FENS facilitates the dissemination of scientific information through a series of online resources, available to all.

Browse the directory below and access a vast array of online materials, including position papers, training and career development materials, outreach and advocacy resources.

Title Description Type Year
Neurosexism and the Brain – Corpus Curiosum (Series II)
The ‘Hunt the Sex Difference’ agenda has informed brain research brain for decades, if not centuries. This talk by Dr Gina Rippon aims to demonstrate how a fixed belief in differences between ‘male’ and ‘female’ brains can narrow and even distort the research process. This can include the questions that are asked, the methodology selected and the analytical pipeline. It can also powerfully inform the interpretation of results and the ‘spin’ used in the public communication of such research.
The Corpus Curiosum series was produced with the support of FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET)
Video 2020 Neurosexism and the Brain – Corpus Curiosum (Series II)
New Neurons in the adult Brain – Corpus Curiosum (Series II)
The adult brain is capable of undergoing neuronal plasticity at different levels ranging from molecular changes to circuit modifications. Until the early 90s, the general rule was that the mammals’ central nervous system lacked the ability to generate new neurons upon birth. It is now clear that the hippocampus, the structure in the brain involved in learning and memory, produces dentate granule cells throughout the lifespan. Adult neurogenesis can be shaped by physical exercise, experience, aging and disease. A talk by Dr Mariela Trinchero.
Video 2020 New Neurons in the adult Brain – Corpus Curiosum (Series II)
Newport Langley, John – UK

Biography of Newport Langley, John – UK
Via IBRO

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Non-coding RNAs in Nervous System Function and Disease

Thousands of non-coding (nc)RNAs have been identified with functions in processes, such as translation regulation and RNA processing. Different classes of ncRNAs exist, including microRNAs, circRNAs and tRNAs, some of which are enriched in the nervous system and neural cells. This webinar will discuss some of the functions of these ncRNAs in the developing and adult brain and highlights how their deregulation contributes to brain trauma and disease. Webinar organised by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET).

Website 2020

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Olga Viogradova (1929-2001): role of the hippocampus in selection and registration of information

Collection of all the scientific achievements of Olga Vi0gradova and coverage of the facts of her biography.

Website 2017 Open URL
Online workshop: Running a Brain Awareness Week event in 2021

This workshop aims to provide neuroscientists with useful tips to plan an event for Brain Awareness Week 2021, from writing a successful proposal for Brain Awareness Week to running an engaging outreach event, both online and in-person.

Workshop organised by the FENS Communication Committee with the support of the Dana Foundation.

Video 2020 Online workshop: Running a Brain Awareness Week event in 2021
Open Letter on recent developments in science in the US

An open letter from FENS on recent developments in science in the US

Document 2017 View/Download
Opening up: open access publishing, data sharing, and how they can influence your neuroscience career (FKNE opinion article published in EJN)

Opinion article produced by FENS-Kavli Scholars (FKNE), and published in the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN).

Website 2016 Open URL
Outreach & Advocacy

FENS aims to increase public awareness about the benefits of brain research (online flyer).

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Oxford Sparks: You’ve Got a Nerve

Most of us take movement and balance for granted, and it’s only when something goes wrong that we realise how complicated it is. In the early 1900s, an Oxford researcher called Charles Sherrington examined microscope slides of muscles, nerves, the spine and the brain and traced the connections between them. Using this box of slides, he built up a picture of how muscles are controlled. Some diseases can damage nerve cells and affect muscle control. Researchers today still use the basic principles established by Sherrington to investigate how to fix these problems.

Video Oxford Sparks: You’ve Got a Nerve
Pavlov’s wayward pupil: full of twists and turns Jerzy Koorski’s life

Short documentary movie on Jerzy Koorski, well-known Polish neuroscientist.

Video 2018 Pavlov’s wayward pupil: full of twists and turns Jerzy Koorski’s life
Peters, Alan – UK

Biography of Peters, Alan – UK
Via IBRO

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Pioneers of neuroscience in Poland

Biographies of pioneers of Polish neurology and neuroscience living in the 19th century and early 20th century

Website 2017 Open URL
Portraits of European Neuroscientists

Project funded under the FENS call for history of neuroscience projects.

Website 2010 Open URL
Postdocs Share: Moving From Europe to the United States

Article by Alicia Puscian, Kevin Kenna, Marina Vidaki.

In this article, we’ll share cultural themes that arose among our personal experiences moving from Europe to the United States. Our intent is to empower you to make a more informed choice about where to take this next step in your career.

Material produced under the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET) umbrella, published on Neuronline.

Website 2020 Open URL
Prof. Colin Blakemore – Two Eyes, One World: A Brief History of Binocular Vision

Professor Colin Blakemore (Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses School of Advanced Study, University of London) on “Two Eyes, One World: A Brief History of Binocular Vision”, at the FENS History Seminar on “History of Understanding of the Cerebral Cortex”, organised at St John’s College, University of Oxford, on 12 May 2015, by Prof. Zoltan Molnar.

