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)

© European Union, ECDC
© European Union, ECDC


We are experiencing extraordinary and difficult times. All European countries and their institutions, including universities, are currently tackling with the spread of the COVID-19 disease.


How are the DRC member universities responding to the current challenging situation? They share with us their experience, know-how and good practices regarding distance learning and E-learning. Click here for more information on the measures introduced at the universities.


News from our network

See below the latest news and browse in our archive.


For news from our Presidency, please click here.

Global Young Academy's Call for Membership 2021

Call for a GYA membership from 2021 is open until 15 September 2020 (22h:00 UTC).


Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.


The GYA is a global organization that places a high value on its diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. All applicants receive consideration and will not be discriminated against with regard to race, colour, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disabilities, or other factors. We especially encourage women and applicants from different minority groups, and from diverse disciplines including the natural, physical and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities and people working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors to apply.


More information on how to apply and our online application form can be found here:


About the Global Young Academy

The GYA was founded with the vision to give a voice to young scientists around the world. By empowering early- to mid-career researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational dialogues, the GYA mobilises talent from six continents for capacity-building, mentoring, providing science advice, engaging in science policy and improving the existing research environment. Members are chosen for their demonstrated excellence in scientific achievement and their commitment to service. Currently, there are 200 GYA members and 298 alumni from 86 countries. The GYA Office is hosted at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in Halle (Saale), Germany.

JRC - 11 open calls for access to nuclear research infrastructures

We are glad to announce that the JRC has opened 11 calls to access JRC nuclear research infrastructures:


Laboratory of the Environmental & Mechanical Materials Assessment (EMMA)

[Calls close 15/10/2020]

AMALIA, assessment of nuclear power plants core internals

LILLA, Liquid Lead Laboratory

SMPA, Structural Materials Performance Assessment Laboratories

MCL, Micro-Characterisation Laboratory


European research infrastructure for nuclear reaction, radioactivity, radiation and technology studies in science and applications (EUFRAT)

[Calls close 15/10/2020]

RADMET, Radionuclide Metrology laboratories

GELINA, the JRC Neutron Time-of-Flight Facility

HADES, Underground laboratory for ultra-low level gamma-ray spectrometry]

MONNET, Tandem accelerator based fast neutron source


Actinide User Laboratory (ActUsLab)

[Calls close 30/09/2020]

HC-KA, Hot Cell Laboratory

FMR, Fuels and Materials Research

PAMEC, Properties of Actinide Materials under Extreme Conditions


Three state-of-the-art laboratories are located in Karlsruhe and are designed for research on actinide materials. Actinide elements are the backbone of nuclear technologies, such as energy, space exploration or medical treatments. Scientists will be able to conduct exploratory research to help develop new nuclear equipment or materials. The JRC will also make accessible four of its European facilities for nuclear reaction and decay data measurements in Geel. Such measurements help to make nuclear reactors and the handling of nuclear waste safer, and enhance radiological protection for citizens and the environment. In Petten, four research infrastructures provide hosting opportunities in laboratories for mechanical tests in ambient and corrosive environments from cryogenic to high temperatures at the macro and micro scales. Scientist have the opportunity to investigate materials performance, mechanical and corrosion properties and characterisation to make reactor infrastructures safer.


The calls are addressed to external users from academia and research organisations, industry, SMEs, and more in general from the private and public sectors.


You will find all relevant information here:


Conditions and criteria for access

  • The Lead User Institution and User Institutions (see definitions in the Framework) must be from an EU Member State, country associated to the Euratom Research Programme (only Switzerland and Ukraine).
  • The Lead User Institution must be from a university, research or public institution, or from a Small-Medium-Enterprise (SME).
  • Ethical considerations in accordance with EU Law, in particular Art. 19 of Regulation (EU) 1291/2013, and applicable laws and regulations in the EU Member States.
  • The proposal submission form is complete and complies with the instructions.


