Leading-edge research in defence and security in the heart of Europe

Laser and electromagnetic technologies

Energetic and advanced protective materials

Protection technologies, security, situational awareness

Flight techniques for projectiles

The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL) is a bi-national research institute established by the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the basis of a treaty signed in 1958. The core mission of ISL is: "Research, scientific studies and basic predevelopment in the field of defence and security".

ISL has reinforced its activities on issues of civil security and countermeasures against terrorism encountered both at home and during overseas military operations.


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ISL participates in the Bundeswehr Day

The ISL was represented at the Bundeswehr Day in Mannheim with an exhibition stand displaying the latest scientific results of ISL. Mannheim is one of the most important regions in...

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Come and meet us at Eurosatory, Hall 5a , booth J 387

On the common initiative of the French and German Ministery of Defence and for 60 years now, ISL, the French-German Research Institute for Defence of Saint-Louis, is preparing the future...

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Frank Carver Bursary

Cédric MARTIN has received the Frank CARVER award from the International Pyrotechnics Society for his research work on the properties of detonating hybrid composites. Cédric MARTIN is a Post-doc scientist...

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Member of "Institut Carnot MICA"

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A joint initiative of

Ministere des armées  DGA - Frankreich Bundesministerium der Verteidigung