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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FENS EJN Award 2020: Call for nominations

Call for nominations open on 1 November 2018.

October 25, 2018 in FENS News


2019 Gruber International Prize Program

Call for Nominations open in the field of Cosmology, Genetics, or Neuroscience.

October 15, 2018 in Neuroscience News

The travel grant awardees to attend the ANS annual meeting in 2018 have been selected

The FENS and ANS travel grants recipients to facilitate the attendance of young investigators, PhD or MSc students to the 38th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, 3-6 December 2018) have been selected.

October 12, 2018 in FENS News


Message from the FENS President

We make FENS through our member societies. It is, thus, highly important to support our national societies. Being a member of your national society –and attending its national meeting in 2019– means being part of FENS.

October 11, 2018 in FENS News


FENS supports the African Society of Neuroscientists meeting 2019 (SONA)

FENS provides travel grants to help young investigators, PhD or MS students to attend SONA conference 2019 (24-28 March) in Lagos, Nigeria

October 03, 2018 in FENS News


Brain Awareness Week Sticker Design Contest launched

The Dana Foundation invites you to enter the Brain Awareness Week Sticker Design Contest for the chance to have your creation become the sticker for the 2019 campaign, 11-17 March.

September 19, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Improving Openness in Animal Research in Germany: second workshop announced

The European Animal Research Association (EARA) with the support of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), invite to you to discuss improving openness in communications with the general public, political decision makers and opinion formers in Germany on animal research.

September 17, 2018 in Neuroscience News

EJN Editorial on Neuroscience without borders: Preserving the history of neuroscience

The paper is written by the FENS History Committee (2016-2018), in collaboration with FENS and IBRO Presidents, and with the input of Professor Gordon Shepherd. It reflects the activities organised and actions taken by the History Committee to preserve the European History of Neuroscience and promote its importance for modern research.

September 10, 2018 in FENS News


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Message from the FENS President

We make FENS through our member societies. It is, thus, highly important to support our national societies. Being a member of your national society –and attending its national meeting in 2019– means being part of FENS. Looking forward to continuing shaping FENS together in 2019!

Carmen Sandi - FENS President

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FENS EJN Award 2020

This award is sponsored by the EJN's publisher Wiley and is given in recognition of an outstanding scientific work in any area of neuroscience. This is a personal prize of £ 10,000.

Call for nominations deadline: 21 December 2018.


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Save the Date!

The FENS Forum 2020 will take place in Glasgow, 11 - 15 July 2020 and hosted by the British Neuroscience Association (BNA).

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More information will be available soon on the Forum 2020 website.