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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By implementing a strict health and safety protocol, ISL has been able to resume all its on-site research activities as of Monday 4th May 2020 After closing its sites in Saint-Louis...

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EDA launches studies for Electromagnetic Railguns

  Electromagnetic railguns are launchers using very high electrical energy by using the Lorentz force to obtain significantly higher initial velocities than those of chemical guns. ISL is the leading Research institute...

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Death of Jean-Marie Zoellé, the mayor of Saint-Louis

Saint Louis, April 6, 2020 Dear colleagues and clients The City of Saint-Louis has informed us that the mayor of the City of Saint-Louis, Jean-Marie Zoellé, died on Monday April 4 at...

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NS3E : Nanomatériaux pour les
Systèmes Sous Sollicitation
Extrême (UMR 3208)

A joint initiative of

Ministere des armées  DGA - Frankreich Bundesministerium der Verteidigung