The 2015 DIAnet International School (DIS) was the last
of three editions and was held in Gorizia (Italy) in March 2015.
The project cycle of the DIAnet schools on sustainable development in
the Danube Region has finally concluded with this edition on the
“Role of Cultural Heritage”, a thematic issue which has been addressed
with an interdisciplinary approach. Ten countries of the Danube region
were represented by 39 participants from 16 Universities.
During the School, training was ensured through a blend of lectures,
excursions and project group work. The Welcome Ceremony
opened with the address by the Rector of the University of
Trieste, followed by the Deputy-Mayor of Gorizia.
These Proceedings include the presentations on “War, colonization
and trade in the Danube Basin in the modern era: some sustainabilityrelated
issues” by Prof. Marco Dogo, the School Director, and
“The Role of Cultural Heritage in the Danube River Basin” by Prof.
Verena Winiwarter, the Danube:Future Project Coordinator. Six project
ideas were drafted by the School participants with the assistance of two
facilitators from the University of Novi Sad, the leading partner.
A final evaluation of the event by Prof. Manuela Montagnari,
the School Deputy-Director, can be found at the end of this book
as well as some final considerations concerning the results
and achievements of the three-year project.
The DIAnet International School is part of the Capacity Building
Module of Danube:Future – A sustainable future for the Danube
River Basin as a challenge for interdisciplinary humanities,
a Flagship project of EUSDR PA7 – Knowledge Society.
Stefano Brumat He is the Project Administrator of the Danube:Future project and
organizer of the DIAnet International Schools. Since 2009, he works at
the University of Trieste where he currently attends to the development
and management of EU-financed regional and transnational projects.
Il settore del trasporto merci rappresenta una forza trainante della crescita economica
globale, con il trasporto su strada preferito rispetto a tutte le altre modalità. I camion
medi e pesanti, pur rappresentando una quota molto limitata dei veicoli su strada,
contribuiscono in modo rilevante alle emissioni di CO2 e di inquinanti locali. Il diesel si
dimostra, infatti, ancora il vettore energetico più utilizzato e conveniente per gli operatori dei trasporti. Allo scopo di raggiungere gli ambiziosi obiettivi di neutralità climatica, due tecnologie molto promettenti che possono contribuire a decarbonizzare il settore dei trasporti pesanti sono rappresentate dai veicoli elettrici a batterie e da quelli a celle a combustibile a idrogeno. Il saggio confronta le due tecnologie, evidenziando potenzialità e limiti nella loro adozione.
The project “Former Socialist Countries Open their Past to Europe” (SCOPE) focuses on gathering cultural
heritage (CH) in the form of documents and personal testimonies from the former socialist countries (FSC) in
the Danube Region. The main goals are to create an extensive database (DB) of the publicly available and
newly collected documents, and to develop a user-friendly application for data search and analysis. The collection
of available documents will be examined by group of historians to select significant CH movements
on a specific geographical area. Innovative tools, SCOPE website and application, will provide effective
research and analysis of documents in a new, standardized database. SCOPE tools allow quick searching of
all available documents using keywords or phrases; classification of results according to geographical position/
dates/types/historical impact; and graphical illustration of activities against the socialist/communist
regimes through the defined period of time. The novelty of the project is the use of the ‘citizen science’
approach to acquire personal testimonies of cultural opposition movements during the communist period
through SCOPE tools. An interactive part of SCOPE application will collect users’ feedback in order to analyze
if the documents serve the purpose of awareness raising on the anti-communist past among EU citizens.
Rural areas in the Danube Region face economic, societal, cultural and environmental challenges. They
are rich in diverse cultural heritage which is often neglected and not taken into consideration as a potential
resource for development. Wood resources form an integral part of tangible and intangible cultural
heritage. As an environmentally friendly material, wood can play an important role in sustainable development.
Valorization of wood traditions according to present needs may help to mitigate and overcome
problems of rural areas. The general objective of the project is the sustainable rural development through
valorization of wood cultural heritage. Wood cultural heritage may be seen as an asset to enhance economic
development in rural areas. Transfer of knowledge on wood cultural heritage and its importance
will improve the social relations in local communities and raise awareness on environmental issues.