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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Prof. Barry Everitt nominated as candidate for president-elect of SfN

Current FENS president, Prof. Barry Everitt from the University of Cambridge, UK, has been announced as a candidate for the position of president-elect of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in elections that started on Monday 14th May 2018.

May 15, 2018 in FENS News


2018 Kavli Prize Laureates Announcement

Watch the live webcast of the 2018 Kavli Prize laureate announcements by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Oslo, Norway, and live coverage of a special Prize program from the World Science Festival in New York City.

May 15, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

EBC paper featured in latest WHO Bulletin

"Towards earlier diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain" by Monica Di Luca, David Nutt, Wolfgang Oertel, Patrice Boyer, Joke Jaarsma, Frederic Destrebecq, Giovanni Esposito & Vinciane Quoidbach.

May 10, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

Societies & Partner News

FENS IBRO/PERC travel grant awardees 2018 announced

​FENS and IBRO/PERC are happy to announce the successful travel grants applicants to attend the FENS Forum 2018 in Berlin.

April 11, 2018 in FENS News


Art of Neuroscience Competition 2018

The 8th annual Art of Neuroscience competition is now open for submissions.

April 10, 2018 in Neuroscience News

FENS member slots available to attend SfN meeting 2018 in San Diego

Are you planning to attend SfN 2018? Request your ISM slot to present your abstract and register at member rates.

April 06, 2018 in FENS News


The EJN Special Issue on the Neurobiological Bases of Autism Spectrum Disorders now published

Read the editorial on "Explorations and perspectives on the neurobiological bases of autism spectrum disorder", by John J. Foxe Sophie Molholm Stephane J. Baudouin Mark T. Wallace.

April 05, 2018 in FENS News


Registration is open: “Brain Research in Europe: Shaping FP9 and Delivering Innovation to the Benefit of Patients”

On 23-24 April, the European Brain Council (EBC) will hold a two-day event that will include three separate but complementary sessions on “FP9 and Missions”, “The Value of Innovation”, and “Brain Research: Shifting Gears and Going Global”.

April 05, 2018 in Societies & Partner News

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Message from the FENS President

More neuroscientists than at any previous Forum have registered to attend and there are 4000 abstract submissions.

If you were undecided before, now is the last opportunity to submit your abstract and also to take advantage of discounted FENS member registration rates. 

Barry Everitt - President of FENS

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Boost your technical skills

The following Cajal hands-on courses are open for applications:

Advanced Imaging Methods for Cellular Neuroscience
10-28 September 2018

Deadline: 30 May

Linking Neural Circuits and Behaviour
8-26 October 2018

Deadline: 13 June


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The Necessity of Cell Types for Brain Function

7-10 October 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-chairs: Ed Lein (Allen Institute for Brain Research) & Rafael Yuste (Columbia University)

Early registration deadline: 25 June 2018