The Danube: Future Project is a combination of regional, national and supra-national initiatives in interdisciplinary sustainability research with training and capacity building. It contributes to the sustainable development of the Danube River Basin (DRB) with particular focus on the humanities.
The DRB has a troubled political and environmental history. Environmental problems abound and impede economic growth and sustainable development. The interdisciplinary approaches need to take into account the long-term legacies of this complex history and this requires the competences of humanities and social sciences.
The project targets all 19 countries in the Danube catchment. It has been endorsed as joint activity by the Danube Rectors’ Conference and the Alps-Adriatic Rectors’ Conference, which link 82 universities in the region, and which are the largest institutional knowledge-producing and disseminating umbrella organization of the region. In September 2013 Danube: Future was adopted as a flagship project of the European Strategy for the Danube Region within Priority Area 7, Knowledge Society.