENS News


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Call for Nominations

Nominations Deadline: 15 February 2016 (midnight, Brussels time)

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The Brain in Focus: New Approaches to Imaging Neurons and Neural Circuits

17-20 April 2016, Rungstedgaard-North Copenhagen, Denmark 

Registration is now open

Early registration deadline: 20 January 2016 

Regular registration deadline: 10 February 2016


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FENS-SfN Summer School 2016

Applications for the FENS-SfN Summer School 2016 on Cellular mechanisms and networks in addiction (29 May - 4 June 2016, Bertinoro, Italy) are open.

Apply here

Applications deadline: 25 January 2016 (Midnight, Brussels time)


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European Journal of Neuroscience

EJN is the FENS journal. EJN publishes original articles and reviews from all over the world, in the broad fields of molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, and cognitive neurosciences.