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 Awards: Young Investigator Prize and the Best Publication Award

In collaboration with FENS and Wiley, EJN is inviting nominations for the Best Publication Award and The Young Investigator Prize, personal prizes of GBP 3,000 and GBP 7,000 respectively. Calls for nominations will open on 7 January 2019.

December 13, 2018 in FENS News


History online projects awarded in 2018

FENS warmly congratulates the ten history online projects awarded in 2018.

December 11, 2018 in FENS News


The travel grant awardees to attend the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa conference (SONA 2019) have been selected

The FENS travel grants recipients to attend the bi-annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa in 2019 (Lagos, Nigeria) 24-28 March 2019) have been selected.

December 05, 2018 in FENS News


FENS members benefit from special registration rates for the 2019 JNS annual meeting

FENS members can register for the Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society in 2019 at special rates.

December 03, 2018 in FENS News


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

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Message from the FENS President

"I would like to send you, and your families, my warmest wishes for the holiday season. I feel privileged to be part of this vibrant FENS community and look forward to working with you all towards its continued growth and success in 2019."

Carmen Sandi - FENS President

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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)

Early application deadline: 1 Feb. 2019


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FENS EJN Young Investigator Award 2020

Prize: GBP 7,000 sponsored by Wiley.

Candidates must be aged 35 or under and either be working in a European research institution or be of European origin if working outside of Europe.

Individuals may apply themselves or be nominated by fellow neuroscientists.

Deadline for application: 15 February 2019