The FP7 ERA-NET Sumforest pre-announces the upcoming call for transnational collaborative research projects. The call will open on the 21st March 2016 with a closing date for proposals on the 17th June 2016.

The title of the call is "Sustainable forests for the society of the future". The present call for proposals focuses on basic and applied research that aims to support policy decisions regarding multifunctional forestry. Proposals are expected to be transnational, and innovative forms of cooperation such as interdisciplinarity are encouraged.

Application for Non-EU candidates 1 March 2016 before intended starting winter semester (due to visa and residence permit procedures) and 20 June
for EU candidates: 20 June 2016 before intended starting winter semester.

Danube Winter School

Danube Area Research Center (DAReC) is a non-governmental organization, with the main goals to educate young people interested in the research of Danube region, establishing partnerships with the civil society and academic communities and implementing projects. We are pleased to announce the official call for the Danube Winter School (DWS), designed in partnership with the European Danube Academy, the organizer of Danube Summer School in Ulm (DSS), which was the initial spark for organizing this school.

While many scholars recently focused on working migration in the EU context, the diversity of migration processes, including leisure or lifestyle oriented moves or, most recently, forced migration in terms of asylum seekers, changes societies both on a (supra)national, regional and even local scale. Small communities in peripheral rural areas often become focal points of implications of migration processes that challenges actors involved in integration, participation and spatial development.

As part of the national strategy for the European Research Area (ERA), Germany is expanding its collaboration with the EU13 member states. Against this background, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched the “ERA Fellowships” programme. The programme aims at building up capacities of key actors in the field of science management from EU13 science organisations. The objective is also to strengthen networking and cooperation between research organisations, research funding organisations and higher education institutions in Germany and the partner countries.

Prof. Verena Winiwarter, Coordinator of the Danube:Future network was invited as a panelist to the first Käte Hamburger Kolleg meeting („Spitzenforschung in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften – Ziele, Wege und Wirkungen der Käte Hamburger Kollegs") held in Berlin on June, 26th, 2015. Her initial statement on the podium was taken from the attached text .

Scientific side event of the EUSDR Annual Forum in Ulm 28–31 October 2015

The workshops supports PhD and Master students to advance their empirical dissertations and Master thesis on macro-regional strategies. The project has an interdisciplinary approach with a small group of experts. It offers a platform of exchange on theory and empirical enquiry.

Application deadline: 31 August 2015

The State of Baden-Württemberg has set up the Danube Strategy Point (DSP) in its Representation to the EU in Brussels in May 2015 with the support of the European Union.

The DSP is a coordination body of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). With establishing the DSP, the Directorate-General for Regional Policy of the European Commission and the National Coordinators of the EUSDR are taking a new approach in the governance of this macro-regional strategy of the EU.