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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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

Societies & Partner News

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

Societies & Partner News

Prof. Barry Everitt nominated as candidate for president-elect of SfN

Current FENS president, Prof. Barry Everitt from the University of Cambridge, UK, has been announced as a candidate for the position of president-elect of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in elections that started on Monday 14th May 2018.

May 15, 2018 in FENS News


2018 Kavli Prize Laureates Announcement

Watch the live webcast of the 2018 Kavli Prize laureate announcements by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Oslo, Norway, and live coverage of a special Prize program from the World Science Festival in New York City.

May 15, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

EBC paper featured in latest WHO Bulletin

"Towards earlier diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain" by Monica Di Luca, David Nutt, Wolfgang Oertel, Patrice Boyer, Joke Jaarsma, Frederic Destrebecq, Giovanni Esposito & Vinciane Quoidbach.

May 10, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

FENS IBRO/PERC travel grant awardees 2018 announced

​FENS and IBRO/PERC are happy to announce the successful travel grants applicants to attend the FENS Forum 2018 in Berlin.

April 11, 2018 in FENS News


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Message from the FENS 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!

Barry Everitt - President of FENS

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Boost your technical skills

The following Cajal hands-on course is open for applications:

Linking Neural Circuits and Behaviour
8-26 October 2018

Deadline: 15 July.


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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)

Early registration deadline: 25 June 2018