Concept of the workshop:
Following the severe floods of 2013 and 2014 after a series of consultation with experts of water directorates EUSDR PA 5 (to manage environmental risks) members realized the need of the 14 Danube countries in 2015 to establish an international training and education network on flood protection. The topic was also included into the first Flood Risk Management Plan of the Danube Watershed prepared by ICPDR and endorsed by the ICPDR Ministerial Meeting with the Danube Declaration in February 2016. Last year with the coordination of the Danube Region Strategy (EUSDR PA5) the National University of Public Service Hungary signed a Collaboration Framework Agreement with German, Slovakian and Serbian universities in order to develop an international curriculum on flood protection engineering as the core of the proposed education network.
The objectives of the workshop are the following:
Providing information on recent activities related to flood protection in the Danube basin and its relation to transnational initiatives (e.g. EUSDR PA5, ICPDR);
Starting discussions and strengthening the networking activities of university representatives and vocational schools in the field of flood protection education and research;
Update on project financing possibilities (e.g. ERASMUS+, CEEPUS, DAAD, Horizon2020) and teacher/student exchange;
Support future initiatives related to flood protection education, training and research;
Enabling participating institutes to share promotional materials and brochures about their educational portfolio and main research activities.
The event also supports horizontal coordination between EUSDR Prioirty Areas 5 (Enivronmental Risks), 7 (Knowledge Society) and 9 (People&Skills).
The official invitation and draft agenda of the meeting can be found here together with the registration form.