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



Letter of the IAD President, Prof. Bernd Cyffka,

Dear members and friends of the IAD, Dear colleagues, The year 2023 is behind us and I hope that it was an eventful but also successful year for everyone. In February 2023, we were able to carry out successfully the 44th IAD conference in Krems/Austria. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Alexander Kirschner and his team once again as the leading organisers here! In 2024, our IAD initiatives will be continued in our expert groups, in some cases combined with their own meetings. I would like to thank all the expert group leaders as well as the country representatives for their initiatives and the associated support for the IAD.
The next IAD meeting, 26th IAD conference, is planned for 2025 in Bulgaria. We will of course publish the corresponding calls in our organs, so later as announcement on our IAD website, and also in the Danube News (www.danube-iad.eu). I would like to thank especially Katrin Teubner and Gertrud Haidvogl  for their work on the IAD website and for taking the lead in editing Danube News. Thanks also to Cristina Sandu for her support as Vice President.
The next Joint Danube Survey (JDS5) of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) also will be in 2025, certainly provide interesting results on the state of "our" river. With regard to the ICPDR, the IAD Presidium is regularly represented at meetings, such as the 26th ICPDR Ordinary Meeting in Vienna in December 2023. The ICPDR is divided into Expert and Task Groups and, as an ICPDR Observer, the IAD can participate in these groups. Limited IAD presidium participation in the twelve ICPDR working groups (see: https://www.icpdr.org/about-icpdr/framework/about-us), however, is due to time constraints, but there's potential for increased interest among IAD members. If you are interested in participating in these groups, please contact me (bernd.cyffka@ku.de).
I wish you a good start to 2024 and hope to meet some of you in person over the course of the year.
Prof. Bernd Cyffka, President of IAD


Season's Greetings!

On behalf of the Presidium of the International Association for Danube Research (IAD) I thank all members and friends of IAD for their active support and cooperation the recent months, and wish you Happy New Year 2024.

PD Dr. Katrin Teubner, General Secretary of IAD


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.