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.

New and renewal membership see options at the bottom of this page!

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


First announcement:

44th IAD conference,
will be in Ukraine!

The upcoming IAD-conference entitled
"The Danube River, from the Black Forest to the Black Sea – different countries, common challenges, sustainable solutions"
will be held on 1–4 November 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. It will be organized by the Institute of Hydrobiology National Academy of Science of Ukraine. More details about the conference sessions and brief introduction of conference host can be downloaded here.

Two conferences announced:

Joint ESENIAS & DIAS 2021 AND ABIC 2022

The Joint ESENIAS and DIAS Scientific Conference and 10th ESENIAS Workshop will be from from 7.-9. December 2021. Deadline for submitting abstracts and registration is extended until 22 November 2021. Further details about this on-line conference can be read in the 3rd announcement.
In 2022, the Aquatic Biodiversity International Conference (ABIC) is planned in a hybrid way (physical presence and online, 20.-22.9.2022). More details about this conference can be found here on the ABIC_8 Website.

Press release:

11th DAC was issued on “Climate change and climate control”!

On 22 October 2021, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) organised the
11th Conference of the Danube Academies (DAC). The topic of this on-line Conference was “Climate change and climate control” (11_DAC-Abstract_Book), with three presentations about activities of members of International Association for Danube Research (IAD). An English version of the press release about the 11th DAC conference is available as pdf or can be downloaded from BAC-Website.


Prof. Roumen Kalchev
died on 12.3.2021 due to COVID-19 infection!

With great sadness we have to inform that one of our IAD board members, Prof. Roumen Kalchev, died yesterday, on 12. March 2021, because of covid infection in a hospital in Bulgaria.
We have lost an active board member of IAD and a good friend – he always stimulated constructive relationships among people of our scientific community of IAD – we have valued Roumen for his friendly and open attitude and his interest in transboundary cooperation (IAD_CV).
We will miss Roumen - we will not forget him.