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 Salzmann-Reißer is assistant lecturer and PhD student of Historical and Cultural Anthropology (“Empirische Kulturwissenschaft”) at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is writing her PhD about transnational cooperation in the Danube Region. She is director of “Jugendwerk der AWO” in Stuttgart and coordinator of international and intercultural youth projects in Europe. Since 2017 she is also working as freelancer for the European Academy and is coordinating and organizing the Danube School Series.
Charlotte Meyer zu Bexten
Charlotte Meyer zu Bexten is a Master student of Historical and Cultural Anthropology („Empirische Kulturwissenschaft“) at the University of Tübingen, Germany. In her Bachelor thesis she developed a simulation game about environmental protection in the Danube region.
While interning at the communications departments of Daimler AG and the city council of Tübingen, she first attended Danube School in 2017 as a student. She joined the management team afterwards and since then takes care of organisation, partner acquisition and communications.
Joshua Wiedmann is a Master of Education student and teacher trainee in the fields of History Studies, German Studies and Classical philology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Additionally he is working as a freelance journalist and previously was a public relations manager for a division-one-club in the German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).
After assisting in the media department of the Danube School in 2018, he joined the management team in 2019 focusing on media and communcations development.