One of the DEC's missions is to make the general public aware of scientific culture. To allow everyone to discover the world of science and more particularly the cognitive science.


The DEC regularly participates in events for the general public such as the Semaine du Cerveau, the Fête de la Science, the Forum des Sciences Cognitives and Les Nuits de l'ENS-PSL.


So many opportunities for the DEC to open its doors and invite the public to discover its laboratories, to meet those who make science, to attend conferences, to participate in mini courses, workshops, experiments.

Find the video and audio recordings of these events on the DEC YouTube channel, the website and the ENS YouTube channel.


DEC members regularly go to schools to share their knowledge. This is notably the case through the actions led by the association Cerveau en Seine, which aims to introduce neuroscience research to the young Parisian public, or by participating in Declics meetings, which aim to establish a dialogue between researchers and high school students.


INTERNSHIP (Collège, lycée)

Finally, three times a year, the DEC offers middle and high school students a week of immersion in the department. The goal is to introduce them to cognitive science, to the functioning of research. The ENS also offers week-long internships in several science departments.


The program includes meetings with researchers and students to talk about about their work and their careers, meetings with the administration and technical support team, visits of the experimental platforms and the laboratories of the department, participation in workshops, visits of the ENS.

WOMEN IN SCIENCE (Pedagogical Resources)

Femmes de Science

A website dedicated to Women in Science: a virtual exhibition of thirteen portraits of talented and inspiring women scientists who have left their mark on the history of science, and portraits of women from the ENS who share anecdotes about their career path: examples designed to inspire, transmit their enthusiasm and passion for science and give young girls confidence in their future.

A "resource" site for teachers and all those who want to move things forward.



For any questions regarding public events, school interventions or internship requests, please contact


Fête de la Science at the ENS:

  • Friday 6 October from 2pm to 4pm - The ENS science departments welcome classes (Registration is mandatory).
  • Sunday 8 October from 10am to 6pm - Fête de la Science at the ENS: discover science with your family! 

A programme for everyone: escape game in the "Salle blanche", laboratory visits, games, workshops and exhibitions.