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Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)

Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM)

A-1090 Vienna, Hahngasse 6/1/24
Tel.: + 43 1 319 72 58
Fax: + 43 1 319 72 58-4
E-mail: idm@idm.at

50 Years of Research for the Danube Region
The IDM was founded in 1953 as the “Research Institute for Issues of the Danube Region”. As an Austrian scientific institution, it was dedicated specifically to research on the Danube region.
In 1993 the Institute was renamed as the “Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe” (IDM).
Today the IDM is an extramural research institution based on an association – constituted by individual and corporate members – with its head office in Vienna.
The Institute is funded by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Federal Ministries of Science and Research, of Education, the Arts and Culture, of European and International Affairs and of Economics and Labour as well as by individual provinces, cities, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, the Federation of Austrian Industry, the Austrian Central Bank and private sponsors.

Facilitator and clearinghouse
As a gateway and a facilitator institution the IDM makes an important contribution to co-operation in the fields of research, culture, politics, economics and administration. At the same time the IDM sees itself as a clearinghouse for concerns of the Danube region and Central and South East Europe, supporting the work of embassies, trade missions, cultural institutes and national tourist offices of the countries of the Danube region and Central and South East Europe in Austria, as well as the work of Austrian missions to these countries.
Since 1995 the chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) is the former Austrian vice-chancellor Dr. Erhard Busek.

As a think tank the IDM performs basic groundwork for government agencies and institutions in the fields of politics, education, research, culture and business and supports efforts in the Danube region and Central and Southeast Europe.

PR work
The IDM performs PR work and serves as a lobbyist for the region.

The IDM carries out research projects dealing with current political, sociological, social, economic, cultural and ethnic issues of the countries of the Danube region and Central Europe. The results are publicised by means of events and publications.

Next generation support
The IDM supports recent graduates and young professionals in research and practice.

Educational activities and events
In seminars, symposiums, summer schools and the post-graduate programme “Interdisciplinary Balkan Studies Vienna”, all with international participation, the IDM also serves as an institute of learning and training. In addition, the IDM organises expert meetings, conferences, workshops and lectures. In this context, cooperation with institutions that share the IDM’s goals is of particular significance.

Corporate services
On request the IDM will organise custom-tailored introductory and advanced seminars for companies (executive briefings).

• “Der Donauraum” (“The Danube Region”) – scientific journal of the Institute (quarterly/price per copy: € 9.60/subscription: € 34.50) – Böhlau publishing house, Sachsenplatz  4-6, A-1201 Vienna)
• “Buchreihe des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa” (“Book Series of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe”) – Böhlau publishing house
• “Das Magazin für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa” (“The Magazine for the Danube Region and Central Europe”) – issues on individual countries
• “IDM-Studien” (“IDM Studies”) – on topical issues
• “Info Europa” – journal on the enlarged EU (5 issues per year, subscription: € 40, reduced price € 15) with topical supplements
• “IDM-Info” – newsletter of the Institute including the programme of events (5 issues per year/subscription: € 15/free of charge for members of the Institute)

The IDM maintains a documentation centre and a magazine reading room with specialised publications on current developments in the countries of the Danube region and Central and Southeast Europe. Documentation is supplemented by regular reports provided by country correspondents working for the Institute on a voluntary basis.
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