Brain Sciences


Dr Tobias Hauser has been named a FENS-Kavli Scholar for 2021

21 April 2021

Dr Hauser (IoN) will join an active network of 30 scholars from 13 different countries who work together to improve neuroscience in Europe through scientific exchange, advocacy and outreach.

Tobias Hauser standing next to an MRI machine

The FENS-Kavli Network (FKNE) scholars are selected for two, two-year terms, after which they become members of the growing FKNE Alumni. In 2014, FENS and the Kavli Foundation announced the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence: a group of early career, independent neuroscience investigators based in Europe, and chosen for their scientific excellence, originality, and leadership.

FKNE scholars participate in several meetings per year that allow for a 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, public engagement, establishing conference childcare grants, and through the delivery of special prizes that are awarded during the FENS Forum for exceptional individuals.

These prizes are aimed to shine a light on senior investigators who have shown outstanding examples of mentorship, younger scientists who have delivered excellent PhD theses, and role models who have substantially delivered the advancement of diversity in neuroscience.

Dr Hauser is a Principal Investigator both at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging and at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research.

His research focuses on understanding why most mental health disorders emerge during adolescence and how aberrant brain development may contribute to the emergence of psychiatric disorders. Research in his Developmental Computational Psychiatry Group combines neuroimaging, computational modelling, and innovative crowdsourcing methods to address these questions.

On being announced as a FKNE Scholar Dr Hauser said: “I am deeply honoured for having been elected as a Scholar of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence. I am really excited to actively contribute and promote neuroscience research in Europe and to foster close collaborations between all European countries. Neuroscience research is critical for understanding and treating neurological and psychiatric disorders, and being a FKNE scholar allows me to raise awareness and promote the neuroscience of neuropsychiatric disorders.”

Professor Jean-Antoine Girault, President of FENS said: “The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence is running since 2014 thanks to the generous support of the Kavli Foundation and in collaboration with FENS. This group of exceptional junior and mid-career neuroscientists from across Europe plays a key role to shape the future of neuroscience as the voice of next-generation scientists. We are proud of what they accomplished. I am also glad that their vision includes not only the development of excellent science and basic research, the key to progress, but also concerns for the impact of the current crisis and the place of science in society. I congratulate the new scholars and I am convinced they will enthusiastically be at the front place in research, outreach and advocacy.”