Dokulil, Martin; Hein, Thomas; Janauer, Georg; Teodorovic, Ivava
Large Rivers Vol. 18, No. 1-2, p. 3-6, Mai 2008 Fundam. Appl. Limnol. /Arch. Hydrobiol. Suppl. 166, No. 1-2 Preface This special issue on the 36th IAD conference in the Large Rivers supplement series of “Fundamental and Applied Limnology/Archiv für Hydrobiologie” presents a selection of papers representing the key topics of the conference. This conference celebrated the 50 years anniversary of the IAD, the International Association for Danube Research, which was held in Vienna from 4 to 8 September, 2006. The general motto was DANUBE. RIVER. LIFE. DANUBE - The ribbon that ties together the West, the Centre, and the East of Europe. A river that unites the greatest number of nations found in any river basin in the world. RIVER - Engraving its course into a continent of change. Seas and lakes long vanished, but the Danube still shapes its course. LIFE - Organisms travelling along the river’s course and finding refuge when displaced in the adjacent landscape by man. The scope and aim of the 36th conference was to highlight the role of the River Danube as geographical and historical link between the Central and South East European countries. Recent research and management issues related to the Danube River basin form the basis for the meeting and review past and future activities of the International Association for Danube Research (IAD). Founded in 1956, the IAD formed the interface between science, administration and water management in its widest sense. Triggered by the common water policy of the EU, best represented by the Water Framework Directive (WFD) of the European Communities, the IAD has a wider field than ever to which it can contribute its knowledge and expertise, not to forget its role in bringing together people and organizations from the whole Danube basin.