17th DRC Summer School was a great success

We are more than happy that after a two-year-break due to Covid, we managed to bring together 17 young scientists, university studens and early-stage researchers from all over Europe for our annual DRC Summer School. The 17th DRC Summer School on “Shaping Tomorrow’s Research: What Future for Academia in the Danube Region?” took place in Vienna from 10th to 16th July 2022.

Unfortunately, due to the senseless and unjustified Russian war on Ukraine, the Summer School could not take place as originally planned at the Uzhhorod National University in Ukraine. However, first-hand experiences of Ukrainian students about learning, volunteering, and mobility in the shadow of the war have been one of the focus topics. Other topics touched upon the role of research in policymaking, knowledge sharing as well as university autonomy and academic freedom. We are particularly honoured to have welcomed Shalini Randeria, President and Rector of the CEU, as our keynote speaker.

Alongside the lectures, the participants attended the FIFUDEM Final Conference, went on a field trip to the picturesque Wachau valley and ended two days with an amazing dinner at the typical Austrian Heuriger. Also, they connected with the participants of the DRC Strategic Foresight Project and gave feedback to their semi-final reports on the future scenarios developed.


As a follow-up, the Summer School participants are now given the chance to contribute to the scientific journal 'Der Donauraum' with their own research. Moreover, they will be part of the next Podcast season of the IDM Vienna 'Central Europe Explained' and therefore create sustainable outcome out of this week!


In that regard, we would like to thank our sponsors for their support, all the participants for being a such an amazing group and for their active participation, our highly esteemed visiting lecturers for their inputs, and the IDM team for implementing the project!

We are already very much looking forward to the 18th DRC Summer School 2023!


In the meantime, have a closer look at the summary of this year's Summer School here: https://www.drc-danube.org/summer-school/history/2022-vienna/