Salle Louis Liard

Located right in the heart of Paris, in an exceptional setting for your ceremonies: symposiums, conferences, cocktail receptions, film shoots, etc.



The Salle Louis Liard is the room in which PhD theses are defended and where diplomas giving accreditation to supervise research projects are awarded. These sessions are open to the public.


The decoration of the wood panelling was sculpted by Eugène Legrain. On the medallions are the portraits of Pascal, Bossuet, Descartes, Racine, Molière and Corneille by the painter François Schommer.


At the far end of the room is a portrait of Richelieu by François Schommer.


The stucco ceiling was decorated by Legrain and the painting is by Schommer (1889): a candidate appears before Truth, who is surrounded by Philosophy, Science and History. All four are represented in the guise of goddesses.

Louis Liard, philosopher (1846 – 1917)

As Director of Higher Education, he organised the new university by obtaining legal status for the faculties and he played an active part in the reconstruction of the Sorbonne. As Vice-Rector, he contributed to the building-up of the patrimony of the University of Paris by obtaining donations and legacies.

Practical information

  • 220 square metres
  • Maximum capacity: 220

The entrance is located at 17, Rue de la Sorbonne. Presence on list of names and invitation card are required for entry.


Adjoining room: the Salle des Professeurs


Layout of the Salle Louis Liard at the Sorbonne


Contact: Bureau des cérémonies (Ceremonies Service) – Tel: + 33 (0) 1 40 46 20 19


Email: ceremonies.sorbonne@ac-paris