Humankind is facing grand challenges. “Sustainable Development” is shorthand for addressing these challenges. While decades of efforts have brought progress in some areas, the necessary overall transformation has not been adequately addressed. Interdisciplinary teamwork is a prerequisite for sustainable development, especially if the specific challenges of a region are to be taken into account. To address the challenges of the future, the legacies of the past have to be considered, something which is missing from a lot of sustainability-oriented teaching and research.

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), offers a unique opportunity for young career researchers to familiarize themselves with issues pertinent to the sustainable development of the Danube River Basin. DIANET International Schools are held in the beautiful town of Gorizia in Italy. In 2013, the core teaching offer will be Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2014, the focus will be on the role of natural heritage of the Danube River Basin for sustainable development, while in 2015 the role of cultural heritage for sustainable development will be the focus.

IFF, the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies of Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, has 30 years of experience with interdisciplinary communication. Their expertise will ensure a truly interdisciplinary, unique experience. Faculty from the universities of AARC (Alps Adriatic Rectors’ Conference) and DRC (Danube Rectors’ Conference) will ensure that students get up-to-date, place-specific instruction. The school covers a wide range of subjects, from historical geography to geomorphology, from archaeobotany to the management of interdisciplinary projects. Students will receive training in methods for the virtual representation of natural resources, as well as historical evidence. The covered methods include architecture and urban development, as well as methods of integration such as environmental history and deal with the preservation of cultural heritage, history and archaeology on a par with natural science methods.

Graduate Students and Junior researchers (under the age of 40) from all countries of the Danube basin (as represented by the Universities of AARC and DRC) are welcome to apply for one, two or all three schools. The organizing universities will issue a certificate of 3 ECTS for the completion of each school.

This is a unique opportunity to learn and interact in interdisciplinary groups with a high-level international faculty.

English is the only official language of the School.