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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  • History of Neuroscience Call for Projects 2019

    Call now open for projects celebrating the history of neuroscience. Selected projects will receive a financial support and will present their project at the History Corner at the FENS Forum 2020.

  • The Brain Prize Meeting

    The Brain Prize Meeting 2019 will take place on 25-27 November 2019 in Copenhagen. With international keynote speakers including the 2019 Prize winners, this Meeting aims to bring a broad range of researchers to discuss why small vessel disease has emerged as a major contributor to dementia worldwide. Registration and call for abstracts now open.

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Join the ALBA Network

The ALBA Network was officially launched at the FENS Regional Meeting. The Networks aims to foster diversity and equality in brain research. Brain scientists from all around the world are invited to join the Network and take part in this new initiative.

July 17, 2019 in FENS News


President's message - July 2019

We are now only one year away from our next FENS Forum, which will take place in July 2020 in Glasgow. Stay tuned for upcoming news, including the Forum programme, through the FENS website and social media, and be part of this vibrant neuroscientific community!

July 15, 2019 in FENS News


IBRO-Kemali Foundation Prize Awarded to Dr Hailan Hu

The 12th IBRO-Kemali International Prize for Research in the field of Basic and Clinical Neurosciences has been awarded to Dr Hailan Hu. Dr Hu will be giving a featured lecture at the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in July 2020 in Glasgow.

July 15, 2019 in Societies & Partner News

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FENS Special Events at FRM

In parallel to the programme of lectures and symposia, a number of FENS special events will be featured at the FENS Regional Meeting.

July 04, 2019 in FENS News


Launch of the ALBA Network to foster diversity and equality in brain sciences

The ALBA Network aims to promote diversity and equality in brain sciences. The launch event will take place on 11 July 2019, as part of the FENS Regional Meeting in Belgrade, Serbia.

July 04, 2019 in FENS News


SfN 2019 travel grant awardees

The travel grant recipients to attend the SfN Neuroscience 2019 meeting in Chicago have been announced! FENS warmly congratulates the selected applicants.

July 02, 2019 in FENS News


INS Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society will be taking place on 17-18 October 2019 in Chicago.

July 01, 2019 in FENS News


The Brain Prize 2020: Call for Nominations

The call for nominations is now open for candidates for The Brain Prize 2020, the €1 million prize awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation.

June 18, 2019 in Societies & Partner News

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Message from the FENS President

"We are now only one year away from our next FENS Forum, which will take place in July 2020 in Glasgow!
Stay tuned for the Forum programme and upcoming news through the FENS website and social media, and be part of this vibrant neuroscientific community! 

As you know, FENS  provides important membership benefits and opportunities in higher education and training, meetings, exchange programmes, and many other occasions for scientific interactions".

Carmen Sandi - FENS President

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School on Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms

Apply to the FENS Hertie Winter School on Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying brain disorders.

Date: 8-14 December 2019
Venue: Obergurgl, Austria

Stipends are available.

Deadline: 15 July