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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Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Thomas Willis's birth

Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Thomas Willis's birth by learning more about the impact Willis and his work had on neuroscience! Watch the collection of videos prepared by the University of Oxford.

February 22, 2021 in Neuroscience News

PREMOS joins EBRA as new cluster

The PREMOS cluster joined the EBRA project, focusing on Predictive Model Systems and aiming to enhance resource and data sharing using European Research Infrastructures.

February 15, 2021 in Societies & Partner News

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2020 History Online Projects: discover the awardees

Nine projects have been selected as part of the call for 2020 history online projects

February 09, 2021 in FENS News


EJN Call for Papers - Special Issue on "Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias: from risk factors to disease pathogenesis"

New EJN Call for Papers on "Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias: from risk factors to disease pathogenesis"! Submission deadline: 31 October 2021

February 08, 2021 in FENS News


FENS seeks its next Executive Director

FENS seeks an outstanding association executive or executive‐scientist to serve as its next Executive Director. Full time position, based in Brussels, Belgium.

February 04, 2021 in FENS News


EuroNeuroVoices: we want to hear you!

With the current health situation preventing us from meeting in person, we miss the voices of our members, colleagues and friends. We'd love to hear your 30s of "hello" via video!

February 03, 2021 in FENS News


The travel grant awardees to attend the Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society in 2021 have been selected

February 02, 2021 in FENS News


Live chat on Neuronline: Environmentally Friendly-Model for Life Sciences

How can you incorporate more sustainable practices in your work? How can we help move neuroscience towards an environmentally-friendly framework? Join us for a live chat on 10 February 2021.

January 28, 2021 in FENS News


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FENS President End of year Message

"Dear colleagues, dear friends,

As we approach the end of a quite unprecedented year, I would like to begin by sharing my heartfelt hopes with all of you for 2021. 

The current period is also an opportunity for FENS to prepare its strategic plan for 2022-2030. We have launched an internal review process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of its functioning and are very much looking forward to receiving the advice of our member societies so as to better understand their vision of FENS for the future. In this context, we would also be happy to get feedback and suggestions from all neuroscientists who are welcome to express their opinions and thoughts to FENS directly. The participation of early-career neuroscientists, students or post-docs, is strongly encouraged. FENS will launch a call for input in 2021.

The end of the year is a time of warm feelings and joy with family and friends. Our large family is that of neuroscience and I am confident that, in many different ways, with lots of ideas and creativity, we will all be able to celebrate the end of 2020. We will look back on 2020 and realise how much we have learnt from this special year. One way to do so in science is to increase interactions, exchanges and collaborations: I invite you to take part in your upcoming society meetings, FRM and the Forum and help us demonstrate that, as a borderless community, we do better.

I wish you and your loved ones all the well-deserved joys of the season and true happiness for the coming year."

Jean-Antoine Girault
FENS President 2020-2022

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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