Act together, act now!

General Information

The project, supported by the Danube Small Project Fund for Culture (DSPF), aims to bring together conservationists and artists with a Danube focus. Strengthening cooperation between them across the borders of the three Danube countries Austria, Hungary and Romania has the potential to combine rationality with emotion. It shows conservationists and artists dealing with the fate of the river and its ecosystems, explains how they use it and how they adapt to climatic and cultural challenges. By strengthening relationships between artistic and scientific activists, the project aims to create a space for mutual inspiration to think beyond the boundaries of their disciplines, methods and countries. The result will be a collection of journalistic portraits in combination with a hybrid photo exhibition, which will be accessible via the website and in the premises of the project partner, the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM).

Project management:

Anita Gócza

Responsible at the IDM:

Dr. Daniela Apaydin (until 02.2023); Melanie Jaindl, MA (since 02.2023)


Project together with the University for Continuing Education Krems – European Dis/Orders

“Climate crisis,” “migration crisis,” “populism,” “economic crisis” – in the news and public discourse, various crises that threaten our societal “order” are being discussed. The project “European Dis/Orders” (at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe in cooperation with the University for Continuing Education Krems) has a dual purpose. First, it aims to explore the diverse usage of the concepts of “order” and “disorder” in public discourses and their conceptual understanding from a theoretical standpoint. Second, the project seeks to examine specific thematic and regional case studies through the lenses of “order” and “disorder.”

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– Concepts of “order” and “disorder” (in politics, law, sociology, history, art)

– Analysis of concepts of “order” and manifestations of “disorder” in the East Central and Southeastern Europe

– Analysis of selected case studies from the region

– Ongoing monitoring of developments in the case studies

– Themes: “crisis of democracy” / “crisis in the democracy,” populism, ethnonationalism / multiculturalism, legal pluralism, religious pluralism, art and politics, sustainability etc.

– Annual conferences on specific topics (publication of the conference papers)



– Dr. Dr. Péter Techet, PhD, MA, LL.M (IDM)

– Mag.a Rebecca Thorne MA (IDM)

– from the University for Continuing Education Krems: Mag.a Dr.a Christina Hainzl


“Order” / “Disorder”

“Order” is commonly perceived as a positive value, while “disorder” is often equated with a “crisis.” “Order” is also frequently linked with the notion of “normality,” justifying the existing status quo and labeling anything deviating as “abnormal.” However, the static concept of “order” contradicts the essence of a democratic and pluralistic society, which should continuously change and remain adaptable / resilient.

The project’s primary objective is to challenge this ideological distinction between “order” and “disorder.”


“Universalism” / “Particularism”

While modernity aspires to universality (statehood, “master narratives,” system theories, human rights, etc.), the postmodern era is characterized by the fragmentation of knowledge, multiple identities, divided sovereignties, and other elements reminiscent of early modern and premodern particularisms. The current “crises” can be seen as a transitional process between modern and postmodern ideals and realities or as a “crisis of universalism.”

The project’s goal is to explore the relationship between “order” and “disorder” within the context of “universalism” and “particularism.”


“Crisis in Democracy” / “Crisis of Democracy”

By understanding democracy as “rule for a limited time” (Oliver Lepsius), the so-called “crises” and “disorders” can be reinterpreted in a positive sense as essential dynamics within a pluralist society. Democracy inherently requires change, marked by the variability of majority and minority relations. As a result, it does not necessitate or presuppose a fixed “order” but rather a dynamic, ongoing process – in this sense, a “disorder.”

The project distinguishes between “crisis in democracy” and “crisis of democracy.” While the “crises” (as constant dynamics) are inherent to the nature of democracy, the “crisis of democracy” occurs when an “order” (in a populist, i.e., anti-pluralistic sense) is promised and enforced.

The project aims to investigate the various crisis phenomena in the democracies of East Central and Southeastern European countries to assess whether they reflect pluralistic dynamics (“crisis in democracy”) and, as a result, do not pose a threat to democracy, or whether they jeopardize this pluralistic dynamic (“crisis of democracy”).

Case Studies from East-Central and Southeastern Europe


The project aims to evaluate and analyze case studies on crisis (societal polarization, anti-elitist discourses, corruption, populism, “illiberal democracy,” ethnicization of politics, migration, sustainability, protests in art, etc.) with a strong focus on East-Central and Southeastern Europe, based on the conceptual differentiation between “crisis in democracy” and “crisis of democracy,” and “order” and “disorder”.

(Case studies to follow soon)


RII Menschenhandel

 Regional Implementation Initiative (RII)

Mechanisms of Modernization and Nation State Institutionalization in Central and Eastern Europe, 19th-21st c.

