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.

Call for Applications: 16TH DRC SUMMER SCHOOL

16th DRC Summer School on Regional Co-operation
"Falling walls - moving borders - common house Europe?"

30 June - 7 July 2019 University of Zagreb

  • Share research results about the Danube region
  • Discuss the most up-to-date issues of the Danube region and Central and Eastern Europe with leading experts in the field
  • Present your research and get input from the workshop leaders as well as other participants 
  • Broaden your horizon and knowledge
  • Meet new people from all around Europe and develop yourself academically

Experience an unforgettable week in the beautiful city of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and make lasting cooperation and friendships.


After the end of the Summer School your contribution will be officially published as an article in the scientific journal “Der Donauraum”.


Workshop topics: 

  1. Collective security or a new cold war?
  2. The common European currency – constant crisis management?
  3. From “Big Bang” to “Brexit”
  4. From homo sovieticus to homo digitalis – successful transformation of the civil society in CEE?

Application deadline: 31 May 2019
Registration fee: 200 EUR
Language of instruction: English


You can already have a look on the draft programme.


Application form


Join our DRC Summer School and receive up-to-date knowledge about the political, economic and social challenges of the Danube Region!

SAVE THE DATE: DRC Annual Meeting 6-8 November 2019






We kindly ask you to save the date for our next Annual Meeting to be held at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania on 6. - 8. November 2019.

A detailed programme as well as further information will be published on this website in the upcoming months closer to the date of our Annual Meeting. We will also send out the draft agenda for the Presidency Meeting, the Permanent Committee Meeting as well as the General Assembly in September.


Thank you very much and we are looking forward to see you in Bucharest!

JRC Training and Capacity Building Calls for the Nanobiotechnology Laboratories

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has opened a Call to access JRC Research Infrastructures for Training and Capacity Building for Enlargement and Integration Countries to the:

Nanobiotechnology laboratory (NanoBiotech): 2019-1-TCB-NanoBiotech
Call closing 03 June 2019

The call is addressed to JRC external users from universities, research or public institutions, or from Small-Medium-Enterprises (SME).

Training is free of charges and travel/subsistence costs are covered by the JRC.
Conditions and criteria for access
The JRC offers access to its non-nuclear facilities to researchers from Lead User Institution and User Institutions (see definitions in the Framework) only from countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020. The Lead User Institution must be from a university, research or public institution, or from a Small-Medium-Enterprise (SME).
The Training and Capacity Building topics offered in the Nanobiotechnology laboratory include an introduction and hands-on training on:

  • Nanomaterials sizing using dynamic light scattering, disk centrifuge sedimentation, asymmetric and sedimentation field flow fractionation with different detectors and analytical ultra-centrifuge.
  • In vitro assays for studying nanomaterial-cell interactions and highlighting pitfalls occurring during assay development due to the specific nature of nanomaterial (in vitro dosimetry, interaction of nanomaterial with cell reagents).
  • Biomolecular interaction studies using surface plasmon resonance and quartz microbalance techniques.
  • Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry, electron microscopy and an introduction to surface chemistry analysis using XPS and/or ToF-SIMS.
  • ICP-MS including single particle detection.

You can find all relevant information at

The Danube Cooperation Forum

The Danube Region Cooperation Forum is a two days’ annual event held in Galati, during which government representatives, together with European officials, as well as from the administrations of regions and cities, as well as experts and academics will have the opportunity to share good practice and knowledge in regional and urban development.

The forum is also a recognized platform for dialogue on political and economic issues on the development of the Danube region and to raise decision-makers' awareness of the importance of local and regional partners in the process of EU policy making. It is also characterized by a high density of activities, being structured in thematic sessions, workshops and panels. At the same time, the event will be a platform for networking and direct contacts between participants.

The Danube Cooperation Forum will be held on 11th-12th of April 2019 at ”Dunarea de Jos” University in Galati, Romania

The event will give to the participants the opportunity to share their own expertise, experience, and to familiarise themselves with best practices on a range of regional themes (local and regional development, youth, resilience, energy security, environmental security, citizenship, European policies, neighbourhood policy etc.). It also encourages the dialogue with stakeholders and engages in new partnerships and joint projects that can provide solutions to regional challenges.

Detailed agenda of the Forum can be found here.

SAVE THE DATE: 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

As a key event of the 2019 EUSDR Presidency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, the DG Regio/European Commission and the Danube Transnational Programme, with the technical support of the Danube Strategy Point, are organizing the 8th Annual Forum. The event will be held on the 27th – 28th June 2019 in Bucharest, Romania, under the motto:“Building cohesion for a shared prosperity in the Danube Region”.

Residency Scholarship 2019 Sharing Future



of the International Elias Canetti Society


Funded by the Danube Rectors' Conference



The Canetti Artist Scholarship is aimed at artists from all over Europe. The fact that it

is also advertised to artists from neighboring countries, from the Western Balkans and

from Turkey, should, in particular, provide opportunities for international, artistic

exchange. Various different forms of arts should be fostered by the scholarship:

Painters, photographers, writers, performance artists, translators and musicians can

apply for it.


The slogan of the scholarship - Sharing Future – aims at a collaborative creation and

cooperation for a joint Europe and a common future.


The scholarship is advertised for one month a year.


More information can be found below:

Announcement residency scholarship.pdf
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