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Introducing bronze sponsor of the...

AVL-AST

AVL-AST Ltd Croatia was founded in 1996 with headquarters in Zagreb as a member of the AVL List GmbH. As a strategic partner, it is mainly oriented to software production, electrification, creation and implementation of software solutions for simulation, testing and optimization of all types of propulsion systems for passenger and commercial vehicles. AVL-AST is a significant partner to a large number of car manufacturers worldwide who, due to stringent environmental standards and fuel consumption reduction, need to continuously improve their products.

 

Belupo

Belupo d.d. is a regional pharmaceutical company founded in 1971 and located in Koprivnica. Its main activity is the production and sale of a variety of pharmaceutical preparations, and it is the leader in the cardiovascular and dermatological program. Today, Belupo is unambiguously one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Croatia in terms of market share. In addition to Croatia, Belupo also operates in 18 European pharmaceutical markets, with a clear focus on conquering new markets to continue its growth. The employees are the strength of Belupo. Their enthusiasm, desire to prove themselves, dedication to work, loyalty and balance of experience and youth enabled Belupo to grow over all these years. About 1,500 employees live and work with Belupo. Together with his employees, but also friends and partners, Belupo is celebrating common achievements for 50 years, living the same values, sharing the same uncertainties, and most important, preserving health and life.

 

Rofa

ROFA d.o.o. is a member of the international group ROFA from Vienna, a supplier of laboratory and process equipment for fuel testing and other laboratory equipment from the production program of its principals. Since 1997, ROFA has also had an office in Croatia due to better and faster support from its numerous customers in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The field of activity of the company has expanded to water and ecology, where they offer from laboratory equipment to monitoring and continuous monitoring systems. ROFA also offers a wide range of XRD and WD-XRF equipment for various applications in the field of quality control, research and development, from universities, control laboratories, industries, refineries, etc.

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Introducing silver sponsor of the...

KPMG Croatia

KPMG has been operating on the Croatian market for 28 years, providing professional services in the field of auditing, tax consulting, accounting, law, transaction and financial consulting, business consulting as well as consulting related to financial risk management and consulting on compliance with regulatory requirements. The core value of this company is the knowledge of more than 227,000 employees from 146 countries and territories, which supports the industry specialization program. Every year, they are joined by managers, experts and graduates of the best universities and colleges. Clients include some of the largest domestic and international companies, governments and public sector agencies as well as non-profit organizations that see KPMG as a high standard of service.

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Introducing golden sponsors of the...

Ericsson Nikola Tesla Group

Ericsson Nikola Tesla Group is a regional provider of information-communication products and services in the operator segment, and a supplier of innovative information and communication solutions related to e-health, transport, public administration, e-environment, utilities, and multimedia communication. Their main values are professionalism, persistence, respect, and integrity, and they are open to all who share the same values and appreciate expertise and knowledge. Being an employee of this company provides an exquisite opportunity to work with the latest technologies, tackle challenging projects in international teams, participate in knowledge-sharing sessions, code reviews, as well as continuous training and certification.

 

IN2 Group

IN2 Group has been developing software for a number of industry verticals and has acquired experience in the development and implementation of solutions in almost all business branches. The Group operates in 5 countries in the region, with more than 300 clients. This year IN2 Group celebrates 30 years in business. Thanks to continued investment in its people and technology, creative thinking, which is always ahead of its time, and perseverance, IN2 has a clear business vision and strategy for further development. The greatest value of IN2 Group is their employees and their personal and professional development which leads to the success and growth of the company. In a wide range of activities and various projects, motivated and enthusiastic individuals can find a place in which they can give their best.

 

INETEC

INETEC is a Croatian high-tech company that has been operating on the global market for more than 30 years. The company develops and manufactures robots, instruments, software and probes for non - destructive testing in the nuclear, aerospace and medical industries. The key to success is a collaboration among diverse teams of experts - robotics, electronics, software and many others. Every employee is provided with mentoring and works with highly qualified experts. One of the unique projects INETEC is currently working on is the development of robotic systems for the ITER project - the world's largest experimental fusion reactor. The company also participates in numerous research and development projects in cooperation with universities and scientific institutions. The most important resources of the organization are our members, their knowledge, skills, values and motivation.

