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The ENS de Lyon is a member of a group of top-flight schools based in Lyon, the Collège des Hautes Etudes – Lyon Science[s] (CHEL[s]).

Based on successful cooperation in research and teaching programs in the last decade, l’Ecole Centrale de Lyon, le Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, l’Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, Sciences Po Lyon and VetAgro Sup created the CHEL[s] in January 2013.
The consortium avails students, faculty and staff with the ability to implement crossdisciplinary projects at the intersection of engineering, hard sciences, agricultural and veterinary sciences, government and public affairs, performing arts and humanities.
A project-based initiative, CHEL[s] aims at fostering dialogue across disciplines, fields and institutions within the Université de Lyon and at encouraging innovation to build expertise in complex fields.

Developing and promoting new programs sharpening skills which today’s decision makers need in a much more complex working environment


Teaching & Research

Joint course offer
Students in any of the five schools are encouraged to take classes with partner schools in the CHEL[s] to complement their curriculum, enhance their specialization or broaden their skills.

Common course and a MOOC
Each year, a group of professors from the five schools builds a common course and a MOOC on a multidisciplinary topic ("Decision, Complexity, Risk", "Progress" ...).

A strong link between teaching and research : junior labs
CHEL[s] supports and funds the creation of junior labs. They are temporary, project-based research structures operated by students from at least two of the five partner schools. They develop the CHEL[s] philosophy of encouraging dialogue across disciplines, fields, methodologies and approaches.


The five schools have been working together at making their international networks accessible to students and faculty from their partners in CHEL[s] by coordinating their visiting professors schemes, making their classes open to all international students in CHEL[s] schools, and developing joint events such as conferences with their international partners.

Student life

Students from the five partner schools organize sports events such as mountain hikes or ski trips.
Festivals, concerts, fairs are also being planned in order to foster a sense of community across the five schools.



ENS de Lyon
Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Sciences Po Lyon
VetAgro Sup
The National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon (CNSMD)


CHEL[s] Brochure

ENS de Lyon
15 parvis René Descartes - BP 7000
69342 Lyon Cedex 07 - FRANCE
Descartes Campus : +33 (0) 4 37 37 60 00
Monod Campus : +33 (0) 4 72 72 80 00

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