To facilitate cross-border networking in the field of research on Europe, ECSA (European Community Studies Association) was founded in 1987, quite some time after the first interdisciplinary associations dedicated to research on European integration have been founded in the early 1960s. In the meantime this organisation has become one of the most successful and far reaching research co-operation projects.
ECSA is organised on two levels: The national ECSA associations and ECSA World as a liaison-organisation, comprising the ECSA-organisations of the EU-member states (all except Luxembourg), Turkey as a candidate country and another 32 countries in Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australia, such as Canada, Japan, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Switzerland, the US, etc. As an addition to these associations on a national level, regional organisations are operational for Central America/Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia/Pacific.
Similar to the ECSA liaison-organisation, national ECSA-associations are dedicated to pluridiscipline scientific co-operation in the field of research on Europe. Today ECSA has got about 10,000 members all over the world. The organisation links the most distinguished universities, institutes and scientists of the branch.
ECSA Austria was founded in Vienna on September 11, 1996, as an association according to Austrian law, aiming at the promotion of pluridiscipline scientific research on Europe and the promulgation of information on the European Union with the Austrian universities and other scientific organisations. Today, ECSA Austria comprises about 160 members. Since July, 1998, we maintain a permanent office, consequently being able to intensify our work.
In order to achieve the aims mentioned above, ECSA Austria is active in the following areas:
- promotion of research co-operations among Austrian researchers and between them and foreign scientists
- organisation of lectures and conferences
- editing publications such as conference proceedings
- co-operation with related associations in Austria and elsewhere, in particular with the ECSA liaison-organisation and other national ECSA-associations.