Research power along the Danube

Confluence of Sava river and Danube in Belgrade (c) Wikipedia


Between its source in the Black Forest and its mouth on the Black Sea, the Danube traverses 2,872 kilometres and shares shores with ten countries. The Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC) is a strong network of almost 70 universities in this region. Our aim is to improve higher education in teaching and research, and the advancement of our member universities by establishing sustainable contacts.


The DRC is Affiliate member of the European University Association (EUA)

News from our network

See below the latest news and browse in our archive.


For news from our Presidency, please click here.

Registration for the DRC Annual Conference 2018

During the General Assembly, a new presidency will be elected.


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Comenius University Bratislava

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814 99 Bratislava, Slovakia


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Joint Research Centre - Workshop on "Start-ups in Innovation Ecosystems in South-East Europe''

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) is organising on 15th and 16th November 2018 a workshop on "Start-ups in Innovation Ecosystems in South-East Europe" in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


  • To provide policy makers and innovation practitioners with knowledge and training/practical insights in setting up successful start-up platforms with support programmes strengthening regional/national innovation ecosystems. 
  • To review various models of acceleration, building a pipeline of projects, attracting industrial partners, providing business support services, involving governmental entities, which are key elements in the development of successful innovation ecosystems.

The workshop will target in particular policy makers and other innovation stakeholders such as universities, research organisations, chambers of commerce, business angels, science parks and other relevant practitioners from South-East Europe.


Apply to participate

  • Attendance to the event is by invitation only. If you wish to participate you are encouraged to submit an expression of interest (deadline 10 October 2018).
  • An overview of the draft programme can be found at the event page.
  • Given the limited number of places, we will not be able to admit all interested applicants but will perform a selection based on applicant's background, affiliation and motivation with due respect to a fair geographical representation.

Call for Papers - Climate Change adaptation in the Danube Region

In line with one of the actions of EUSDR PA5 “to support anticipating local and regional impacts of climate change regarding the Danube Region through research”, priority area coordination is intent to collect the results of finalized or ongoing research projects and best practices within the Danube basin on the field of climate change adaptation. Therefore, PA5 area will finance in 2018 a Thematic Issue of the Journal of Environmental Geography (JoEG) in cooperation with the University of Szeged.


The thematic issue aims to encompass articles from different fields, analysing among others the vulnerability of water bodies, soil mass, different ecosystems and the human environment of the region to climate change impacts and helps to identify potential adaptation measures. The issue will facilitate to raise awareness and gather stakeholders to share knowledge and focus on the better preparedness and resilience of the Danube countries against the adverse effects of climate change. It also gives a great opportunity to trace the Danube basin research progress in order to stimulate further investigation topics.


  • The official Call for Papers with all necessarry details of publication can be downloaded from the website.
  • Submission deadline for the Thematic Issue: 15/9/2018
  • Please inform the journal Editors and EUSDR PA5 experts beforehand, by sending an abstract in e-mail to and
  • The manuscripts have to be submitted via the website of the University of Szeged
  • Before submission please read the ‘Instruction for Authors’ carefully! Than create a profile, log in and use the manuscript submission menu point.

Report on the 15th DRC Summer School

15th Danube Rectors’ Conference

Summer School on Regional Cooperation 


“Modernizing Europe: Generating Accountability"


Danube University Krems

1st - 8th July 2018


Report can be found here.

Interview with DRC President Rector Friedrich Faulhammer by magazine Metropole

The rector of the Danube University Krems on education reform, collaboration along the river, the benefits of studying in the countryside and the Danube Rectors' Conference: