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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  • Applications to the Winter School 2020 extended

    Applications to the FENS-Hertie Winter School 2020 "Multiscale approaches to probe psychiatric disorders" have been extended until 14 September 2020.

  • Join EJN at the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum

    Join EJN at the FENS 2020 Virtual FENS Forum! Visit their booth, find out more about their Virtual Issues, ask your questions during the Meet the Editors session and get some useful tips to publish your research at their Special interest Event.

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Receive the latest news from EBRA

The European Brain Research Area project - EBRA - was created as a catalysing initiative for brain research stakeholders to streamline and better co-ordinate brain research across Europe while fostering global initiatives. Subscribe to their newsletter and get updated on their activities!

June 23, 2020 in Societies & Partner News

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Prof. Juan Lerma candidate for the position of Councillor of SfN

Prof. Juan Lerma, Instituto de Neurociencias CSIC-UMH, Spain, is a candidate for the position of councillor of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in elections closing on 19 June 2020

June 17, 2020 in FENS News


2020 Gruber Neuroscience Prize Recipients announced

The Gruber Neuroscience Prize for 2020 has been awarded to Friedrich Bonhoeffer, Corey Goodman and Marc Tessier-Lavigne for their pioneering work on the molecular mechanisms that control axon guidance.

June 11, 2020 in FENS News


2020 KAVLI Prize in neuroscience announced

The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for 2020 has been awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their independent discoveries of sensory receptors for temperature and pressure, respectively.

May 27, 2020 in FENS News


ALBA-FKNE-YIBRO diversity grants for the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum: call now open open

The ALBA-FKNE-YIBRO Diversity Grants aim to broaden access to the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum. Application deadline: 14 June 2020

May 26, 2020 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

EBRA launches the 3rd & final call for clusters

The EBRA 3rd and final Call for Clusters is currently open, aiming to promote cooperation and exchange between brain research projects and to enable or enhance international collaboration and the development of clusters in all areas of brain research. The call targets a number of cluster types: Potential, Emerging, Consolidated and Global. Deadline for application extended: 1 September 2020

May 11, 2020 in FENS News


FENS Virtual Forum Grant and Voucher Programme

FENS would like to ensure the possibility for all of its members to attend the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum by implementing additional grants intended for early career scientists impacted by the current crisis.

May 06, 2020 in FENS News


EJN celebrates neuroscience in Finland

EJN celebrates neuroscience in Finland in a dedicated Virtual Issue, now accessible online.

April 30, 2020 in FENS News


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Winter school on psychiatric disorders

Apply to the FENS Hertie Winter School on Multiscale approaches to probe psychiatric disorders.

Date: 6-12 December 2020
Venue: Obergurgl, Austria

Stipends are available.

Deadline: 14 Sept. 2020


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Message from the FENS President

Dear colleagues, dear friends, 

This is a very difficult time for all of us in the FENS Community, and I want to extend my thoughts and best wishes to all of you who may be directly, or indeed indirectly, affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. I wish all of you and your families health and safety in these unprecedented times. 

As you probably know by now, the FENS Forum 2020 cannot take place in Glasgow this summer and it will take place as a virtual meeting instead. Now that this decision has been made, I hope that you share my excitement about the potential of the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum in supporting the mission of FENS - to foster exchange and networking between neuroscientists, and to promote exposure to the latest neuroscientific developments.

I look forward to staying connected through the FENS community, and I wish you, your families and colleagues good health." 

Carmen Sandi, FENS President


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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. These initiatives can include educational materials, online events, platforms and other tools useful in these difficult times. Have a look at this list and share your contributions!

View the resources here