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  • Presentation

    The Loire Valley House of Human Sciences (Loire Valley MSH, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Val de Loire) is a federative structure of humanities and social sciences (HSS) research teams which currently consists of 22 laboratories in Tours and Orléans. It is under the administrative supervision of the CNRS, the Université de Tours and the University of Orléans and is a CNRS service and research unit (USR 3501).

    The Loire Valley MSH is part of the National Network of Houses of Human Sciences Scientific Interest Group (GIS). Since 2005 the USR has been housed in dedicated premises on the Tours-2 Lions site. Additional premises were allocated in 2012 on the Watt site to house the Archaeology and Territories Laboratory (LAT) of the CITERES joint research unit.

    © MSH VdL
    © MSH VdL
    © Bernard Duret


    • To develop partnerships between the two universities of Tours and Orléans and within the Network of Houses of Human Sciences
    • To provide support for young researchers and emerging projects
    • To pool services and resources within the Atelier Numérique (Digital Workshop)
    • To set up interdisciplinary and international exchanges in its fields of research

    Research fields

    Services provided to researchers

    • Support for research projects (digital services)
    • Communication, promotion and transfer
    • Europe and International
    • Young and guest researchers
    • Support for emerging research themes