The Joint Danube Survey 3 attracts significant international cooperation from all Danube countries from Germany to Ukraine, including EU and non-EU members. The full-time International Team travelling almost the entire length of the Danube includes 18 scientists from Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.

The team uses up to four boats donated from different countries and institutions. Teams of national scientists help with sampling and testing on board the ships on river stretches within their countries.

Two ships will lead the expedition. Serbia’s Argus, the main laboratory ship during both previous surveys, was recently completely refurbished and includes instruments such as a continuous flow centrifuge, sieving machine, microscope, incubators and refrigerators. Romania’s Istros is a coastal and river research ship with six cabins, a laboratory and dining room.

For the fish sampling in the German Danube, the fish samples will be collected by the German team. For the fish survey in the Austrian reach of the Danube, Austria’s Via Donau is providing an in-kind donation of the Meßschiff IV vessel. For the fish survey from the Austria-Slovak border until the final destination, the Austrian ship Wien will be available with a smaller boat (Meßschiff I) fixed aside to provide living and working space for five to seven people.

Significant support is also provided by private sector companies operating in the Danube Basin. These include direct financial support from Donau Chemie, Coca-Cola Hellenic and The Coca-Cola Company. These companies are introduced in more detail below.

Local authorities and the media living near the Danube also helped in raising awareness and concern about Danube pollution and the need for everyone to participate in making it clean and healthy.

Donau Chemie Group

The Donau Chemie Group with nearly 900 employees and in eleven countries has its headquarters in Vienna/Austria. It is a leading company in the chemical industry. The portfolio ranges from production and distribution of basic chemicals complemented by a range of services for sewage treatment and purification of drinking water, manufacture of application-specific compounds, the production and distribution of activated carbons, lease and sale of filters, and production of consumer goods in the field of cosmetics, household and technology.

Safety, environment and quality are the three foundations of Donau Chemie. It complies with these premises by following the principle of responsible acting. Donau Chemie's quality connotation does not only cover products, but actions focused upon quality in all fields. Be it the respectful interpersonal dealings of its employees, the devices for safety and environmental protection or the information-culture in the entire company. For more Information, please visit

Coca-Cola Hellenic

Coca-Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca-Cola Company with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic reach with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 560 million people. Coca-Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca-Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. 

This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting our business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities. Coca-Cola Hellenic‘s shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca-Cola Hellenic’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH). Coca-Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information, please visit

The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola®, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero®, vitaminwater®, POWERADE®, Minute Maid®, Simply® and Georgia Coffee®. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees.

Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at