International Association for Danube Research

The International Association for Danube Research , or IAD , is an active network of scientists in the Danube River Basin of Europe . [1]

Currently the board IAD HAS Country Representatives in 12 Danube Basin countries, and HAS [1] Several hundred members in all Danube countries form the network of scientists in all major fields. [1]


The IAD was established in Europe in 1956, and is a registered association under Austrian law. [1]

The association is active in promoting ideas exchange and mobility between scientists to foster cooperation and knowledge transfer. In terms of scientific issues, since the 1950s major water management and environmental issues have been key priorities on the agenda of IAD, and science-based solutions are discussed and proposed.


The board of the IAD is composed of the president, vice-president and general secretary. [2] Thomas Hein from BOKU Vienna and WasserCluster Lunz has been president since 2011; [3] Ivana Teodorovic from the University of Novi Sad has been vice-president since 2011; and Harald Kutzenberge rhas been the general secretary since 2006. [2]

IAD has active Expert Groups in 12 topics covering major ecological and management fields. [2] [4]

IAD has a permanent status with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) . IAD members are active in the following ICPDR expert groups: [5]

  • Group Expert on River Basin Management
  • Expert Group on Flood protection
  • Hydropower Expert group
  • Climate Change Adaptation Expert Group
  • Public Participation Expert Group.

The names of the country representatives and the expert group leaders can be found at the homepage of the IAD. [1]

Current activities

Based on the Danube River Basin Management Plan provided by the ICPDR, IAD established to be a strong science-based partner in different critical issues at river basin scale, such as sustainable development of navigation using the large rivers as waterways, future development of hydropower, Keywords: various forms of pollution and various forms of pollution (eg nutrients, organic and toxic substances); Detailed reports and joined statements can be found on the IAD homepage. [1]

IAD members have been participating in the discussion and development of the Guiding principles on sustainable hydropower development in the Danube Basin and made major contributions related to the classification of sensitive ecological areas.

IAD members are active in the Danube Sturgeon Task Force, [6] and also are involved in a number of EU and its EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) project initiatives. [7] The DSTF aims to coordinate and foster the conservation of the Danube River Basin and the adjacent Black Sea by the implementation of the Sturgeon Action Plan adopted under the Bern Convention in 2005. [8]

IAD publishes the Danube News twice a year. [9] It participates at the Danube Day Basin.

IAD Conferences

Every second year international IAD Conference is organized. A special issue about the 38th IAD conference in Dresden was published in the international journal River Systems in 2012. [10] The 40th IAD conference was held in June 2014 in Sofia .

The next conference will be held in 2016.

See also

  • Danube river topics
  • Danube basin topics


  1. ^ Jump up to:f International Association for Danube Research-IAD
  2. ^ Jump up to:c Structure of IAD , with current presidium members, representatives of member countries, and expert group representatives. Accessed 3.13.2016.
  3. Jump up^ WasserCluster Lunz
  4. Jump up^ Links for IAD Expert Groups
  5. Jump up^ Research projects
  6. Jump up^ Danube Sturgeon Task Force
  7. Jump up^ EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)
  8. Jump up^ Sturgeon Action Plan
  9. Jump up^ „The Danube News“
  10. Jump up^ „River Systems“ diary