About our organisation
Multi- and inter-disciplinary research has started on a national level already in the 1960s: the oldest pertinent organisations are our French and German partners CEDECE and AEI, founded in 1963 and 1964, respectively in the wake of the Elysée-treaty between France and the Federal Republic of Germany. Finally, to foster academic co-operation beyond borders, in 1987 ECSA (European Community Studies Association) was founded and developed into a successful international research co-operation.
ECSA is organised on two levels: The liaison organisation comprises the ECSAs from the EU Member States and numerous other countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia - among them Brazil, India, Japan, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Switzerland, and the US. Apart from these national organisations, regional organisations for Central America/Caribbean, Latin America and Asia-Pacific are part of ECSA. 10,000 researchers around the globe are member of ECSA and the network links renowned universities, research institutions and researchers from pertinent disciplines.
ECSA Austria was founded in Vienna on September 11, 1996 as an association under Austrian law. It aims at promoting inter-disciplinary academic research in the field of European integration and the dissemination of information on the European Union, mainly, but not exclusively, in the area of higher education. Currently, ECSA Austria has about 160 members. In July 1998 we managed to establish a secretariat to conduct day-to-day business, thus providing for an extension of the association's range.
The focuses of ECSA Austria's work are:
- Promotion of research co-operations among Austrian researchers in the field of European integration and co-operations of Austrian researchers with researchers from other ECSA organisations;
- holding of events;
- publication activities;
- co-operation with similar organisations in Austria and abroad, particularly with ECSA organisations.