FENS announces the appointment of new Executive Director
13 August 2021
FENS is delighted to announce the appointment of Tasia Asakawa as Executive Director. From October 2021, Tasia will oversee the management, operations and strategic development of the FENS administration, working in close liaison with the FENS leadership.
Originally from San Diego, California, Tasia Asakawa obtained an MSc in the History of Science at the University of Oxford. Her professional career spans two decades of international work in academia and non-profit scientific organisations. Tasia comes from a position as the Director of Development, Communications and Finance at the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), where she has helped fulfil IBRO’s mission of supporting and promoting neuroscience around the world.
On behalf of FENS, President Jean-Antoine Girault welcomes Tasia to FENS, highlighting her knowledge of the international neuroscience landscape, her experience as a key executive in the IBRO Secretariat and her commitment to serving scientific excellence as strong assets which will contribute to consolidating FENS’ position as the voice of European neuroscience.
Tasia commented that “FENS is an exceptional organisation that provides ambitious, forward-looking community leadership whose work inspires scientists everywhere. It possesses limitless potential to advance brain research and education both within and outside Europe. It is a great honour for me to join as Executive Director at this exciting time and to serve FENS leadership, membership and administration during the organisation’s next evolution.”
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. Its mission is to advance research and education in neuroscience within and outside Europe, and to facilitate interaction and coordination between its members. FENS currently represents 44 European national and single discipline neuroscience societies with more than 20,000 member scientists from 33 European countries.