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
Animal experimentation and the search for alternatives

The “Three Rs” continue to shape scientific research across the EU and beyond. In this context, the search for alternatives to animal models increasingly influences the development of research projects. At the same time, the importance of employing the correct model remains key to the reliability and utility of any results.
This event was organised by the CARE Committee at the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum.

Video 2020 Animal experimentation and the search for alternatives
Brain science mapping the landscape of brain and neuroscience research

A report mapping the brain science landscape of brain and neuroscience research

Document 2014 View/Download
CARE brochure

Brochure presenting the Committee on Animal Research (CARE) and its activities.

Document 2019 View/Download
CARE’s goals

Learn more about the mission of the Committee on Animal Research (CARE).

Document 2018 View/Download
Consensus Document on European Brain Research

A consensus document about psychiatric and neurological diseases representing a considerable social and eco0mic burden in Europe. Written by Monica Di Luca, Mary Baker, Renato Corradetti, Helmut Kettenmann, Julien Mendlewicz, Jes Olesen, Ian Ragan and Manfred Westphal.

Document 2011 View/Download
Consensus Statement on European Brain Research: The need to expand Brain Research in Europe

A consensus Statement on European Brain Research: The need to expand Brain Research in Europe

Document 2015 View/Download
Cost of Disorders of the Brain in Europe

Report on the cost of disorders of the brain in Europe

Document 2010 View/Download
Dealing with gender-bias in neuroscience: CHET-FKNE special event at the FENS Forum 2018

This FENS Forum 2018 event discussed current situation of women and men in science, including gender statistics related to research funding, ways of combining career progress with family and parenting, and ongoing initiatives to support women and men in science. Event organised by the FKNE and the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET).

Video 2018 Dealing with gender-bias in neuroscience: CHET-FKNE special event at the FENS Forum 2018
FENS opinion on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015

An opinion from FENS on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research)

Document 2015 View/Download
FENS position on Directive 2010/63/EU on the use of animals in scientific research

FENS position on Directive 2010/63/EU on the use of animals in scientific research (2014)

Document 2014 View/Download
FENS statement in support of Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

FENS statement supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (2015)

Document 2015 View/Download
FENS statement on the decision of Nikos Logothetis to quit primate research

A message from the FENS President following the decision of Nikos Logothetis, then director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, Germany, to stop his research on primates after having been targeted by animal activists.

Document 2015 View/Download
FENS-SfN joint position paper on the importance of non-human primates in biomedical research

FENS and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) strongly advocate for the responsible use of animals in biomedical research. Their position is explained in this 2014 joint paper.

Document 2014 View/Download
FENS-SfN-JNS joint statement on the use of animals in research

FENS, the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) strongly advocate for the responsible use of animals in biological and biomedical research. (2014)

Document 2014 View/Download
Global statement on the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research

Global statement on the use of animals in Biomedical Research (2014)

Website 2014 Open URL
Improving Openness in Animal Research in Germany – video of EARA event in Berlin

As part of an effort to provide scientists with strategies to openly communicate about animal research with the wider public, the European Animal Research Association, a communications and advocacy organisation promoting biomedical research across Europe, hosted a workshop series, supported by FENS and SfN, on Improving Openness in Animal Research in Germany.

Video 2018 Improving Openness in Animal Research in Germany – video of EARA event in Berlin
Joint statement in support of Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

Joint statement supporting the European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (2015)

Document 2015 View/Download
Joint statement on the use of animals for research in neuroscience

Statement regarding the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals’ Meetings of 13 September 2018 on the use of animals in neuroscience research.

Document 2018 View/Download
Letter to the Guardian on the importance of primate research

A letter on the importance of animal research in neuroscience (2016)

Website 2016 Open URL
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
Outreach & Advocacy

FENS aims to increase public awareness about the benefits of brain research.

Document 2021 View/Download
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.

Document 2020 View/Download
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 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

Document 2013 View/Download
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 2020 View/Download
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.

Video 2020 The wonder that is our brain: how and why we study it
Why it’s important to be open about animal research in Portugal – video of EARA event in Lisbon

This event, focused on Improving Openness in Animal Research in Portugal, highlighted the importance of the Portuguese Transparency Agreement and the need to be proactive in giving the public information on the use of animals in research. The event was part of a series supported by FENS and SfN.

Video 2020 Open URL