Diploma Conferences


Each year, conferences are offered to the students of the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay in the large amphitheatre.
They offer an opening to societal, teaching and research issues.
They are part of the common base of scientific knowledge and can be validated as an activity for the ENS Paris-Saclay diploma.

The conferences of the 2022/2023 cycle are organized around 3 themes

Pedagogy and didactics

Learning to learn, learning to transmit, learning to see

Evidence-based education

October 20th, 2022

With Franck RAMUS, CNRS Research Director at the Laboratory of Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics
Moderator: Alain Finkel

Do we teach all sciences in the same way? Didactic insights.

December 6th, 2022

With Aude CAUSSARIEU, tutor
Moderator: Jonathan Piard

The great sharing of the enchantment

Date to be defined

With Estelle ZONG MENGUAL, art historian and holder of the chair "Habiter le paysage" at the Beaux-Arts de Paris.
Moderator: Ulysse Baratin

The climate: crossed views on contemporary climate issues

   Crédits photo : Andrea Spallanzani de Pixabay.

Critical zone / planetarity

October 11th, 2022

With Bruno LATOUR, professor emeritus of sociology at the Medialab of Sciences Po Paris and Frédérique AÏT-TOUATI, CNRS researcher at the EHESS.
Moderator: Ulysse Baratin

Antarctica 2.0°C, a Normalian commitment

November 10th, 2022

With Baptiste ARNAUD and Niels DUTRIEVOZ, students of ENS Paris-Saclay in microbiology and climate physics
Moderator: Caroline De Sa

Le financement de la transition climatique

9 février 2023

With Benoit LEGUET, member of the High Council for the Climate and Director General of the Institute of Economics for the Climate.
Moderator: Olivier Bos

Culture en héritage : faire parler le patrimoine dans sa diversité

   Crédits photo : falco (Pixabay).

The heritage of "minor archives"

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

With Philippe ARTIÈRES, Director of Research at the CNRS in history at the EHESS
Moderator: Loïc Bertrand

The materiality of memory sites

Date to be defined

With Emmanuel KREIKE, Professor of History at Princeton University and Jean d'Alembert Chair in Heritage, Cultures and Knowledge at the IEA
Moderator: Baptiste Coulmont

Faire parler les murs : la restitution de la villa Diomède à Pompei

February 1st, 2023

With Hélène DESSALES, lecturer in archaeology at the ENS Paris
Moderator: Loïc Bertrand


Practical information

Find our answers to the main questions concerning the course, registration, hybrid mode, validation for the diploma...

The lectures are scheduled from September to April. They take place, preferably, on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and will be, except in exceptional cases, in person, in the main auditorium of the School.
All the conferences are detailed in the agenda of the website. You will also receive a reminder email for registration 2 weeks before the date.


The conference lasts 1h30 and is divided into a presentation time (from 45 minutes to 1h) and an exchange time during which you can ask questions on the day of the conferences.

The registration is mandatory with your email address "@ens-paris-saclay.fr".
If you use another email, you will not be able to validate the conference for your diploma.

Duration of the conferences: 45 minutes of conference + 45 minutes of exchanges is 1h30.

Unless otherwise stated, all 2022/2023 conferences are scheduled in person, in the large amphitheater of the School.

Registration is mandatory with your email address "@ens-paris-saclay.fr".
If you use another email, you will not be able to validate the conference for your diploma.

The Management validates your presence and your conference on the ADN application.

The assessment is done every year: you can consult your activities of the ENS Paris-Saclay diploma on the ADN application..

The number of conferences varies according to the number of years spent at ENS Paris-Saclay.

  • FOR THE NORMALIENS ENTERING IN THE 1st YEAR: 8 conferences during your 4 years of enrollment in the diploma
    We strongly advise you to attend at least 4 conferences from your 1st year

The assessment is done at the end of the year: you can consult your ENS Paris-Saclay degree activities on the ADN application.