New: The JRC may provide a financial or in-kind contribution to support Users to cover their costs of travel and subsistence (T&S) related to the User stay Days, subject to the availability of funds, personnel and other resources to Users from User Institutions located in an EU Member State or country associated to the Euratom Research Programme (only Switzerland and Ukraine).


According article VII of the DRC statute the DRC Presidency shall be composed of Rectors of universities that are full members of the DRC. The Presidency is elected by the DRC General Assembly, following nominations sent to the DRC secretariat after a call for candidates has been sent to all members.


Therefore, we are here intending to call to nominate the candidates for DRC Presidency for 2021-2022. The nominations should be sent to DRC secretariat.


The election will take place during the General Assembly for all DRC member universities that will be held as an online meeting on 6. November 2020 10:00 CET.


According to Article VI.2 the President of the DRC calls for a Permanent Committee meeting to be held as an online meeting on 22nd of September 2020 at 15:00 CEST. The draft agenda will be sent accordingly.


Information about the Permanent Committee is available on our website.

IDMonSite with Maurizio Fermeglia

The guest of the IDMonSite discussion on 7th of July 2020 was Maurizio Fermeglia, Full Professor at and former rector of the member university of the DRC University of Trieste. As member of the Programme Committee of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020, Prof. Fermeglia gave insights to the reorganization of the ESOF taking place in Trieste, Italy, and originally planned for 5-9 July.


In addition to the presentation of the ESOF, Daniel Martínek (IDM, DRC Secretariat) discussed with the renowned scientist the role of science and research during coronavirus times and the (un)preparedness for the environmental crisis that awaits us in the years to come.


Watch the discussion in the video below!



7th Young Scholars Forum on Central and South East Europe

“European narratives – in search for common diversity”

02 – 06 December 2020, Vienna, Austria


Europeans face Europeans. The national policies of the states making up the old continent continue to shape Europe's future at the expense of Europe as whole. The divisions among the countries are deepening, very often in a way that creates a crisis both internally and in a global context. The constant search of common narratives – as the basis for a common identity-based policy – seems to be increasingly difficult in the face of fragmented political spectrum and ever-more differing policy approaches in Europe. The purpose of the Forum is to provide space for young scientists to find what is common to all Europeans.


As part of the 3-day event, 20 young researchers from all over Europe are invited to present and discuss their research work related to the topic of the Forum, as well as to network among themselves. The conference will take place on the first two days under the direction of experts within four thematically different panels:

  • Europe as an area of peace and stability
  • Europe as a space of cultural diversity
  • Europe as a global actor
  • If not the EU, is there/has there been an alternative?


The third day is designated for further exchange among participants during a thematically appropriate social programme in Vienna and Lower Austria.


Who we are looking for

We are seeking a maximum of 20 young scholars working on Central and South Eastern Europe in the fields of peace research and security policy, cultural studies, political sciences, economy, geography, sociology, media studies and history to contribute with their research to the analysis of the afore-mentioned issues and to find a common narrative that would held the future Europe together.


Aims of the Forum

  • Promoting and encouraging young scholars to engage with Central and South East Europe
  • Presentation of research by young scholars to a wider public
  • Exchange among young and more advanced researchers on topics, methods, sources and results
  • Networking
  • Furthering mobility within the region
  • Publication of contributions and results


More information on the programme and the submission process can be found on the IDM website.

Save The Date: DRC General Assembly 2020

Given the travel restrictions and other difficulties the universities are facing in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, the DRC Presidency, after careful consideration and in consultation with the Uzhhorod National University, agreed unanimously on the postponement of the Annual Conference scheduled to take place on 4.-6. November 2020 at the Uzhhorod National University to 2021. The new date for the 2021 Annual Conference will be announced in due time.


The General Assembly for all DRC member universities will be held as an online meeting on 6. November 2020 10:00 CET.


Information regarding the registration as well as the draft programme will be available in the upcoming weeks on the DRC website.


We look forward to seeing you during our General Assembly in November!