Following the successful three previous editions in Gorizia (Italy), the forth edition of the Danube:Future Interdisciplinary School was organized in Krems (A) by the Danube-University Krems. The School focused on the cultural and social implications of global change on the Danube River Basin and the core topics of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity.
The Danube:Future Interdisciplinary School is part of the Capacity Building Module of the Danube:Future project, a Flagship Project of the EUSDR - the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region, in the Priority Area Knowledge Society. Danube:Future is a joint network project of the Alps-Adriatic Rector’s Conference and the Danube Rector’s Conference. It aims at capacity building in the Danube River Basin (DRB) and at providing networking to aid the development common research projects for a sustainable future of the DRB.
Due to financial support by the Danube-University Krems and the Central European Initiative (Cooperation Fund 2016) 25 participants representing 17 Universities from 8 CEI Countries both EU (Austria – hosting Country, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Romania) and no-EU (Serbia), attended the School edition.
14 PhD students and 11 junior researchers had the opportunity to gain knowledge about the cultural, social, economic and ecological implication of global changes on the Danube River Basin. Following an introduction on the core topic of the Interdisciplinary School – global changes – and lectures on the natural heritage of the Danube river region as well as the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the School covered a wide range of subjects, such as tourism, cultural heritage, energy management and innovation as well as sustainability and governance. Two half-day excursions deepening the discussed topics offered a unique opportunity to deal with the challenges of the macro-region
The second part of the school was dedicated to group work by students. Participants worked in groups with support of two facilitators and seven experts, identifying common ideas for a future project and writing proposal drafts. Group presentations with direct feedback by the international Jury were taking place at the end of the programme. The revised proposals as well as lecture and keynote papers are going to be included in the upcoming conference proceedings.