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.

Anniversary Celebration - 25 years of Danube University Krems

The Anniversary Ceremony on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Danube University Krems will take place on October 2, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in the Grafenegg Auditorium in Austria.


To experience the ceremony via online stream, click on the following link from 10.30 a.m.:


The Danube University Krems looks forward to celebrating the anniversary together with you despite the current unusual circumstances!

Young Generations Take over the Danube Region

The European Week of Regions and Cities is the perfect framework to bring the Danube Region Strategy closer to the people:


On 13th October, starting at 14:30 CET, we invite all interested parties to join us for an hour to learn how macro-regional cooperation works and how youngsters and young adults are supported by the Danube Region Strategy.


EUSDR (through the Danube Strategy Point) and the project consortium Supercomputers and Intellectuall Property Rights for successful Technology Transfer are teaming up to present both the practical "how" and the policy "why" of presenting concrete projects, strategic actions and hands-on experience.


Participants will be shown how cohesion and cooperation go hand in hand and how the actions of a macro-regional strategy are reflected in projects with the aim of supporting business growth and ensuring prosperity in the Danube Region. The session will also show how young people and academia enable SMEs to gain a competitive advantage by applying High-Performance Computing (HPC), how co-designing knowledge-intensive innovative products may be used in transnational value-chains and how intellectual property rights may be protected.


Join us by registering for our session - the countdown for registration is running - 27th September.

Save the Date: 7th Danube Participation Day

We gladly share the word that the 7th Danube Participation Day will take place on 21 October 2020.

The Danube Participation Day 2020 will present the first draft of the Guidance Paper for Youth Participation in the Danube Region. Against this background, participants will have the opportunity to exchange on possible ways forward in order to boost cooperation and participation of young people and youth initiatives. In doing so, the Danube Participation Day wants to provide a platform to raise awareness of valuable contributions from existing youth initiatives in the region and taking initial steps forward to acknowledge and involve youth in the Danube Region.

This year`s Danube Participation Day represents the continuation of efforts from the conference in 2019 that marked the kick-off for the draft of the guidance paper.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the Danube Participation Day will be a virtual event.

Further information on the registration and the agenda will follow soon.

Regular updates are also available at the Website of Priority Area 10 Institutional Capacity and Cooperation at

JRC | Enlargement and integration workshop

JRC enlargement and integration workshop: expectations and concerns about connected and automated vehicles


15-16 October 2020


Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) can improve transport and reducing its negative impacts.

CAVs are expected to

  • be safer,
  • more energy efficient,
  • increase the road network capacity.

To discuss about expectations and concerns, we organise a co-creation workshop about connected and automated mobility.


Call for Applications

We invite representatives who work in relevant sectors in

  • academia, industry, NGOs and national ministries and are from
  • Enlargement and integration countries, including:
    Candidate and potential candidate countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo* – This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence – Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey),
    European neighbourhood policy countries Associated to Horizon 2020 (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Tunisia, Ukraine), and new EU Member State (Croatia)

To apply, please send your CV and supporting letter to


Deadline: 31 August 2020


The number of places is limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

The workshop will be organised as an online participatory event.



  • Update participants on the EU's policy on development of cooperative, connected and automated mobility.
  • Discuss about main factors that can help or hinder the introduction of CAVs on the market.
  • Identify regional differences in the attitudes towards CAVs

You can find more information on the programme here.


25th Anniversary of the Danube University Krems

We are pleased to announce that the Danube University Krems is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The official celebration ceremony will take place on October 2, 2020 in Krems, Austria. The number of participants is limited, however, the entire event will be broadcast online. An official invitation will follow soon.


The DRC Secretariat congratulates the Danube University Krems on a successful 25 years of continuing education and scientific excellence and wishes her success in the years to come.

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.