About Us

The MNS is created to support and help strengthen all initiatives that bring together mediterranean neuroscientists.

The last Mediterranean Conference of Neuroscience was organized in June 2015 in Pula (Italy), four previous successful editions (Montpellier 1997, Marrakech 2006, Alexandria 2009, Istanbul 2012).

These conferences gathered scientists from all mediterranean countries and offered a rich program with lectures, symposia poster sessions and social events.

These meetings have proved to be highly beneficial, not only for the scientific exchanges, but also in terms of training opportunities for students and young researchers.

Research on brain function in health and disease is among the priorities for today’s societies, and several indicators put the mediterranean research area among strategic issues for the European Union (EU).

Many South-North collaborations and networks have emerged in recent years through bilateral and multi-lateral actions, supported by the EU or by international and national actions, whether for setting up teaching curricula (Tempus programs), or by building human potential (FP7 programs).

Objectives of the MNS

The MNS works towards three main objectives:

  • Strengthen exchanges between mediterranean neuroscientists
  • Promote education in the neurosciences and increase public awareness of progress made
  • Sustain the Mediterranean Neuroscience Conference

To reach these objectives, the MNS’s policy is to work in close cooperation with existing national and international Neuroscience Societies.



According to the MNS bylaws, the MNS members will have to elect 5 members of the MNS Council during the next General Assembly in Malta, on Tuesday, June 13, at 8PM, in the Radisson Blu Saint Julian’s hotel.

All neuroscientists who have an interest in the development of research and education in the Euro-Mediterranean region are welcome to apply.

Applications must be done by using the Candidacy Form (available online) and sent back to the MNS general secretary, Youssef Anouar (youssef.anouar@univ-rouen.fr) before June 12.



During the General Assembly the next MNS vice-President for the next term (2017-2019) will be elected.

The new vice-President will be the President of the MNS, after Liana Fattore, for 2019-2021 term.

All MNS members who are interested in this position must send an expression of interest to the MNS general secretary, Youssef Anouar (youssef.anouar@univ-rouen.fr) before June 12, with their short resume (posts, honours and awards, general administration and organizational experience, research interest, publications) and a brief statement of their motivation.

EMN-Online, Euro-Mediterranean Master of Neuroscience-online

EMN-Online is a Euro-Mediterranean master’s degree in Neuroscience and Biotechnology (https://emn-online.org/). The proposed curriculum is based on the courses offered by 11 partner universities, 5 in Europe (Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Turin and Valencia), and 6 in the South-Mediterranean area (Alexandria and Senghor in Egypt, Saint-Joseph and Saint Esprit de Kaslik in Lebanon, Tetuan and Marrakech in Morocco). The Neurex association (upper-Rheine neuroscience network), the Landau network “A. Volta”, and the French-Moroccan Neuroscience “Groupement de Recherche International” (GDRI) are associated partners also involved in the project. The ISIS master’s degree was created as part of a TEMPUS IV project (ISIS, 1,3 M€, 2010-2014) funded by the European Commission and coordinated by Bordeaux University.

This master’s degree aims are three fold. (i) It will provide students with access to the techniques and concepts of modern biology through courses in Neuroscience. (ii) It will contribute to the standardization of teaching in Neuroscience and Biotechnology throughout the Euro-Mediterranean space, thus facilitating the acquisition of homogenous high level competences, knowledge and know-how by the students. (iii) Finally, this joined program aims at fostering exchanges and cooperation between the two sides of the Mediterranean area. Together with other Euro-Mediterranean projects (N€uromed, NEUreN), this partnership allows organizing powerful Neuroscience networks that result in mutual benefits for all students and staff from Euro-Mediterranean Universities.

Join Us!

To join MNS download the membership form by clicking the button below, fill it and submit it to youssef.anouar@univ-rouen.fr.

The annual fees are shown on the right column.

Annual membership fees:

  • Regular Member: 40
  • Student Member: 15
  • Sponsor Member: ≥ 100
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