FENS is the voice of European neuroscience

Founded in 1998 at the first Forum of European Neuroscience, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is the main organisation for neuroscience in Europe. FENS currently represents 41 national and single-discipline neuroscience societies across 32 European countries and more than 22,000 member scientists.

FENS promotes neuroscience research to policy-makers, funding bodies and the general public, both regionally and internationally. FENS promotes excellence in neuroscience research and facilitates exchanges and networking between neuroscientists within the European Research Area and beyond.

FENS activities include five broad areas:

FENS Meetings

Scientific meetings

FENS Careers

Higher education and training

FENS Publications

The European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN)

FENS Engagement

Outreach & Advocacy

FENS Membership


Learn more about our mission and activities

FENS values

FENS was created to bring together the scientific community and advance research and education in neuroscience in Europe and beyond.

FENS believes in inclusive, responsible science. FENS takes great pride in its position as the voice of European neuroscience and strives to structure its activities around the following principles.


FENS acknowledges the responsibility of the scientific community to carry out transparent, reproducible research to support the generation of excellent, credible science.


FENS believes that individual differences should never constitute a barrier to scientific excellence. As such, FENS strives to ensure that all of its activities, both internally and externally, are as inclusive and representative of the neuroscience community as possible, irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, ethnicity, national origin, cultural background, age, political opinions or religion. Find out more about the ALBA Network and FENS' commitment to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive neuroscience.


FENS is convinced of the value of bringing together researchers for scientific exchange and progress. Acknowledging the associated environmental impact, FENS continues to take relevant initiatives to minimise the impact of its activities in collaboration with the scientific community. Find out more about the Sustainable European Laboratories network (SELs), supported by FENS