The Danube Schools are part of a greater connection of networks and partnerships within the Danube region. They are a result of the work of several institutions, associations and active individuals. Since the European Commission adopted the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in 2010, there has been a growing demand for individuals who understand this complex region as well as the structures of the EU and other international and national institutions. As the EUSDR was implemented to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube region, there is a great demand of exchange of perspectives, knowledge and opinions through networking, open discussions and expertise.
PROF. GERHARD MAYER
Initiator & Founding Member EDA
For the last 15 years, Gerhard Mayer has been a strong supporter of the Danube Region integration process. He contributed in various Danube related projects and is a founding member and shareholder of European Danube Academy gGmbH, where he acts as Chairman of the Academic Council (since 2010).
In the name of the European Danube Academy, Professor Mayer has conceptualized and actively promoted the study program “Master of Danube Studies”, that is still in its preparatory phase. Moreover, he initiated and conceptualized the Danube Schools since 2014.
Tanja Salzmann-Reißer is assistant lecturer and PhD student of Historical and Cultural Anthropology (“Empirische Kulturwissenschaft”) at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is writing her PhD about transnational cooperation in the Danube Region. She is director of “Jugendwerk der AWO” in Stuttgart and coordinator of international and intercultural youth projects in Europe.
Since 2017 she is also working as freelancer for the European Academy and is coordinating and organizing the Danube School Series.
PAUL F. LANGER
Initiator & Coordinator
Paul F. Langer, is research associate and PhD candidate at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Germany. He holds a MSc in Economics and International Strategy from the University of St Andrews, UK and a economics BSc degree from the University of Freiburg.
For the last 15 years he was also involved in multiple Danube Region related projects. Together with Gerhard Mayer, he has initiated the first Danube Summer School in 2014. Since then he manages and coordinates the Danube School series.
DR. NOÉMI FÖLDES-CAPPELLOTTO
She is a research associate at the University of Ulm. She studied psychology in Budapest, Padua and Aachen. She also works as a freelancer for the Treatment Center for Torture Victims Ulm and is a main member of the International Advisory Board in Neu-Ulm,
where she is responsible for a project to promote psychosocial counseling and psychotherapeutic opportunities for foreigners. Since 2021 she works freelance as a Project Officer in the field of Danube Schools for the European Danube Academy.
He is a doctoral student at the Munich School of Philosophy and a research associate and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Neu-Ulm. He studied philosophy and and literature in Mainz and Groningen, and is currently researching economic and business ethics. After his studies, he gained several years of professional experience in communications agencies and in marketing and corporate communications. He has been part of the
Danube School Team of the European Danube Academy.
Danube Schools Series currently consists of four Danube Schools taking place in different countries and seasons.
All summer schools are separate units but strongly connected through topics, aims, backgrounds as well as through people and project ideas.
About the European Danube Academy
The European Danube Academy (EDA) has initiated the Danube School Series (DSS) in 2014. Apart from the DSS-Project the EDA generally fosters cooperation in science, education, culture, politics, and media in the Danube area. With its network and projects the EDA contributes to mutual cultural exchange and to the integration process in the South-Eastern European countries.
Since 2008, the EDA has become one of the major Danube platforms for the presentation and exchange of ideas, opinions, and information from all over the Danube region. With its manifold projects and publications, it is actively contributing to the success of the EU-Strategy for the Danube Region by fostering exchange, science and education.