The Danube Academies Conference is a project of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, bringing together all national Academies of the Danube region and focusing on the development in the Danube area. It is a platform for the informal dialogue between the Presidents of the national Academies from Central and Eastern Europe. The purpose is the mutual exchange to profit from different experiences.
The basic idea of the Danube Academies Conference goes back to 1991 when the former Foreign Minister of Austria, Dr. Alois Mock – honorary senator of the Academy, asked the European Academy of Sciences and Arts to convene a meeting bringing together the academies of the former Yugoslavia.
This meeting, for which EASA invited the Academies of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro, took place in Salzburg in February 1992.
In 2010, a new project by the EU – The EU Strategy for the Danube Region – was established, with the aim of improving the coordination of relevant actors and programmes to promote the development of the Danube region.
Based on this project, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts organised the first Danube Academies Conference in Vienna in 2011.
The following conferences were hosted by:
- Bratislava, Slovakia (März 2012)
- Budapest, Hungary (September 2012)
- Bucharest, Romania (April 2013)
- Chisinau, Moldova (April 2014)
- Ulm, Germany (April 2015)
In 2016, the conference will be held from 12-13 May in Ljubljana, Slovenia.