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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  • Call for The 2017 RCA Prize

    An unrestricted award of 20,000 EUR for European researchers working in developmental neurobiology, who are presently in a highly productive period of their scientific career.

  • FENS Forum 2016 awarded “Conference of the year”

    On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, the FENS Forum of Neuroscience 2016 was awarded ‘Congress of the Year 2016’ at the annual Congress and Event Award celebrated at the Copenhagen City Hall.

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The 11th IBRO Kemali International Prize for Outstanding Contributions in Neuroscience

The 11th IBRO Kemali International Prize for Outstanding Contributions in Neuroscience will be awarded in 2017 by the IBRO Dargut & Milena Kemali Foundation.

April 18, 2017 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

FENS and ANS offer travel grants for the Annual Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society

FENS and ANS provide travel grants to help young investigators, PhD or MSc students to attend the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society.

April 14, 2017 in FENS News


FENS supports the African Society of Neuroscientists meeting 2017 (SONA)

FENS provides travel grants to help young investigators, PhD or MS students to attend SONA conference 2017 in Entebbe, Uganda

April 13, 2017 in FENS News


Applications Open for Global Advocacy Seed Grants

Applications are open for Global Advocacy Seed Grants to support neuroscience societies, groups and organizations in the Asian Pacific, African, Latin American and European regions who would like to conduct advocacy events and activities in their local areas in 2018.

April 06, 2017 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2018: Applications open

The award is given in recognition of outstanding and innovative scientific work from all areas of neuroscience research. The personal prize amounts to 25,000 EUR.

April 05, 2017 in FENS News


FENS member slots to attend the 2017 SfN meeting in Washington

Are you planning to attend the SfN meeting in Washington DC? Request your ISM slot to register and present your abstract on member terms.

April 04, 2017 in FENS News


IBANGS 2017: late-breaking abstract deadline

The 19th Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Meeting will be held in Madrid, Spain, May 15-18, 2017. The meeting will include exciting scientific lectures, research presentations and opportunities to share your work with your fellow scientists and mentors.

April 04, 2017 in Neuroscience News

Prof. Monica Di Luca awarded of the title of "Doctor Honoris Causa" by the University of Mons

FENS congratulates Prof. Monica Di Luca on her title of "Doctor Honoris Causa" awarded by the University of Mons, recognising her contribution to European brain research and advocacy.

April 04, 2017 in FENS News


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Message from FENS President

Save the date. On 22 April 2017, neuroscientists in Europe have the opportunity to join with our colleagues in the United States to ‘March for Science’ and to show the strength of our feelings about the importance of global collaboration.

Professor Barry Everitt, FENS President.

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Cortex Evolution and Development

24-27 September 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-chairs: Zoltán Molnár (University of Oxford) & Arnold Kriegstein (University of California, San Francisco)

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Attend SfN 2017 in Washington

Did you know that FENS members can register and submit abstracts to attend the SfN annual meeting in Washington on regular member conditions?

The deadline for requesting an ISM slot is 30 April midnight CET.

Apply for your ISM code today!