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 and Baldersheim on Wednesday 18th March and gradually returning to work as of Monday 6th April, the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL) has decided to resume all its on-site activities starting Monday 4th May 2020.

Health and safety first

The health and safety of its employees and their families is the top priority for the Institute. Thanks to close collaboration with the Company Doctor and the constructive support of the employees’ representatives on the Works Health and Safety Committee, a health and safety protocol meeting the toughest French and German standards has been drawn up. Its gradual implementation over the last few weeks has proven its reliability.

Fully resuming experimental work – an absolute necessity

Our scientific teams have been busy over the last few weeks exchanging with their partners and clients, working on the findings of recent trials and preparing the next series of tests. However, the true assets of ISL’s innovation and expertise lie in the experimental activities and complex simulations which can only take place on site.

A spirit of responsibility and commitment

Whether on site or working from home - especially within the crisis team - we have all been determined to overcome adversity with enthusiasm, which is a hallmark of the keen spirit that motivates us at ISL,” emphasise Christian de Villemagne and Dr. Thomas Czirwitzky, Directors of ISL. “Acting responsibly together with the greatest vigilance, we are resolved to be of full service once more to our partners and our clients in the fields of defence and security.”

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Vivienne Gaskell
Head of Communications
French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL)
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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 in Europe in the domain of electromagnetic railguns. Initiated and lead by ISL, a consortium of several European partners (France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Belgium) has been formed named PILUM (Projectiles for Increased Long-range effects Using Electro-Magnetic railgun) and has applied successfully for a EDA-PADR (Preparatory Action on Defence Research) project. The result has been published by the European Defence Agency in April.

The EDA-PADR PILUM Project will cover a period of two years in order to show the feasibility to construct such an electromagnetic railgun for artillery applications which can reach standoff distances up to 200 km. A possible integration into ships and other military platforms shall also be investigated.  Experimental, simulation and modelling work will be part of the studies to proof the feasibility  for the use of theses railguns. These studies shall be the basis for the definite construction of a Demonstrator within a 8 years term.

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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 the St. Petrus Hospital in Bonn. He had been transferred to Bonn from the Mulhouse hospital after having suffered an respiratory insufficiency due to Covid-19.

Jean-Marie Zoelle has always accompanied and supported our research institute as a brand of his town. He has been a keen defender of the European cooperation and the strong French-German collaboration. We will always remember him and we address our most sincere condolences to his family.

Thomas Czirwitzky            Christian de Villemagne