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 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 Outreach Awards 2018 announced

Three Neuroscience Outreach Awards were announced on Monday, 9 July at the FENS Forum 2018, in Berlin.

July 09, 2018 in FENS News


FRM 2019: Call for Symposia now open

We invite you to submit your proposals for symposia for the FENS Regional Meeting 2019 (FRM2019) which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, July 10-13, 2019.

June 19, 2018 in FENS News


Message from the President

We are in the final days in the run up to the 11th FENS Forum, which is also FENS’ 20th Anniversary Forum, in Berlin. It’s already clear there will be more attendees than at any previous Forum. This is no surprise given the excellence of the programme and the truly international neuroscience that will be presented. There is still time to register. Do it now and join the party!

June 18, 2018 in FENS News


Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cajal Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme and Bordeaux Imaging Center

A 3-year agreement recently signed with the Cajal Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme and Bordeaux Imaging Center formally establishes this partnership.

June 14, 2018 in FENS News


Prof. Everitt selected as President-Elect of the Society for Neuroscience

Barry Everitt, FENS President, has been selected as President-Elect of the Society for Neuroscience.

June 13, 2018 in FENS News


2018 KAVLI Prize in neuroscience announced

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for 2018 to A. James Hudspeth, Robert Fettiplace and Christine Petit.

June 01, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

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New procedures ensure FENS' conformity with the GDPR

FENS is currently implementing procedures to ensure that we conform to the newly approved General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

May 24, 2018 in FENS News


The Brain Prize 2019: Call for Nominations

The call for nominations is now open to look for candidates for the € 1 million prize, The Brain Prize, which is awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation.

May 16, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

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Message from the FENS President

"During my term, I would like to ensure representation of all neuroscientific disciplines at our meetings, applying special actions to incorporate underrepresented fields. Another important focus will be promoting gender equality and reinforcing networks and activities for young investigators."

Carmen Sandi - FENS President

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The Necessity of Cell Types for Brain Function

7-10 October 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-chairs: Ed Lein (Allen Institute for Brain Research) & Rafael Yuste (Columbia University)

Regular application deadline: 7 August 2018.



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FRM 2018: Call for Symposia and Workshops open

The next FENS Regional meeting will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, 10 - 13 July 2019.

Key dates:

Deadline for Symposia and Workshop proposals: 1 September 2018.

Call for abstracts, early registration open: 1 November 2018.

FENS Travel Grant applications open: 1 December 2018.