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.

Danubius Young Scientist Award 2020 - Call for Nominations


We are pleased to announce to you that the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBFW) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) have published the Call for Nominations for the Danubius Young Scientist Award 2020.


The award is intended to honor persons with extraordinary achievements in their scientific activity and output in relation to the Danube Region. The call is opened to all graduates and postgraduates of higher education institutions, universities, researchers at the academies of sciences, research organizations etc. coming from one of the countries that are part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) - Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and the Ukraine.


The award will be endowed with 1.200 EUR for each winner of the Danubius Young Scientist Award.


For more information on the Award and Award criteria, please visit the official webpage.


The deadline for nominations is 24 April 2020.


Please disseminate and share widely among your current and former students, university contacts, scientific networks.


Thank you very much for your cooperation!

JRC - Second call for expressions of interest for the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP)

We are pleased to inform you that the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the second call for expressions of interest for the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) in the following fields:


1.       Digital Governance

2.       Smart, connected and clean mobility  

3.       EU Energy Transition  

4.       Development of methods to monitor progresses, design transformations and identify solutions to achieve SDGs  

5.       Secure and sustainable supply of raw materials for strategic value chains  

6.       Artificial intelligence for earth observation  

7.       Graphic causal models for hybrid threats  

8.       Resilience of built infrastructure to natural and man-made hazards  

9.       Health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)  

10.     Non-power nuclear and radiological technologies to achieve the SDGs 2030 Agenda  

11.     Synergies of qualitative and quantitative methods for anticipation activities  

12.     Behavioural insights applied to policy-making  

13.     Robustness in complex data analysis and statistical modelling


The call is opened to higher education institutions/universities from EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020.


The deadline for applications is 3 May 2020.

For more information see the webpage of the Call.

Green.Building.Solutions. Summer University Vienna

Climate change is THE hot topic all around the world – concerning everyone, everywhere. How are you contributing to a green future? The DRC, as a partner of the GBS summer university, offers one scholarship for participation – be sure not to miss this unique opportunity!


Taking place for the 10th time in 2020 from July, 18th to August, 9th in Vienna, you learn about sustainable construction, renewables and alternative building from renowned Austrian experts! In this way, YOU can make the world more sustainable.


Application until March 31st, 2020 at!

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems Summer University Vienna

Want to learn more about how the economic system contributes to climate change and what we can do about it? As a partner of the Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems summer school, the DRC offers one scholarship for participation – be sure not to miss this unique opportunity!


From 20 July to 7 August in Vienna, at the AEMS summer school you learn about the interactions between the environment, society and economy, as well as about possible reform approaches for the economic and monetary system.


Application until 15 April, 2020 at

Democracy Is (No!) Fiction | FIFUDEM

On January 13, 2020, the joint Jean Monnet project of the DRC with the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) was launched with the kick-off event on "Democracy Is (No!) Fiction: Developing Concepts and Strategies For an Inclusive and Participatory Europe".


The event was opened, among others, by the DRC President and Rector of the University of Belgrade Prof. Dr. Ivanka Popović, who emphasized the importance of education on the formation of a stable, sensitive civil society composed of critically-minded and socially engaged citizens.


On behalf of the DRC were also involved the DRC Vice-President and Rector of the Danube-University Krems Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer as well as the DRC Secretary General Mag. Sebastian Schäffer.


You can find the programme of the conference as well as further information here.


We are looking forward to future project steps!