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. It publishes papers on a broad range of topics, aiming to advance our understanding of the nervous system in health and disease.


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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 at BNA 2021 (12-15 April)!

Attending BNA 2021? Visit the FENS booth and come ask all your questions about the FENS Forum 2022 to the representatives of Programme Committee on Thursday 15 April at 5 pm BST.

April 01, 2021 in FENS News


Mark your calendars: upcoming FENS society meetings

From EBBS to the Slovenian Neuroscience Association, FENS Member Societies are holding their annual meeting in 2021! Check this article and mark your calendars with upcoming opportunities for you to learn, share your work and meet your peers!

March 30, 2021 in FENS News


The FENS Friday webinar series

The FENS Friday webinar series will take place once a month, on a Friday and will focus on a specific topic of interest. All events are free to attend and open to the whole neuroscience community.

March 24, 2021 in FENS News


FENS Friday webinar: "Communicating your science to non-scientists"

The webinar "Communicating your science to non-scientists: a how to guide with some top tips" is aimed for neuroscientists at any stage who wish to engage the wider audience with their research, particularly for those who are new to science communication. Free event but limited number of places. Registration deadline: 22 April 2021.

March 24, 2021 in FENS News


ECIB joins EBRA as a new cluster

The sixth and last EBRA cluster has now officially been launched! ECIB aims to harmonise Big Data approaches and standardise the sharing of brain imaging data in a European framework. 

March 11, 2021 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

The Brain Prize 2021 awarded to a group of neuroscience pioneers in migraine research

The Brain Prize 2021 has been awarded to a group of four neuroscientists from Denmark, Sweden, UK, and USA who discovered a key mechanism that causes migraine and led to revolutionary new treatments.

March 04, 2021 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Celebrate Brain Awareness Week on 15-21 March!

Celebrate brain research across Europe! This year, 33 projects across Europe have been selected by FENS and the Dana Foundation for Brain Awareness Week! Online talks, videos, music concerts or a brain exploration using Minecraft: discover the many ways to celebrate brain research!

March 02, 2021 in FENS News


EJN publisher, Wiley, signs Transitional Agreement to Accelerate Open Access Publishing in Italy

Wiley, publisher of the European Journal of Neuroscience, announced a new four-year open access agreement with the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI). Researchers and students of participating Italian institutions can now publish open access in EJN at no direct cost.

February 25, 2021 in FENS News


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ENCODS2021: Registration is open

Are you a PhD student in neuroscience? Register now for the ENCODS2021 online meeting (4-6 June).

Late registration deadline:  1 May 2021 (open only for non-presenting participants).


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FENS Forum 2022

The FENS Forum 2022 will take place on 9-13 July 2022 in Paris, France.  

The call for symposia and technical workshops is now open. Take this opportunity to shape the scientific programme: submit your proposal by 20 May 2021!

Visit the FENS Forum 2022 website for more information


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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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Online neuroscience resources

FENS is compiling a list of online resources intended to help the neuroscience community cope with the current situation. Have a look at this list and share your contributions!

View the resources here