Connecting European Neuroscience


FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 44 neuroscience member societies across 33 European countries, FENS as an organisation represents 20,000 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 addition, 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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  • Neuroscience resources available online

    FENS is compiling a list of online resources intended to help the neuroscience community cope with the global situation in the best way. This is a collaborative list: please send us any educational materials, online events, platforms and other tools that you think useful.

  • FENS Forum: COVID-19 update

    As the news about the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, FENS is actively investigating solutions to proceed in the most responsible way. Please read this message from the FENS President.

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FENS statement regarding the COVID-19 developments and update on activities

FENS is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 situation. Read our full statement here for updates on our upcoming activities (updated on 18 March 2020).

March 18, 2020 in FENS News


The Brain Conferences 2020 postponed

Due to the latest coronavirus developments, FENS and the Lundbeck Foundation have decided to postpone both Brain Conferences "Brain Stroke: why, how and hope" and "RNA Mechanisms and Brain Disease", initially planned to take place in April and June 2020, to 2021. Read the full statement here (updated on 20 March).

March 13, 2020 in FENS News


FENS-EJN image competition

FENS and EJN are launching an image competition for the new FENS website. Overall winning image will also feature as the cover image on an EJN issue. Send your images!

March 13, 2020 in FENS News


EU-SURVEY_Monitoring Innovation and Societal Impact of EU Funded Research

March 12, 2020 in FENS News


FENS members get special rates to attend the 14th annual Canadian Meeting

New! FENS members can register for the 14th Canadian Neuroscience Meeting at member rates.

March 05, 2020 in FENS News


The 2020-2024 FENS-Kavli Scholars call is open

The call for FENS-Kavli Scholars for 2020-2024 is now open. Deadline for application: 10 May 2020

March 01, 2020 in FENS News


2020 Cajal courses application closing soon

Improve your technical skills by participating to a CAJAL course! Check out which courses are open for applications.

February 26, 2020 in FENS News


ENCODS 2020: extended deadline for registration

Register to ENCODS 2020, an international conference designed for early career neuroscientists. The conference will take place on 9-11 July 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom, prior to the FENS Forum. Extended deadline for applications: 15 March 2020.

February 25, 2020 in FENS News


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COVID-19 update

Following the COVID-19 advice of the Belgian government, the FENS team is working from home until further notice.
To contact us, please send us an email as we may not always be reachable through the office phone.

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Message from the FENS President

"At the start of 2020, I would like to wish you all a year of important progress in scientific discoveries and personal accomplishments. My good wishes also go to our community as a whole for impactful neuroscientific findings and success in establishing a culture that fosters collaboration as well as personal support and well-being.

Largely boosted by rapid technical advances, neuroscience is nowadays progressing at an impressive pace. Being exposed to recent developments in the field at large is essential, not only to foster collaborations and interdisciplinarity, but also to position our own work within the broader picture; still, it is extremely challenging to keep up to date on our own. This is one of the reasons why participating in large meetings, such as the upcoming 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience taking place in Glasgow this July, is becoming increasingly important. [...]"

Prof. Carmen Sandi
FENS President

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Dynamics of the brain:temporal aspects of computation

9-13 June 2019, Rungstedgaard, Denmark

Co-chairs: Ila Fiete (MIT, USA) & Gilles Laurent (MPI Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany)

Extended deadline: 29 March 2019



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