IDM Podcast

The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) is a non-university research institution registered as an association and predominantly financed by public funds. Founded in 1953, the Vienna-based institute carries out fundamental research and mediation work with a regional focus on Central, East and South East Europe. We are a think tank and a platform for actors and stakeholders from academia, politics, economy, administration, culture, media and civil society. In addition to research, our activities focus on knowledge transfer and science communication through events, publications and educational programs.


In line with our slogan European perspectives — Regional actions. Cooperation and expertise since 1953, the experts of IDM follow a pro-European approach in order to implement regional actions. We aim to enhance cross-border cooperation, dialogue and knowledge exchange in the region and beyond. Our work is based on the principles of liberal democracy and shared values, goals and visions with our neighbours.

With this IDM Podcast Series, we expand our formats in providing our knowledge and expertise to a wider audience. You can expect high quality discussions about recent topics concerning the Danube Region, Central and South East Europe.

Emma Hontebeyrie

Born and raised in France, Emma graduated with a degree in Critical and Cultural studies. Since summer 2020, she has been living in Vienna where she works as a Journalist. Emma is producing the IDM Podcast series as well as hosting some of its episodes.

Sebastian Schäffer

Sebastian Schäffer is Managing Director at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) as well as Secretary General of the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) in Vienna. He is the founder of SeminarsSimulationsConsulting (SSC) Europe and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Europe at GLOBSEC, a Bratislava-based Think Tank. Sebastian holds an Honor’s Master’s degree in East European studies (major: legal studies, minor: history) from the University of Regensburg and an M.A. degree from LMU, where he studied Political Science, European Law, and Slavonic Studies.

Daniela Apaydın (Neubacher)

Daniela Apaydın (former Neubacher) studied Journalism and Communications in Graz and St. Petersburg as well as Central European Studies at the Andrássy University Budapest. Since 2018 she has been working as a Research Associate at the IDM, being responsible for publications including the thematic issue “Info Europa”. In her research she focuses on the history of civil society and social movements.

Malwina Talik

Research Associate and Social Media Manager at the IDM. Malwina holds a European Master degree in Global Studies (EMGS) (University of Leipzig/University of Vienna/Fudan University Shanghai), she has previously worked at the Viennese office of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Polish Embassy in Vienna. She is also a volunteer translator at Amnesty International Poland.

Daniel Martínek

Daniel Martínek studied Modern History at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and at the University of Bologna. As a PhD candidate, his research focus lies on international relations, nationalism and liberalism as phenomena of 19th century Europe. After various research stays and internships, he has been working as Research Associate at IDM since 2018. Both his academic and professional area of interest includes the countries of Central Europe with particular focus on Austria and Visegrad countries.