EMN-Online awarded the NENS label

In October 2020, the Neuroscience Master program, EMN-Online, was awarded the NENS (Network of European Neuroscience Schools) label, thus highlighting the exceptional quality and international profile of this online program.

  • 14/12/2020

What does this label represent and what additional opportunities does it bring to EMN-Online?

The NENS label raises the visibility of its labelled programs, and builds on the previous existing association(s) with the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). Such strong links represent networking opportunities for EMN-Online as a program, and possibilities of (funded) exchange visits to other NENS listed programs/schools for EMN-Online students.

As a Master's program registered with NENS, EMN-Online benefits from the exchange of best practices, regular information updates, eligibility for funding applications, and of course, greater visibility. For students who are part of NENS labelled MSc programs, they may:

  • join and gain experience from exchange visits in the laboratory of another NENS program through the NENS Exchange Grant initiative; (up to 3000€ for 1 to 3 months mobility; next application deadline 15/04/2021)
  • become part of NENS Alumni students: aiming to encourage and coagulate a network among alumni students, the NENS Alumni page lists students’ publications in association with the awarded NENS exchange grants, as well as their final reports following their awarded training stays;
  • participate in the Best NENS Poster Awards competition: 10 NENS students benefit from waived registration at the Forum, and are invited to present their posters during the NENS Graduate School Fair at the FENS Forum.

The EMN-Online consortium is proud to receive this label, seen as a recognition for its continuous efforts to foster high quality teaching, promotion of science, as well as international openings and collaborations.

Prof. Marc Landry —

What exactly is NENS?

Founded in 2003, NENS represents over 190 graduate schools and programs across approximately 30 European countries that offer MSc, PhD and MD-PhD degrees in neuroscience. It possesses the most comprehensive online source of information on neuroscience graduate education, schools and programs in Europe, as displayed by the NENS Program Directory.

NENS is part of FENS, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies which is the main organization for neuroscience in Europe, currently representing 44 European national and single discipline neuroscience societies with more than 20,000 member scientists from 33 European countries. FENS promotes neuroscience research to policy-makers, funding bodies and the general public, both regionally and internationally. As a result, FENS contributes to excellence in neuroscience research and facilitates the exchange and networking between neuroscientists within the European Research Area and beyond.

At the University of Bordeaux, all branches of the Master in Neuroscience (Neurasmus, the national Master program including NeuroBIM, Bordeaux Neurocampus Graduate Program) benefit from the NENS label, thus fulfilling a number of eligibility criteria.


EMN-Online is a 2 year Master program in Neurosciences and Biotechnology, delivered entirely online to 70 students from the various consortium universities in France, Spain, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Poland and Tunisia. The program boasts an international curriculum, with identical courses and evaluation offered by each of the 14 partners from Europe and the South Mediterranean area. Opportunities for taking part in laboratory-based internships are also provided. Students also benefit from innovative and interactive e-learning methods and online tools, e.g. an online teaching platform, a virtual classroom and possibility of virtual discussion and meetings, as well as webinars and animated scientific aids.

For more information, please consult the dedicated website.