Connecting European Neuroscience


FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 43 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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FENS-CARE in support of Italian Biomedical Research

The scientific community is calling for a better balance between scientific progress and animal protection in Italian legislation. The petition “Save Italian Biomedical Research” has been signed by more than 15,000 people.

October 01, 2019 in FENS News


Speaking of Research Open Letter to EPA Regarding Animal Research

The Rapid Response Network is calling on members of the United States’ scientific community to sign onto an open letter denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to reduce and eventually eliminate animal research.

September 30, 2019 in FENS News


FENS at SfN 2019

FENS is exhibiting at Neuroscience 2019 (booth #2027). SfN's 49th annual meeting is taking place on 19-23 October 2019 in Chicago.

September 26, 2019 in FENS News


The Kavli Prize 2020: call for nominations open

The Call for nominations for the 2020 Kavli Prizes is now open and will close on 1 December 2019. The winners will be announced on 27 May 2020 and the award ceremony will take place in Oslo, Norway on 8 September 2020.

September 23, 2019 in Societies & Partner News

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17-year old student from China wins 2019 International Brain Bee Championship

The 2019 International Brain Bee competition took place at the 10th World Congress of Neuroscience of the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO), with a record 28 national/regional champions from all six continents.

September 22, 2019 in FENS News


The 21st edition of IBB at IBRO 2019

The 21st edition of the International Brain Bee (IBB) World Championship will take place September 19-23, 2019 in Daegu, South Korea, in conjunction with the 10th World Congress of the International Brain Research Organization. We wish the best of luck to all the 28 competitors!

September 20, 2019 in FENS News


Johannes Gräff awarded the Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2020

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and Boehringer Ingelheim are delighted to announce that the Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2020 has been awarded to Dr Johannes Gräff for his pioneering research on epigenetic mechanisms in memory formation.

September 12, 2019 in FENS News


2021 training activities programme: call for ideas

Scientists from all domains in neuroscience are invited to submit ideas for themes and topics for the 2021 educational and training programme. Deadline: 30 September 2019

September 03, 2019 in FENS News


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Message from the FENS President

"We are now only one year away from our next FENS Forum, which will take place in July 2020 in Glasgow!
Stay tuned for the Forum programme and upcoming news through the FENS website and social media, and be part of this vibrant neuroscientific community! 

As you know, FENS  provides important membership benefits and opportunities in higher education and training, meetings, exchange programmes, and many other occasions for scientific interactions".

Carmen Sandi - FENS President

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Advanced imaging techniques for cellular and systems neuroscience

Improve your imaging skills by attending this Cajal hands-on training course. Applications are open.

Venue: Bordeaux School of Neuroscience, France
Date: 23 March - 10 April 2020

Deadline: 16 December 2019.