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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The Brain Conferences: new dates for 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brain Conferences set to take place in April have been postponed until October 2021.

October 16, 2020 in FENS News


How can we improve the way we do neuroscience?

How can we improve the way we do neuroscience? Credibility, sustainability, diversity, responsible science... Check out all your ideas!

October 15, 2020 in FENS News


EJN Editorial "Report on the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum"

Read about holding a virtual international scientific meeting this year– what worked, what didn’t and what was learned for the future.

October 15, 2020 in FENS News


International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) seeks Executive Director

IBRO seeks an experienced association executive or experienced executive-scientist to serve as its next Executive Director. The Executive Director, along with IBRO’s offices and staff are located in Paris, France. The position closes on 31 October 2020.

October 14, 2020 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

FENS history of neuroscience call for online projects now open

The annual history of neuroscience call for online projects is now open! You have until 15 December to submit your project documenting the history and development of neuroscience. Funding available.

October 12, 2020 in FENS News


#FENSFriday - 2 October 2020

#FENSFriday is gradually coming to an end: download the graphic recording of Karl Deisseroth's closing lecture at the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum.

October 02, 2020 in FENS News


Winner of the FENS-EJN Image Competition announced!

The FENS Communication Committee and the European Journal of Neuroscience Editorial board are delighted to announce the winner of the FENS-EJN Image Competition!

October 01, 2020 in FENS News


FENS President Message October 2020

Jean-Antoine Girault (France) is the FENS President for 2020-2022. "It is a real honour to be FENS President and I am looking forward to serving FENS and the neuroscience community." Read his message and find out more about Jean-Antoine's plans for FENS in the coming two years.

October 01, 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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FENS President Message

"Dear colleagues, dear friends,

It is a real honour to be FENS President and I am looking forward to serving FENS and the neuroscience community over these coming two years, together with Secretary General, Dóra Reglődi, Treasurer, Harm Krugers, and our other colleagues. [...]

FENS is now a large and efficient organisation that does its best to serve the neuroscience community and promote neuroscience across Europe and beyond. Many FENS activities, in the same way as our members’ and partners’, are being impacted by the current context and our first objective therefore is to make sure they all recover and can be developed further, learning when possible from the current difficulties. As the future remains uncertain, FENS will continue developing activities and initiatives to support its members and the neuroscience community. [...]

I would very much appreciate your feedback and suggestions on the issues mentioned above and any others. I look forward to working with the FENS community, and I wish you, your families and colleagues good health."

Jean-Antoine Girault
FENS President 2020-2022

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FRM 2021: Call for Symposia open

The next FENS Regional meeting will take place in Krakow, Poland on 25-27 August 2021. 

Submit your proposal for symposia by 20 October 2020


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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. These initiatives can include educational materials, online events, platforms and other tools useful in these difficult times. Have a look at this list and share your contributions!

View the resources here