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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FRM 2019: Travel grant applications now open

FENS and IBRO-PERC are offering travel grants for young qualified researchers to attend the 6th FENS Regional Meeting in Belgrade, Serbia on 10 - 13 July 2019.

December 01, 2018 in FENS News


History Corner Poster Competition at the FRM 2019

The FENS History Committee has launched a History Corner poster competition. Come and visit the History Corner at the FENS Regional Meeting (FRM) 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia (10-13 July), where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the History of Neuroscience in Serbia, Romania and Turkey.

November 30, 2018 in FENS News


FENS travel scholarships available to attend the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience (ACAN)

Through a reciprocal agreement, FENS will provide travel scholarships for European PhD students and/or early career researchers who are FENS members to attend ACAN in 2019.

November 28, 2018 in FENS News


EBC-coordinated EU project The European Brain Research Area (EBRA) launched

1 November 2018 marked the launch of the European Brain Council (EBC)-coordinated EU project The European Brain Research Area (EBRA).

November 23, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

FENS offers travel grants for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society

FENS offers travel grants to young investigators, PhD or MSc students to attend the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society ("Brain Science Takes Flight: Bridging the Mind and Life", Toki Messe, Niigata, Japan, 25-28 July 2019).

November 22, 2018 in FENS News


EJN is launching 2 Special Issues!

EJN Special Issue on Depression and on Sex Differences in Neuroscience and Neuropsychopharmacology. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

November 20, 2018 in FENS News


Dr. Kevin Moses Named Vice President of Science Programs at The Kavli Foundation

FENS welcomes Dr Kevin Moses as Vice President of Science Programs at The Kavli Foundation.

November 14, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

Forum 2020: BNA call for topics

FENS Forum 2020: What Introductory Scientific Workshops and Early Career Research Events do you want? Quick 2-Question Survey.

November 09, 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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Understanding and targeting Alzheimer's disease

5-8 May 2019, Rungstedgaard, Denmark

Co-chairs: Christian Haass (LMU Munich & German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) & Beth Stevens (Harvard Medical School)

Application is now open.


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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.