Connecting European Neuroscience


FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 44 neuroscience member societies across 33 European countries, FENS as an organisation represents 20,000 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. It publishes papers on a broad range of topics, aiming to advance our understanding of the nervous system in health and disease.


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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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EJN Editorial "What brains do we study and why do we study them?"

The Editorial: What brains do we study and why do we study them? by Emre Yaksi and Carmen Sandi is now available! This fascinating editorial summarizes and reviews the widely attended Brain Debate session at the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum.

November 12, 2020 in FENS News


EARA online events: "Improving Openness in Animal Research"

The EARA is organising a series of online event to improve oppenness in animal research in Belgium, Greece and Hungary.

November 06, 2020 in FENS News


Nominations open for the FENS EJN Award 2022

The FENS EJN Award recognises outstanding scientific work in all areas of neuroscience. The call for nominations is now open - deadline: 18 December 2020.

November 05, 2020 in FENS News


The FENS Regional Meeting 2021 will take place as an online meeting

The FENS Regional Meeting (FRM) set to take place on 25-27 August 2021, and jointly organised by the Polish Neuroscience Society and the Lithuanian Neuroscience Association, will take place as an online meeting.

November 02, 2020 in FENS News


Applications open for the 2021-2025 FKNE Cohort

Applications are now open for the FENS-Kavli Scholars 2021-2025 cohort. Deadline: 30 January 2021

November 02, 2020 in FENS News


Applications open for the CAJAL hands-on course on Optogenetics

Applications open for its first on-site course in 2021: Optogenetics, chemogenetics and biosensors for cellular and circuit neuroscience. Application deadline: 23 November 2020. Stipends available.

October 28, 2020 in FENS News


New opportunity at FENS: communication internship

FENS is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and multi-skilled intern with a keen interest in science communication to support the implementation of FENS’ communication strategy. Full-time position, based in the FENS office in Brussels. Deadline: 15 November 2020

October 22, 2020 in FENS News


FENS supports the call for an increased Horizon Europe budget

FENS fully supports the strong calls from the European Parliament and the EU Research and Innovation community for an increase of the Horizon Europe budget.

October 22, 2020 in FENS News


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FRM 2021: Call for Symposia open

The next FENS Regional meeting will take place as a virtual meeting on 25-27 August 2021. 

New deadline! Submit your proposal for symposia by 1 December 2020


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FENS President Message

"Dear colleagues, dear friends,

It is a real honour to be FENS President and I am looking forward to serving FENS and the neuroscience community over these coming two years, together with Secretary General, Dóra Reglődi, Treasurer, Harm Krugers, and our other colleagues. [...]

FENS is now a large and efficient organisation that does its best to serve the neuroscience community and promote neuroscience across Europe and beyond. Many FENS activities, in the same way as our members’ and partners’, are being impacted by the current context and our first objective therefore is to make sure they all recover and can be developed further, learning when possible from the current difficulties. As the future remains uncertain, FENS will continue developing activities and initiatives to support its members and the neuroscience community. [...]

I would very much appreciate your feedback and suggestions on the issues mentioned above and any others. I look forward to working with the FENS community, and I wish you, your families and colleagues good health."

Jean-Antoine Girault
FENS President 2020-2022

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Online neuroscience resources

FENS is compiling a list of online resources intended to help the neuroscience community cope with the current situation. Have a look at this list and share your contributions!

View the resources here

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COVID-19 update

Following the COVID-19 advice of the Belgian government, the FENS team is working from home until further notice.
To contact us, please send us an email as we may not always be reachable through the office phone.

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