The International Association for Danube Research (IAD) was founded in 1956 and is the longest existing international scientific network in the Danube Region. IAD is an Association according to Austrian law with the goal of promoting and coordinating activities in the fields of limnology, water management, water protection and sustainable development in the Danube River basin (current structure and contact).

In 1998 IAD obtained observership in the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Our delegates participate in various Expert Groups and develop tools and measures to protect the Danube River and to reach a sustainable river basin management as ultimate goal of the Water Framework Directive (EU-WFD)

As representative of the scientific community IAD also actively supports the implementation of the macro-regional EU-Danube Strategy as a step towards sustainable development in the Danube region.

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Paper Registration Form (download Word-Document)

Resolution of the 39th IAD conference (Szentendre, Hungary)

Resolution of the 40th IAD conference (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Resolution of the 41th IAD conference (Sibiu, Romania)

Links to national sub-associations of IAD:

Österreichisches Komitee Donauforschung, Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft Donauforschung

Further links of support:

FDG Austria, DI Norbert Exler


2023-February-11, 44th IAD-conference in Krems, Austria:

Danube River Excursion

Abstract Book of 44th IAD-conference entitled
"Scientific cooperation in the Danube River Basin: Tackling present and future environmental challenges of a European riverscape", which was organized by Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Krems, ICC Water & Health and ÖK-IAD (Austrian Committee of the IAD) can be downloaded here. The proceedings volume of proceedings articles will be prepared soon.

Cover DN46

Danube News issue no. 46
is released!

DN46 announces the major conference topics that will be issued at 44th IAD conference, in Krems Febr 2023. The three main articles in DN46 are about the "restoration and ecology of sterlets in the Austrian Danube", the "perspectives and management options for the ecology of the urban floodplain Lower Lobau" and of purpose statements & opinions about "Danube Landscapes – history, diversity, conflicts, identity, but no lobby!".
Readers are welcome to download this latest issue as volume Danube News or Danube News Articles!


IAD conference,
Venue Kiev will be postponed to another year

The IAD-conference entitled
"The Danube River, from the Black Forest to the Black Sea – different countries, common challenges, sustainable solutions",
which was announced for autumn 2022, is planned to be postponed for a later year. It will be organized by the Institute of Hydrobiology National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Details about the first announcement of conference sessions and brief introduction of conference host can be downloaded here.


We, the International Association of Danube Research (IAD), are concerned about the war in the Ukraine, a Danube Basin country. As a scientific NGO, we believe that dialogue is the key to progress and any dispute should be solved based on rational arguments. We would like to express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine during these times. Every death is one too many and in the meantime there are enough victims, so that our hope is that the fighting will end soon and a dialogue for a long-lasting peace can begin.