FENS, through its History Committee, regularly supports seminars about the history of neuroscience.

Information about upcoming seminars will be posted here and on the FENS calendar.

Recordings and materials of past seminars are available in the resources section.






  • Naples: on 18 March 2015, involving three secondary schools’ students respectively coming from the “Liceo Statale Scientifico ‘Giuseppe Mercalli'”, the “Istituto Paritario Bianchi dei Padri Barnabiti” and the “Liceo Classico ‘Umberto I'”; and organised by Dr Gioacchino Tedeschi (the University of Naples and Italian Society of Neurology- SIN) and Dr Lorenzo Lorusso (Neurology Dept., Chiari and Chair of the FENS History Committee). Another session took place on 11 April 2015.
  • Oxford: on 19 March 2015, the seminar “Neuroscience in Oxford: Four Centuries of Discovery
  • Milan: on 17 April 2015, on “Carlo Besta and the Italian Neurosciences Development“, organised by the Fondazione I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta.
  • Oxford: on 12 May 2015, on “History of understanding of the cerebral cortex”, at St John’s College. Watch this seminar on FENS Youtube Channel
  • Thessaloniki (Greece): on 9th October 2015, on “A History of Neuroscience Symposium – Understanding the origins and the development of Neuroscience from the Ancient Greek era till today”, at the FRM 2015.
  • Venice: on 7 November 2015, on “The Contribution of Neuroscience in Veneto. Cultural and Medical-Scientific roots: actuality and perspectives” at the Sala San Domenico of the Ospedale Civile Ss. Giovanni e Paolo.
  • Paris: on 3-4 December 2015, on “De l’Histoire des Neurosciences à la Neuropsychiatrie Moderne” at the ICM Auditorium in the Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière, in collaboration with the Institut du Cerveau et de la moelle épinière (ICM).
  • London: on 14 December 2015, on “Neuroscience – Past, Present and Future” at the Kings College London, for the 50th anniversary of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)