The project will achieve several goals:

  • It will have a lasting effect on research and teaching in the humanities in the region, bringing young scholars to the forefront of international research and hence developing the strengths of higher education in the region in internationally competitive contexts.
  • EUSDR encompasses and builds on the concept of smart specialization strategies for regions. Danube:Future will be of particular importance for regions who build their strategy in the core of the sustainability economy (“green jobs”) as their specialization. But, in fact, all strategies need to take a long-term perspective into view in order to be smart, and therefore, projects of smart specialization, whatever their thematic focus, will all at least have some benefit from engaging with the sustainability questions in the DRB. Comparisons with other river basins also developed in the core project will allow researchers to identify specific and global challenges for a sustainability transition and apply them to the regional context.
  • Danube:Future will create living heritage by making the environmental and cultural heritage of the DRB visible and bringing it into the context of sustainable development.
  • It will lead to a series of in-depth analyses of the long-term evolution of the DRB and its implications for sustainable development.