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
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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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 – flyer

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
The future of neuroscience

How can we improve the way we do neuroscience? A participative graphic by Engage Visually with ideas expressed during the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum, with suggestions from the neuroscience community.

Image 2020 The future of neuroscience
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to a Neuroscience Career

Neuroscience is an exciting and vibrant field, but building an academic career is not always easy. What are critical success indicators? Which tools help talented young neuroscientists conquer the challenges? In this NeuroView, we discuss instruments and steps that can help people progress through the ranks.

Website 2015 Open URL
The human brain: A philosophical and scientific perspective – Corpus Curiosum (Series IV)

Talk by Dr Javier de Felipe, Polytechnic University of Madrid

The appearance, expansion and differentiation of a highly complex multi-laminated cortex, the “neocortex” is a fundamental event during the evolution of the mammalian telencephalon. This cortical region is the most human part of the nervous system because it is the brain structure whose activity is directly related to the emergence of those capacities that distinguish humans from other mammals. Thanks to the neocortex we can perform such extraordinary and highly complex tasks as writing a book, composing a symphony or inventing the computer. Yet, what is special about the human cerebral cortex is a longstanding question in neuroscience. Fortunately, at present, there are methods that allow us to examine human brain organization and function at a level of detail similar to or even greater than that we can obtain with animal models. In this talk, I will emphasise how the application of these methods has shown that the human cerebral cortex displays clear species-specific variations in cortical microstructure and that it is likely that as more detailed studies are carried out on human cortical circuits, we will discover many more differences at the genetic, molecular, structural, and physiological levels between humans and other species. Thus, not only does the increase in size, and therefore in complexity, of our brains seem to be responsible for our higher or more abstract mental abilities but also, the specialization of our cortical circuits appears to be critical.

Video 2022 The human brain: A philosophical and scientific perspective – Corpus Curiosum (Series IV)
The neuroscientific works of Sigmund Freud

Video documentary on the history of Freud’s neuroscientific works.

Video 2016 The neuroscientific works of Sigmund Freud
The Power of Networks

A webinar about the broad landscape of European neuroscience networks. Organised by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET), hosted on Neuronline.

Video 2019 Open URL
The Prospects of Brain Research within Horizon 2020: Responding efficiently to Europe’s societal needs

A report on the prospects of Brain Research within Horizon 2020: Responding efficiently to Europe’s societal needs

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The rise and fall of phrenology in Scotland

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

Website 2011 Open URL
The road to independence: how to get funding in neuroscience (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
The Tale of Two Intelligence Fields: AI and Neuroscience

Dr Chorghay reported on this year’s Brain Debate on “Building and understanding brains: How can AI research inform neuroscience?”. She analyses the main discussions on how new work in AI research can guide our understanding of biological brains, across levels of description, from cells to systems, and then on to behaviour.

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The value of animal use in neuroscience from the FENS Committee on Animals in Research (CARE)

Examples of the value of animal use in neuroscience from the FENS Committee on Animals in Research (CARE)

Document 2016 View/Download
The Vincenzo Neri Medical Film and Photographic Collection

Presentation of film, photos and other archival material on Vincenzo Neri curated by the Neri Group.

Video 2014 The Vincenzo Neri Medical Film and Photographic Collection
The vision of Alfred Yarbus

Online biography of Alfred Lukya0vich Yarbus (1914-1986).

Website 2016 Open URL
The wonder that is our brain: how and why we study it

Sensing, feeling, moving, smelling, remembering… The brain controls every aspect of our body. It is the most complex organ, and works like billions of tiny computers at lightning speed.
But how can we study such a complex organ? This educational video aims at explaining how and why we study the brain to younger audiences.
This video has been developed by FENS-CARE, the Committee on Animal Research.

Video 2020 The wonder that is our brain: how and why we study it
Thoenen, Hans – Switzerland

Biography of Thoenen, Hans – Switzerland
Via SfN

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Thomas Willis (1621 – 1675) 400th Birthday – Alastair Buchan in conversation with Zoltán Molnár

Professor Zoltán Molnár talks to Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Alastair Buchan to learn more about Thomas Willis’s residence and base for scientific discoveries, Beam Hall.

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Thomas Willis (1621 – 1675) 400th Birthday – Alastair Compston in conversation with Zoltán Molnár: An insight into the writings of Willis

Professor Zoltán Molnár talks to Professor Emeritus of Neurology Alastair Compston FRS about the deeply influential texts written by the Founder of Neurology Thomas Willis four centuries ago.

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Thomas Willis (1621 – 1675) 400th Birthday – Chrystalina Antoniades in conversation with Zoltán Molnár: The Circle of Willis

Professor Zoltán Molnár talks to Associate Professor Chrystalina Antoniades for an in-depth look at the Circle of Willis, the name given to the arterial ring at the base of the brain, in recognition of the man renowned for its original description.

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Thomas Willis (1621 – 1675) 400th Birthday – Kevin Talbot in conversation with Zoltán Molnár: Exploring the medical cases of Thomas Willis

Professor Zoltán Molnár talks to Professor Kevin Talbot about Willis’s insights into the patients he encountered and his descriptions of their symptoms that could arguably be used for teaching today.

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Thomas Willis (1621 – 1675) 400th Birthday – Miloš Judaš in conversation with Zoltán Molnár: What we learn from translating the works of Willis

Professor Zoltán Molnár talks to Professor Miloš Judaš for a unique comparison of Thomas Willis’s profound discoveries and medical terminology in his original Latin tongue and the first English translations.

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Thomas Willis (1621 – 1675) 400th Birthday – Petra Hofmann in conversation with Zoltán Molnár: The Willis Legacy in St John’s College Library

Professor Zoltán Molnár and St John’s College Librarian Dr Petra Hofmann explore the extraordinary collection of Thomas Willis’s books and rare letters held by the library 400 years after his birth.

Video Open URL
Through The Eyepiece: The Life and Works of Eduardo P. De Robertis

This project is a collection of documents, film material, photographs and written information regarding the life and works of the prominent Argentinian scientist Eduardo Patricio de Robertis.

Website 2019 Open URL
Timelines in Neuroscience and Neurology

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

Website 2012 Open URL
Tips for Young Scientists on the Junior Faculty/Independent Investigator Job Search

Article published in Neuron

Website 2017 Open URL
Toward Novel Therapies in Psychiatry: Zooming into Brain-Periphery, Dysfunction, and Crosstalk

Malfunctioning of neuronal circuits and peripheral systems (e.g metabolism, immune or microbiota) underlie aspects of psychiatric disorders. One of the major challenges in neuroscience is understanding the mechanisms and temporal dynamics of such changes within discrete neuronal connections, or within precise peripheral players. Such understanding can reveal new therapeutic strategies and refine existing ones.

Webinar organised by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET), hosted on Neuronline.

Video 2020

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Towards the sensory nature of the carotid body: Hering, De Castro and Heymans

Paper by Fernando de Castro.

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Tracing the origins of modern neuroscience in ancient Greece

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

Website 2018 Open URL
Translation into English of the Club Histoire de Neurosciences (CHN) website

English version of the Club Histoire de Neurosciences (CHN) website on the history of French Neuroscience.

Website 2011 Open URL