Federation of the European Neuroscience Societies

Federation of the European Neuroscience Societies

The Federation of the European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1998 to represent European neuroscience societies. FENS currently represents 42 different neuroscience societies from 32 European countries.

To find out more about FENS.


The FENS mission is to:

Promote interaction and coordination between its member societies and to develop neuroscience research in their respective countries and disciplines. 

Facilitate the dissemination of scientific information by publications in journals and through other communication channels.

Support education and training of young neuroscience researchers by provision of information, set-up of schools and training programmes and provision of grants to young scientists.

Promote understanding and development in neuroscience among the general public and to advise decision-makers on the results and the implications of neuroscience research. 
 FENS Articles of Association, Article 2


FENS activities and offers: 

FENS organises and supports a number of meetings and training courses including the biennial FENS Forum (every even year) and FENS Featured Regional Meeting (every odd year), the FENS-IBRO European Neuroscience Schools, Network of European Neuroscience Schools, and Brain Awareness Week.

Furthermore, FENS provides:

In addition to the above, FENS has a number of outreach programmes including CARE:Committee on Animals in Research, and Global Advocacy Programme.  



The 3rd Precision Neuroscience Conference will be held in Roanoke, Virginia, from May 25-27. 

This conference features outstanding keynote speakers and 28 leading researches in mental health, neurodevelopment, brain cancer, aging, neurodegeneration, and injury. Poster submissions are currently being accepted. The conference is organized by basic, translational, and clinical neuroscientists from Nordic countries and Virginia.

 Conference website for program, registration and acoomodation.



Extended early registration, abstract submission and travel grants!

You have an extra week to register early, submit your abstract and apply for a FENS/IBRO-PERC travel grant. The deadline has been extended until 1 March 2022, allowing you more time to enjoy early rates! Don't forget to check the FENS Regional Social Media travel grant open until 3 March and the Young Investigator Training Programme (YITP) that close on 1 March


CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme

The CAJAL advanced neuroscience courses are project-based and combine lectures by renowned scientists with experimental sessions on state-of-the-art techniques. One onsite course is open for applications. Stipends are also available. 

Interacting with neural circuits
19 June - 9 July 2022 - Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
Application deadline:  
24 January 2022, 23:59 CET

The ALBA Network

What it takes to succeed as a neuroscientist in Africa
2 February 2022, 2-3:30 pm CET & WAST / 3-4:30 pm SAST / 8-9:30 am EST 

In this webinar, the ALBA Network & World Women in Neuroscience


Developmental Neurobiology course
31 January-11 February 2022, Cajal Institute, Madrid, Spain
Application deadline:
22 January 2022

Special rates for FENS members for NEURO2022 

FENS members benefit! 
30 June – 03 July 2022, Okinawa, Japan 
Early registration deadline:
24 February 2022 
Late registration deadline:
30 March 2022 


Call for Education and Training Clusters 2022

Registration is now open! 
Application deadline:
31 March 2022 

FENS Friday webinar 

Discover the most recent findings on epilepsy
28 January 2022, 13:00-14:00 CET
Registration deadline:
27 January 2022

The Brain Conference 

Genetics and mechanisms of complex disorders: highlighting migraine
26 – 29 June 2022, Rungstedgaard, Denmark 
Early registration deadline:
10 March 2022


Brain Awareness Week

Last chance to apply for Brain Awareness Week 2022 grants
14-20 March 2022
Extended application deadline:
26 January 2022

The 2021 Nordic Neuroscience Meeting postponed to 2023

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 Nordic Neuroscience Meeting has been postponed and will be held in Denmark in 2023

NNS is a proud signatory of the #ALBADeclaration on Equity and Inclusion.

The Declaration represents our commitment to make science more inclusive. Sign the Declaration at www.alba.network/declaration 



Open letter on the Future of Research in Europe made a difference

Thanks to all supporters of the open letter on #futureofresearch. 27th November 2019, the Von der Leyen commision revealed the definitive title for commisioner Mariya Gabriel, which now explicitly mentions research, education and culture. For more information visit https://www.futureofresearch.eu/


Launch of the ALBA Network


Recently founded by a group of international leading scientists, the ALBA Network aims to promote equality and diversity in brain sciences. Professor Carmen Sandi, FENS President and Chair of the ALBA Steering Committee, would like to encourage all brain scientists to join the Network. For more information, please visit the ALBA Network website: www.alba.network

Available positions


Available jobs within neuroscience are posted at Jobbnorge.no