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Last updated: 27-01-2014

Spread across two sites at Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy (Brabois and Pôle de l’Eau), and with 20 000 m2 of available space, the wide range of facilities that ENSG has its disposal makes it one of the major European capitals for the Geosciences.

In addition to its multipurpose rooms and lecture theatres, the School has specially-equipped rooms for the teaching of microscopy, cartography, rock analysis, information technology, languages, mechanics and hydraulics, and it also boasts one of the largest Geoscience libraries in France.

Some of the main facilities at the School include:


STEVAL is an experimental station for the investigation of raw materials and residual substances. Unique in a university setting, STEVAL lies at the crossroads of academic knowledge, university education and scientific research issues, whether environmental or industrial in nature.

With around 2000 m² of workspace and more than 150 instruments at its disposal, the STEVAL technical platform allows us to investigate and test the effects of scale in the processes employed in the field of raw materials.

This ability to approach real conditions ensures the results achieve strong industry recognition.

Microscopy Rooms

For the studying rocks close-up, the École de Géologie has several rooms equipped with a range of microscopes.

  • Polarizing optical microscopes which enable us to study thin sections under transmitted light. Observations can be made under “natural” or polarized light in order to reveal the nature and orientation of particles. In particular, these microscopes allow us to identify the minerals that make up the rocks or other geomaterials, as well as to carry out detailed petrographic studies.
  • Metallurgical optical microscopes, for the study of thin or thick sections in reflected light. These microscopes allow the identification of opaque minerals and the study of mineralizations with strong economic interest or objects that are too thick to be examined under transmitted light.

The microscopy labs are also equipped with a system for viewing macroscopic samples and thin section microscope observations on large screens, giving students an optimal view of the specimens studied.

Language Laboratories

With the majority of our engineers destined for an international career, languages are clearly an important subject in the School’s curricula.

To supplement their different language courses, the students have self-study access to two language laboratories where they can find a range of tools and supports, including specialized software for developing foreign language skills and access to foreign-language news sites and videos.

Carothèque / Core Store

In order to avoid having to undertake expensive new drilling projects, geological core samples are stored and archived at a Carothèque, or core store. In the School, these stratigraphic samples are used as teaching tools, allowing us to characterize the nature of the rock and reconstruct the chronology.

Rock Store and Sample Preparation Workshop

A necessary stop to make ahead of any teaching, the sample preparation workshop prepares thin sections for petrographic studies, thick sections for fluid inclusion studies, and polished sections for metallogenic studies.

The rocks from which these sections are made come from all over the world.

Samples are subsequently archived in the lithotheque, or rock store, which houses a vast collection of rocks, minerals, fossils and thin sections.

Préparation d'une lame mince dans l'atelier de lithopréparation