Connecting European Neuroscience

Rungstedgaard & Moltke's Palæ

The Brain Conferences establish a series of high-level meetings on neuroscience in Europe and are organised by FENS in partnership with The Brain Prize in two different venues in Denmark.


Rungstedgaard was built in 1917 and was originally the residence of Laura Dinesen, the widow of Jens Kraft Dinesen, the heir to Kragerup Manor. The manor house had its days of glory in the 1920s when Laura Dinesen married the painter, Peter Hougaard, and the family entertained many of the leading lights of society. The family owned Rungstedgaard until 1965 when the Danish College of Insurance, known today as the Insurance Academy, took over the manor and developed it into a conference centre.

The hotel rooms were added in the 1970s, extending the facilities by more than 100 rooms. During the 1990s and most recently, in 2002, two more extensions were added. Today the manor offers meeting and conference facilities for more than 400 guests. The main building at Rungstedgaard is steeped in history and elegance. The combination of the lovely traditional lounges and the bright and well-appointed conference facilities provides a unique setting for both work and pleasure.

Today, Rungstedgaard is still owned and run by the Insurance Academy, and it continues to be the centre for professional insurance education. Over the years, however, companies and private individuals outside the world of insurance have been able to use the facilities for meetings and conferences, banquets and celebrations, and much more.



Moltke’s Palace was originally built in 1702 and was later enlarged in 1878 and 1932 respectively. The building has served a myriad of purposes over its time-honoured history, namely as a home for nobles, merchants, a dowager queen, a Danish prime minister and an array of upper class personages. 

Today, Moltke’s Palace has been lovingly and thoroughly restored, and has become a cherished venue for hosting conferences, meetings, banquets and celebrations in Copenhagen’s most outstanding and well-preserved historical surroundings.

The numerous halls and chambers can accommodate large events hosting up to 750 guests, and our smaller chambers provide the ultimate setting for smaller celebrations and meetings.