Best wishes from IAD Presidium
On behalf of the Presidium of the International Association for Danube Research I would like to thank all officers, members and friends of IAD for the continuous and active cooperation in 2015. Our scientific network depends on the Input of every Partner. So we are satisfied to see that with START Sturgeon a flagship project for the survival of Danube sturgeons could be brought on the way. Many thanks to all actors especially within the Danube Sturgeon Task Force. The Danube Region Invasive Alien Species Network has also started successfully and is connecting Partners in all Danube Region and beyond to fulfill the Needs of the new European Regulation. Finally we are heading in to the celebration year of sixty years of IAD, which is less leading us to backwarded memories, but much more to remind us on the value of Long-Lasting initiatives in a dynamic period with a lack of stable structures. So we were grateful that the president of the Austrian Federal Council Gottfried Kneifel invited IAD to the Austrian Houses of Parliament last month to celebrate our anniversary with a formal Enquete. We are looking forward to our next IAD conference in Sibiu, Romania, and will be happy to meet there in 2016!