The Project is dedicated to a comparative analysis, from historical and political sciences perspectives, of the matrixes of modernity countries selected from South-Eastern and Central Europe have incompletely followed from mid-XIXth century to nowadays. The targeted countries are Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Hungary. Local academic projects with similar scopes have been written in the past decades, and have grown into various theories of “applied”/”imported”/ “naturally grown” processes of modernization, but larger regional analysis has but barely touched upon the matter. The Project will involve large horizontal cooperation between clusters of academics and researchers from the above-mentioned countries, will sustain contacts and academic exchanges between scholars, public intellectuals, journalists, and policy-makers from the above-mentioned countries. The Project aims at publishing partial and definitive results of research, and may be relevant to the European present and future.
The Project is funded by 

  • Projektzeitraum2019-2023
  • ProjektleitungMihai Razvan Ungureanu
  • Projektmitarbeiterinnen: Carmen Bendovski

Interprofessional, student-run, primary Care clinics (I Care)


This EU project targets the implementation of new tools and technologies, skills, innovative training and student internship, teaching methods for active university-healthcare sector collaboration in primary health care.

Project name

Interprofessional, student-run, primary Care clinics: A university-enterprise knowledge triangle cooperation approach (I Care)

Project manager
Mosad Zineldin

Other project members
Teachers/researchers from different departments within health sciences at Linnaeus University

Participating organizations
From the EU: Linnaeus University; Università degli studi di Genova, Italy; Polytechnio Kritis, Greece; Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Estonia; Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Austria
From Egypt: Alexandria University, Assiut University, Al-Azhar University, Helwan University, Badr University, The British University in Egypt, International For Applied Science And Technology
From Lebanon: Notre Dame University, Beirut Arab University, Modern University for Business & Science, LEAD Healthcare Consultancy

EU/EACEA Erasmus+ Capacity Building

15 Jan 2021–14 Jan 2024

Medicine, health science (Department of Medicine and Optometry, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

More about the project

This I Care joint EU project contributes to strengthening the capacities of the higher education partner universities and institutions of the programme countries Sweden, Italy, Austria, Estonia and Greece in the partner countries Egypt and Lebanon. This is done by targeting the implementation of new tools and technologies, skills, innovative training and student internship, teaching methods for active and university-healthcare sector collaboration in primary health care. By choosing this theme, the project fits perfectly into the field of “bringing universities together, by strengthening health sciences curricula (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and nursing, allied health services, psychology, etc) through the  development of university-health sector I Care clinic centres.

This project will develop and establish I Care centres and clinics which provide education, training, research, primary health care patient treatment and community engagement. Some benefits of the inter-professional, student-led clinic (SLC) model are:

  1. For the medical and healthcare science students: an opportunity to develop clinical skills within a supervised environment.
  2. For patients: increased access for underserved and disadvantaged communities to free health care services.

The main objective of this project and the IPC/IPE model is to strengthen the university-enterprise (healthcare sittings) cooperation, and also to allow students to directly contribute to patient health and feel valued for what they can provide the society with during their training.

Further information:

  • Projektzeitraum2021 – 2024



The First ICU/ICARE Meeting in Vienna

The Second ICU/ICARE Meeting in Vienna

ICU RERE – Knowledge triangle, innovation: Reinforcing of Education, Research and e-Health


The main objectives of this project are:
1) To establish and sustain effective Industry cooperating with University (ICU) Centres of e-health Innovations at some partner universities in LB and EG (LEG)
2) To develop a web platform based on Knowledge Triangle, innovation approach to develop and commercialize of e- Health innovative technologies and tools.
3) To develop a new integrated professional short term (6 months) and long term (one year) diploma program in e. Health and Medical informatics
4) To develop in-service lifelong learning training (LLT) program in the area of e-health innovative Medical/health/IT/ engineering.Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Project
EU Project Reference: 609506-EPP-1-2019-1-SE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Collaborative project of 20 EU and non-EU partner institutions
Coordinator & contractor: Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, Sweden 

Collaboration between universities and industries is critical for skills development, the generation, acquisition and adoption of knowledge and the promotion of entrepreneurship. Through collaborative interchange, the university becomes “a more vigorous partner in the search for answers” . The social and economic community provides a context for civic discourse and the reciprocal, interactional creation of knowledge. Community engaged education establishes the context for the exploration of pressing and complex problems, of which e-health and medical informatics is an example. Out of this reciprocal need comes the development of a model for interdisciplinary education that centers community as the context for learning. This model represents the theoretical and physical space where the university joins with others to address complex issues.

The consortium consists of 20 experienced partners, which have different levels of knowledge and skills in the fields of e- Health and Medical Informatics, as well as independent think tanks like the IDM, universities and NGO’s. The partnership has the necessary capacity to implement the project and achieve the expected outcomes. It will have an important impact on students, on the higher education institutions involved & on society at large such as increasing the number of MOU signed with health enterprises & increase the number of placements and job opportunities.

Official website of the project:

  • Projektzeitraum2019-2022



The First ICU/ICARE Meeting in Vienna

The Second ICU/ICARE Meeting in Vienna