Research at Danube University Krems is centered on contemporary and future challenges society faces. In a trans-disciplinary context we build bridges between basic research and practical application, between individual disciplines and – as befits a university for continuing education – most of all to society.

Basics and application in research are combined in the four research fields:

  • Cohesive and Innovative Societies
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Continuing Education Research

Research Fields

Cohesive and Innovative Societies

Migration, digitalization or sustainability poses great challenges on societies. Apart from ensuring cohesion concurrent renewal is of great importance, and innovation is respectively the crucial principle. Danube University Krems faces these challenges in research.

Therefore Danube University Krems conducts research on the impact digital change has on organizations, data security and law; on the consequences migration causes for economy and society, on life-cycle cost in the construction, energy efficiency and sensor systems; on knowledge transfer within organizations; and on the development concerning Europe's democracy.

Cultural Heritage

Historic buildings, works of art or collection items: Europe has a rich cultural heritage. Therefore the focus of research at Danube University Krems is laid on a proper preservation, the comprehensive protection of cultural goods and the handling of museum collections, both analog and digital.

The university's research concentrates among others on UNESCO world heritage sites, collections, on the preservation of cultural heritage, i.e. made of paper, and opens up towards media and digital art.

Regenerative Medicine

One of the big trends within medical development is rather "to regenerate instead of repairing". Research at Danube University Krems spans the range from the physics to the psyche of the people, of the cartilage defect up to consequences of stroke. Evidence-based research provides health information for lay people and economic analyses of the health system for the policy.

Danube University Krems undertakes research on tissue regeneration and replacement of cartilage; on extracorporeal blood purification and sepsis therapy; on medical technology and sensors; on the subject of a stroke with focus on cognitive damages, on psychosomatic disorders, as well on the evaluation of traumatized people after psychosocial interventions.

Continuing Education Research

Knowledge and education are for people and economies the key factors for future success. With its expertise in academic continuing education Danube University Krems undertakes research on the concept and impact of life-long learning, and to a result provides enhanced learning and teaching methods.

Among other topics Danube University Krems deals with applied learning research and life-phase oriented learning, including those of elderly people. Research on handling and managing knowledge; on the technological support of educational processes, digital media competence (e.g. e-portfolios and social media in education) as well as e-Learning is conducted by the University.


Danube University Krems particularly follows societal challenges and developments. Combining both basics and application in research, the University links by means of transdisciplinarity individual disciplines with knowledge derived from non-academic fields.


Research Clusters

The promotion of interdisciplinarity as a supplementary to research in the disciplines is supported by internal research groups working across all departments, faculties and disciplines or by courses and lectures at the PhD level.

Current interdisciplinary research groups of Danube University Krems:

  • Continuing education in prevention of dementia
  • Health in the age of migration

PhD programs:

Danube University Krems has established two fully in research integrated PhD programs, accredited by AQ Austria based on 2014 conferred right to promotion:

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