There is no uniform specialized training on flood management in the Danube region as EUSDR PA5 realized after the survey made in the Danube basin following the catastrophic flood events of 2013 and 2014. Findings of the survey were summarized in 7 measures of the Danube Region Operative Flood Management and Cooperation Programme (DR Oper & Cooper) which was adopted during the 9thSteering Group Meeting of EUSDR PA5 on 28/04/2015. The 6th measure namely to develop an education/training network was defined as an essential need in the region which was later incorporated into the 1st Danube Region Flood Risk Management Plan (DFRMP) of ICPDR.


The lack of the dissemination of specific knowledge and practical solutions in flood protection hinders the implementation of the EU Floods Directive and the Danube Basin Flood Risk Management Plan. There is a need to harmonize flood risk management methodologies. There is no emphasis in the Civil engineering curricula on flood issues, international professional networks and/or international project initiatives in the subject are scarce.


The main objective of the project is to develop a harmonized, international postgraduate course on flood and flood risk management that integrates the knowledge of all participating partners and involves the expertise of Danube region professionals during this process. The result will be a comprehensive flood management curriculum and e-learning materials, that offer a professional development possibility for Civil engineers.


The DSPF project will provide for the possibility of unique education based on EU directives EUSDR PA5  and DFRMP needs and state-of-the-art research results, as well as extensive operative experience of the future-to-be lecturers. The course will be implemented in co-operation with the partners, offering an international overview for participants.


The consortium is led by the Hungarian National University of Public Service Faculty of Water Sciences which has almost 15 years of experience in Hungary in postgraduate flood protection engineer education and more than 200 experts graduated. The partnership consists of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, and the University of Belgrade together with the observer status of the General Directorate of Water Management (OVF, Hungary) and the Zakarpattia Oblast Center for Hydrometeorology (Ukraine).


The project has around 97.000 EUR budget and it was submitted with the support of EUSDR PA5 to the Danube Strategic Project Fund (DSPF) in March 2017 and selected for funding by the independent Jury of DSPF in October 2017.


The program and presentations of the project opening conference can be reached here.



Number of Project Partners: 3 partners + 2 observers

Project Budget: 97 000 EUR

Lead Partner: National University of Public Service, Faculty of Water Sciences (HU)

Contact Person: Enikő Anna Tamás,  International co-ordinator

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