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 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

Societies & Partner News

Position available: Editor-in-Chief,

Serving a three-year appointment, the next Editor-in-Chief (EiC) for will be the third Editor-in-Chief, following John Morrison and Nicholas Spitzer. The EiC’s term will begin 1 January 2019, after a period of transition with Dr. Morrison.

March 23, 2018 in Neuroscience News

Message from the President

Spring is with us, the evenings are lighter and our optimism about the 20th Anniversary FENS Forum in Berlin has been fully justified. More neuroscientists than at any previous Forum have registered to attend and there are 4000 abstract submissions.

March 23, 2018 in FENS News


ERA-NET Neuron/Excellent Paper in Neuroscience Award announced

Dr. Cristina García Cáceres, awarded with the prize, will be the ERA-NET Neuron/Excellent Paper in Neuroscience Award Special Lecturer at the FENS Forum 2018. Her presentation entitled "Astrocytic Insulin Signaling Couples Brain Glucose Uptake with Nutrient Availability", will be held on Wednesday 11 July.

March 22, 2018 in Neuroscience News

The German Neuroscience Society has selected its stipend awardees for the FENS Forum 2018

FENS warmly congratulates the recipients of the FENS Forum travel grants from the German Neuroscience Society.

March 20, 2018 in FENS News


USA Nationals of the World's Largest Neuroscience Competition for Teenagers

The USA Nationals of the World's Largest Neuroscience Competition for Teenagers was held this week. Chapter winners from 54 cities and 37 states competed.

March 19, 2018 in Neuroscience 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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Attend SfN in San Diego

Are you a FENS member planning to attend SfN? Request your ISM slot to register at reduced member rates and present your abstract on member terms.

Abstract submission deadline: 3 May 2018.

Apply for your ISM code today!

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Neuroscience Outreach Awards

To celebrate neuroscience outreach, Dana/EDAB and FENS reward public outreach projects and special contributions by individuals and organisations at the FENS Forum.

The calls for proposals are open.

Submit your nomination.

Deadline: 1 May 2018


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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: 14 May

Linking Neural Circuits and Behaviour
8-26 October 2018

Deadline: 13 June