Connecting European Neuroscience


FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 43 neuroscience member societies across 33 European countries, FENS as an organisation represents 24,000 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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2016 Science Educator of the Year Award

Dr. Norbert Myslinski is the 2016 Recipient of the prestigious Science Educator of the Year Award presented by the Society for Neuroscience.

November 28, 2016 in Neuroscience News

INCF invites applications for seed funding of collaborative projects related to brain research

Closing soon: the deadline for submission is no later than 30 November 2016. Projects must be completed within 2017.

November 23, 2016 in Neuroscience News

The dawn of Spanish Neuroscience

FENS history seminar on 24 November in Madrid, Spain.

November 16, 2016 in FENS News


The Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) Altman Award in Developmental Neuroscience

First call for applications: new award established and administered by the Japan Neuroscience Society.

November 15, 2016 in Neuroscience News

FENS EJN award winner Antonello Bonci's review paper now published

VTA dopamine neuron plasticity – the unusual suspects: the review paper from the FENS EJN award winner 2016 is now published in Early View in EJN.

November 09, 2016 in FENS News


Webinar: 'Getting the Most Out' of the SfN Annual Meeting 2016

During the webinar, tips for navigating and networking at the SfN annual meeting will be shared, and professional development and scientific training opportunities at the meeting will be highlighted.

November 01, 2016 in Neuroscience News

FENS EJN Award 2018

FENS invites nominations for the FENS EJN award 2018. The award is given in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions in neuroscience.

November 01, 2016 in FENS News


BNA 2017: Festival of Neuroscience

Once again the BNA will be hosting its flagship biennial Festival of Neuroscience.

October 24, 2016 in Neuroscience News

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FENS elects its new leadership

New president of FENS is Professor Barry Everitt FRS, FMedSci, Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge (UK), and Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust, University of Cambridge.  


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Learning, Memory and Synaptic Plasticity

23-26 April 2017, Rungstedgaard, North of Copenhagen, Denmark

Early registration deadline: 23 January 2017.

Start your application.



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ENCODS 2017: Registration is now open

Are you a PhD student in neuroscience? Register now for the ENCODS 2017 conference - European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students.

4-6 May 2017 - Benidorm, Alicante (Spain)

Application deadline: 15 February 2017. 


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Apply for our Summer School on Neuromodulation

Co-chairs: Prof. Trevor W. Robbins and Prof. Martin Sarter.

Apply for the FENS-SfN Summer School 2017 on Chemical Neuromodulation: Neurobiological, Neurocomputational, Behavioural and Clinical Aspects 

18-24 June 2017 - Bertinoro, Italy.

Stipends are available!

Deadline: 13 February 2017.