Daniel Martínek studied Modern History at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (ZCU) and at the University of Bologna. As a PhD candidate at the ZCU, his research focus lies on International Relations and Nationalism as phenomena of 19th century Europe. After various research stays and internships, he has been working as Research Associate at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) as well as the Manager of the Permanent Secretariat of the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) in Vienna since 2018. In addition to his research activities in the areas of International relations, Nationalism, Liberalism and Democracy, he has extensive experience in international, cross-border and regional cooperation as well as knowledge of the macro-regional strategies of the EU. Both his academic and professional area of interest includes the countries of Central Europe with particular focus on Austria and Visegrad countries. He was awarded the Danubius Young Scientist Award 2018.