Gerhard Mayer, heads a medium-sized family company since 1980. He studied mathematics, economics and philosophy in Tübingen and London. And has been doing research and teaching at various Universities such as the University of Hohenheim (1981-83), the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (1983-1985), and since 1995 the University of Applied Sciences Neu Ulm (HNU), where he has been appointed as honorary professor in 2003. At the HNU he was Chairman of the University Council (2000-2007). Since 2013, he has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
For the last 15 years, Gerhard Mayer has been a strong supporter of the Danube Region integration process. He contributed in various Danube related projects and is a founding member and shareholder of European Danube Academy gGmbH, where he acts as Chairman of the Academic Council (since 2010).
In the name of the European Danube Academy, Professor Mayer has conceptualized and actively promoted the study program “Master of Danube Studies”, that is still in its preparatory phase. Moreover, he initiated and conceptualized the Danube Schools since 2014
Paul F. Langer
Paul F. Langer, is research associate and PhD candidate at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Germany. He holds a MSc in Economics and International Strategy from the University of St Andrews, UK and a economics BSc degree from the University of Freiburg. He had stints with Siemens, the German International Cooperation agency (GIZ) and the European Energy Exchange (EEX) and also works on own ventures such as CONCIVIS, balmyou and DENK GLOBAL!.
For the last 15 years he was also involved in multiple Danube Region related projects such as the Projects Duna Romani Luma, Open Danube and the INTERREG Project CultPlatForm_21. Together with Gerhard Mayer, he has initiated the first Danube Summer School in 2014. Since then he manages and coordinates the Danube School series.
Tanja Reißer-Salzmann is a PhD student of Historical and Cultural Anthropology (“Empirische Kulturwissenschaft”) at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is writing her PhD about the cultural dimension of the EUSDR with focus on transnational and trans-cultural cooperation and the role of the cities along the Danube River.
In addition she works as international project coordinator in a local NGO in Stuttgart and works as freelance trainer in the field of intercultural communication. As Alumni of the 3rd Danube School, research student of the University of Tübingen and Danube Region expert, she joint the Danube School management team in 2016 and helps to foster the Danube Region wide Danube School network.