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.

A new Magna Charta Universitatum: MCU 2020


The Magna Charta Universitatum is a document that was signed by 388 rectors and heads of universities from all over Europe and beyond on 18 September 1988, the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna.

It contains principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding of universities in the future.


Having served universities well for 30 years the MCO Council has decided that a new Magna Charta Universitatum is needed. A draft has just been released for wide consultation which can be found here along with a background note, also you can read more about the Magna Charta in this link.


 The Council would value your comments so that the new edition can also serve universities well and for as long. The consultation period closes on 2 August.

The Danubius Young Scientist Award Winners visit to JRC ISPRA

A group of 9 Danubius Young Scientist Award Winners  (Péter Borza, Daniel Martínek, Halyna Palamarchuk, Janka Vogel, Jelena Molnar Jazić,  Jelena Vladic, Kaja Prislan , Kristijan Kotarski, Raimund Haindorfer and Tzvetelin Gueorguiev) visited the JRC Ispra site on 8-10 April.

Their areas of expertise ranged from biology to modern history, migration, water treatment, pharmaceutical engineering till cybercrime and communication.


On the first day, they had a Tour of the Visitors' Centre, followed by presentations of JRC initiatives, on the second day they shadowed a JRC scientist and on their last day, they had the opportunity to visit some of our laboratories. 

The DRC would like to thank the JRC for organizing this opportunity. 

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.


"Consolidating the Role of Universities in Innovation Ecosystems:

Challenges and Future Developments"

A detailed programme as well as further information will be published here in the upcoming months closer to the date of the Annual Meeting. In September, we will also publish the draft agenda for the Presidency Meeting, the Permanent Committee Meeting as well as the General Assembly.


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

EDU-LAB Newsletter

EDU-LAB is a project funded by the European Union aiming to improve the
professional chances of young people in the Danube region.

The DRC is a associated partner of the project.

You can find information on the latest developments in their newsletter

proESOF Call for Proposals

This call for proposals, launched by the TESI Local Programme Committee, aims to collect ideas and to support the development of initiatives which will enhance dissemination, education, networking and training from now until ESOF 2020.
In particular the call collects and evaluates three distinct groups of initiatives:

  • proESOF events 2018-2020 preferentially in the North-East of Italy and Central and Eastern European areas;
  • Science in the City Festival, Trieste ESOF 2020 (three weeks from June 27 to July 18, 2020)
  • Draft proposals for the official call of ESOF 2020 Trieste (Call in January 2019).
The proposals may be related to the following areas:
Science to Science
Science to Business
Science to Policy
Science to Citizens
Science to Communicators

You can find more information on the website:

The call will stay open from February 2018 to March 2020.