Video Prof. Colin Blakemore – Two Eyes, One World: A Brief History of Binocular Vision
Prof. Gordon Shepherd – Creating Modern Neuroscience
Professor Gordon M Shepherd (Department of Neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA) on “Creating Modern Neuroscience: How Do We Compare Today with the Revolutionary 1950s?”, at the FENS History Seminar on “History of Understanding of the Cerebral Cortex”, organised at St John’s College, University of Oxford, on 12 May 2015, by Prof. Zoltan Molnar.
Video Prof. Gordon Shepherd – Creating Modern Neuroscience
Prof. Marco Piccolino – Vision and the senses in the work of Galileo Galilei

Professor Marco Piccolino (Italian Institute of Neurosciences University of Ferrara, Italy) on “Vision and the senses in the work of Galileo Galilei”, at the FENS History Seminar on “History of Understanding of the Cerebral Cortex”, organised at St John’s College, University of Oxford, on 12 May 2015, by Prof. Zoltan Molnar.

Video Prof. Marco Piccolino – Vision and the senses in the work of Galileo Galilei
Prof. Richard Brown – Le Gros Clark versus Zuckerman: what were their disagreements?

Professor Richard Brown (Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Dalhousie, University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) on “Le Gros Clark versus Zuckerman: what were their disagreements?”, at the FENS History Seminar on “History of Understanding of the Cerebral Cortex”, organised at St John’s College, University of Oxford, on 12 May 2015, by Prof. Zoltan Molnar.

Video Prof. Richard Brown – Le Gros Clark versus Zuckerman: what were their disagreements?
Ranvier, Louis – France

Biography of Ranvier, Louis – France
Via IBRO

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Rediscovering Hibernation: Research of the Belgrade School of Physiology

Biography of the Sorbone graduate and member of several national academies of sciences, the Serbian scientist, Professor Jean Giaja (Ivan Djaja).

Website 2015 Open URL
Research on Drugs – Is it Time to Lift Restrictions? – Corpus Curiosum (Series I)

What is psychedelic microdosing and why are people doing it? Where does all the hype about it come from and most importantly, does it actually work? So many questions that currently remain unanswered.

Video 2020 Research on Drugs – Is it Time to Lift Restrictions? – Corpus Curiosum (Series I)
Running a Brain Awareness Week event

Find useful resources to run a Brain Awareness Week event: organisation tips, ideas and inspirations.

Document 2020 View/Download
Running a Brain Awareness Week event in 2022

Find the presentations from speakers with useful resources to run a Brain Awareness Week event in 2022: organisation tips, ideas and inspirations.

Document 2021 View/Download
Science & Society: Parkinson’s Disease

This video “Parkinson’s Disease” explores Parkinson’s disease, a complex, progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement.This educational video is part of the ‘Science & Society’ series developed by EBC in partnership with FENS.

Video 2020 Science & Society: Parkinson’s Disease
Seizing balance and success during your PhD experience (EJN article)

Highlights of the difficulties shared among all PhD students while discussing personalized strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with adversity (EJN article)

Website 2021 Open URL
Simarro, Luis – Spain

Biography of Simarro, Luis – Spain
Via IBRO

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Sobre el comportamento y signification de la oligodendroglia en la subtancia gris central, y de los gliocitos en los ganglios nerviosos perifericos – Fernando de Castro, 1946

Paper published by Fernando de Castro.

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Societies & Membership

As an umbrella organisation federating 44 European neuroscience societies with 20,000 members from 33 European countries, the core of FENS are the neuroscientists who make up its societies’ membership (online flyer)

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Start your lab

A webinar focusing on topics relevant for senior postdocs and newly appointed PIs who want to start their own lab. Organised by the FKNE and the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET) at FENS Forum 2018.

Video 2018

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Starting and mid-career PI hurdles

Organised by the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) and hosted by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET), the event focus on topics relevant for senior postdocs, newly appointed and mid-carrier PIs. The approached themes include: how to get a first PI position, selection of team members, application and management of funds, the mid-career gap, early and mid-career mobility, and coping with stress while balancing life with career.

Video 2020 PLAY VIDEO
Statement in support of animal research in Belgium and a transparent approach

A statement in support of animal research and a transparent approach in Belgium to mark World Day for Laboratory Animals (24 April).

Website 2016 Open URL
Statement of concern on the insufficient support for research and innovation and calling for rejection of new EU budget deal

A statement of concern about funding in brain research.

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Statement of concern on the targeting of scientists by animal rights activists

A statement of concern about the targeting of scientists by animal activities

Document 2019 View/Download
The Ascent: A Brief History of the Brain

A brief history of the brain, featuring a few of the major scientists and findings that have contributed to modern neuroscience.

Video The Ascent: A Brief History of the Brain
The Brain Debate “Which brains are we studying?”

Graphic recording of The Brain Debate at the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum. Graphic by Engage Visually with the support of the Dana Foundation

Image 2020 The Brain Debate “Which brains are we studying?”
The Cajal School in the Peripheral Nervous System: The Transcendent Contributions of Fernando de Castro on the Microscopic Structure of Sensory and Autonomic Motor Ganglia

Paper by Fernando de Castro.

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The Eduardo Pons Tortella neurological tissue bank

Online audio-visual display of pathological tissue samples and autopsied brains preserved in the Spanish Society of Neurology’s Museo Archivo Histórico.

Website 2016 Open URL
The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

FENS is the voice of European neuroscience, and aims to advance research and education in neuroscience.

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The FENS Forum of neuroscience at a glance

With a high-quality scientific programme, an ecosystem of networking events, the FENS Forum is FENS’ flagship event and Europe’s premier neuroscience event. Download the graphic to discover everything a Forum has to offer.
Graphic by Engage Visually.

Image 2020 The FENS Forum of neuroscience at a glance