Connecting European Neuroscience


FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 44 neuroscience member societies across 33 European countries, FENS as an organisation represents 20,000 European neuroscientists with a mission to advance European neuroscience education and research.  

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FENS meetings and events offer a wide range of learning- networking- and professional development opportunities. Learn about current topics in your field of interest, network with top figures in neuroscience, meet with your European peers whether from basic, translational or clinical neuroscience research, and share best practices with colleagues from around the world.

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Higher Education and Training

FENS actively supports graduate education and postgraduate training in neuroscience in Europe through a variety of initiatives. A new training framework launched in 2014 proposes appealing activities for students, post-docs and early career neuroscientists. Looking ahead and supporting the next generation is a key priority for FENS.

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FENS Outreach and Advocacy

FENS, also in collaboration with its global partners (DANA, EBC, IBRO and SfN), aims to increase public awareness about the benefits of brain research. In addition, FENS is committed to providing solid advice to policy makers and stakeholders on the importance of continuous support for brain research in order to solve the burden of brain-related diseases in Europe.

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European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN)

Excellent science is communicated through EJN, the official scientific journal of FENS. It publishes papers on a broad range of topics, aiming to advance our understanding of the nervous system in health and disease.


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Federating numerous pan-European single discipline societies and all national neuroscience societies from across more than 30 European countries, FENS represents European neuroscience from basic to clinical research.

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The ALBA Network is recruiting a Grants and Outreach Manager

The ALBA Network is looking for a Grants & Outreach Manager to expand the ALBA office. This position is a unique opportunity to contribute and make brain research more diverse and inclusive.

January 27, 2021 in FENS News


The call for the 2021-2025 cohort of the FKNE is closing soon

A unique opportunity for early career researchers to shape the future of neuroscience and get involved in supporting the neuroscience community with science policy, mentoring and community actions as well as outreach initiatives. Application deadline: 30 January 2021

January 26, 2021 in FENS News


EJN: new Virtual and Special Issues now available

Two new issues available in free access: Special Issue on "Depression" and Virtual Issue presenting the top downloaded papers for 2019 and 2020.

January 21, 2021 in FENS News


Programme Committee of the FENS Forum 2022 announced

We are delighted to announce the composition of the FENS Forum 2022 Programme Committee! Find out who will be preparing the scientific programme of the next edition of the Forum, which will take place on 9-13 July 2022, in Paris (France).

January 20, 2021 in FENS News


FENS administration update

Read here an update of the FENS administration (January 2021).

January 20, 2021 in FENS News


NENS Education and Training call for clusters: four proposals selected

Four NENS Clusters have been selected has part of the first call for Education and Training Clusters, launched in Autumn 2020.

January 19, 2021 in FENS News


ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize 2021: call for nominations now open

The call for nominations for the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Award 2021 is now open! Send your nominations by 8 March 2021.

January 18, 2021 in FENS News


Brain Awareness Week 2021: apply for a grant

Are you planning a Brain Awareness Week 2021 event? Support is available! New deadline to apply: 18 January, noon CET

January 14, 2021 in FENS News


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FENS President End of year Message

"Dear colleagues, dear friends,

As we approach the end of a quite unprecedented year, I would like to begin by sharing my heartfelt hopes with all of you for 2021. 

The current period is also an opportunity for FENS to prepare its strategic plan for 2022-2030. We have launched an internal review process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of its functioning and are very much looking forward to receiving the advice of our member societies so as to better understand their vision of FENS for the future. In this context, we would also be happy to get feedback and suggestions from all neuroscientists who are welcome to express their opinions and thoughts to FENS directly. The participation of early-career neuroscientists, students or post-docs, is strongly encouraged. FENS will launch a call for input in 2021.

The end of the year is a time of warm feelings and joy with family and friends. Our large family is that of neuroscience and I am confident that, in many different ways, with lots of ideas and creativity, we will all be able to celebrate the end of 2020. We will look back on 2020 and realise how much we have learnt from this special year. One way to do so in science is to increase interactions, exchanges and collaborations: I invite you to take part in your upcoming society meetings, FRM and the Forum and help us demonstrate that, as a borderless community, we do better.

I wish you and your loved ones all the well-deserved joys of the season and true happiness for the coming year."

Jean-Antoine Girault
FENS President 2020-2022

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COVID-19 update

Following the COVID-19 advice of the Belgian government, the FENS team is working from home until further notice.
To contact us, please send us an email as we may not always be reachable through the office phone.

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Online neuroscience resources

FENS is compiling a list of online resources intended to help the neuroscience community cope with the current situation. Have a look at this list and share your contributions!

View the resources here