2014 Danube:Future Interdisciplinary School
2014 Danube:Future Interdisciplinary School


The Danube:Future Interdisciplinary Schools offered a unique opportunity for young career researchers to familiarize themselves with issues pertinent to the sustainable development of the Danube River Basin.


The specifically designed curriculum supported international and interdisciplinary cooperation. It was composed of lectures, facilitated plenary discussions, excursions and group work. Between 2013 and 2018, five editions were hosted by different core partners of Danube:Future. From 2013-2015, the University of Trieste, in cooperation with Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna (BOKU), held the schools in Gorizia, Italy. In 2013, interdisciplinary studies were in the focus. In 2014, the DIS was dedicated to the role of natural heritage of the Danube River Basin for sustainable development, while in 2015 the role of cultural heritage for sustainable development was addressed. In 2017, Danube University Krems organized the DIS on the cultural and social implications of global change on the Danube River Basins. In 2018, the University of Ruse offered a school on project management and entrepreneurship for sustainable development of the regions in the Danube River Basin.


The expertise of the school organizers ensured a truly interdisciplinary, unique experience and up-to-date, place-specific instruction. The schools covered a wide range of subjects, from archaeology, environmental history, historical geography, geomorphology, ecology, sociology and political sciences to the management of interdisciplinary projects.



Graduate Students and Junior researchers from all countries of the Danube basin as represented by the Universities of AARC and DRC were welcome to apply for the schools. In the five editions, organized by 2018, almost 150 PhD students and Post-docs from 12 countries participated. Participants came from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Kosovo.


From 2020 on, DIS will become part of the DRC-Summer Schools.