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Susanne Schreiber and Jakob Macke elected as FENS-KAVLI Scholars

A new group of 15 FENS-Kavli Scholars representing 12 different European countries have been selected and announced at the FENS Forum in Berlin.

Susanne Schreiber (Humboldt University Berlin) and Jakob Macke (Technical University of Munich), both active members of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience, are representing Germany in the four years to come. Susanne Schreiber is happy that through the election of several scholars active in “computational neuroscience, this ‘branch’ is gaining visibility within the FENS network of neuroscience. I am looking forward to the interactions within the network and to supporting neuroscience in Europe.”

In 2014, FENS and the KAVLI Foundation announced the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence: a group of young independent European neuroscience investigators, chosen for their scientific excellence, originality, and leadership. FKNE Scholars participate in several meetings per year that allow for lively discussion of a range of topics across neuroscience as well as challenges and opportunities for European neuroscientists. They then put their ideas into action, for example through opinion articles and white-paper recommendations to European stakeholders on funding schemes and other key issues, establishing childcare grants and mentoring as well as PhD thesis prizes that are awarded during the FENS Forum, and outreach activities with the general public about brain research.

“The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence has been running since 2014 thanks to the generous support of the Kavli Foundation and in collaboration with FENS. After a 4-year term, the first group of 2014 FENS-Kavli Scholars will become alumni in September 2018. At the 20th FENS Forum in Berlin in July 2018, a new group of 15 remarkable Scholars were elected from a highly impressive pool of over 90 excellent candidates to join efforts in shaping the future of neuroscience in Europe. I am convinced that this renewed group of Scholars will continue sharing their passion for science and thriving in the development of their multiple and creative actions on scientific, outreach and advocacy fronts,” says Professor Carmen Sandi, President-Elect of FENS.

The new Scholars were announced by Barry Everitt during his welcome to the FENS Forum in Berlin and further introduced during a ceremony on 9 July as part of the FENS Forum 2018 in Berlin. The names and profiles of all Scholars are available on the FENS-Kavli Scholars webpage at

Text: Bernstein Network/ FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence

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Prof. Dr. Susanne Schreiber,

Prof. Dr. Jakob Macke,