 

JANAF

JADRANSKI NAFTOVOD, dioničko društvo (JANAF Plc.), with its registered office in Zagreb, Republic of Croatia, is managing an oil pipeline and storage system as a modern, efficacious and cost-efficient system of transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products. This oil pipeline system was designed and built in the period from 1974 to 1979 as an efficient oil transport system for both local and foreign users. By constructing and putting into operation the oil pipeline and storage system (1979) JANAF has become a strategically significant factor of supply security of the refineries in six countries of South Eastern and Central Europe, and today, is recognized as the EU strategic oil pipeline, through the project of common interest (PCI), entitled JANAF-Adria Pipelines. Besides crude oil transportation, JANAF’s core business includes storage of crude oil and petroleum products.

 

Oikon

OIKON Ltd - Institute of Applied Ecology is a leading licensed and accredited consulting company/research institute in the field of applied ecology in Croatia and the region with 24 years of experience. Oikon's specialties are nature and environmental protection, natural resource management, landscape analysis and design, industrial ecology, ecological modeling, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, environmental law, policy and economics, project management, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). Such a broad range of activities requires a broad range of expertise. Oikon employs experts covering as many as 16 disciplines. In addition to Croatia, Oikon has extensive experience in projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia, Albania, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Cyprus, and collaborates with leading consulting firms throughout Europe.

 

Selvita

Selvita Ltd is a company that provides services in the area of pre-clinical drug discovery to biotech and pharma companies both in Croatia and worldwide. The services cover the areas of chemistry, biology, biomedicine, veterinary and pharmaceutical sciences. Together with our clients – scientists from all over the World, we work on projects with the goal to discover and bring new drugs to the market.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Dear participants of the Symposium,

we inform you that the Symposium Sponsors Brochure 2022 has been published and you can find it at the following LINK or at the bottom of this page in the Repository.

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Thank you to our Symposium sponsors 2022

We would like to thank the sponsors who recognized the importance of the 6th Faculty of Science PhD Student Symposium 2022 by supporting its organization, with the hope that even stronger cooperation will be achieved in the coming years. Sponsors are listed in alphabetical order within categories. 

The following legal entities responded to the invitation for sponsorship:

- in the role of Gold sponsors are: Ericsson Nikola Tesla Group, IN2 Group, INETEC, Jadranski naftovod (JANAF), Oikon Ltd. and Selvita Ltd.
- in the role of Silver sponsors are: KPMG Croatia Ltd.
- in the role of Bronze sponsors: AVL-AST Ltd., Belupo Jsc, ROFA Ltd.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Dear participants of the Symposium,

here are the names of the awarded participants by categories.

The audience award for the best oral presentation was given to:

  • Domagoj Gajski (Biology)
  • Sanja Renka (Chemistry)
  • Naveen Singh Dhami (Physics)

The audience award for the best flash presentation went to:

  • Leonarda Vugrin (Chemistry)

The Scientific jury award for the best poster presentation went to:

  • Dora Bjedov (Biology)
  • Ivana Čarapar (Oceanology)
  • Zoe Jelić Matošević (Chemistry)
  • Mirela Uzelac (Biology)
  • Natalia Šenolt (Geology)

The award for the most attentive listener of invited lectures was given to:

  • Lea Čolakić (Chemistry)                                                                                                                                                                             
  •  Sarah Ivušić (Physics)
  • Tea Ostojić (Chemistry)
  • Petra Petrović (Chemistry)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Author: Zuzana Redžović
SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM and QUIZ APPLICATIONS

Dear participants of the Symposium,

we inform you that the SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM has been published and you can find it at the following LINK or at the bottom of this page in the Repository.

We remind you that applications are open for the QUIZ, which will take place on Saturday after the poster section (April 23 at 5:35 P.M.). You can apply at the following LINK.

We are looking forward to the Symposium! 

Author: Zuzana Redžović

During the workshop prof. dr. sc. Ernest Meštrović will show how important clear and unambiguous communication is, both written and oral. The fact is that many of the results published in scientific papers cannot be replicated. This is an extremely big challenge for all of us. There are many reasons why this is so, but one of the basic ones is that we talk and write less and less, that communication is reduced to a kind of meta language. These are all challenges that doctoral students face when they come to a new environment, and especially to industry.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

In the first part of the workshop, we will cover the theory of different types of pitch. Next, we will demonstrate a 5-min pitch. After that, you will receive instructions and have time to prepare your own elevator pitch. Finally, there will be discussion as well as Q&A.

Dr. sc. Mario Špadina, dr.sc. Stipe Lukin and mag. chem. Tomislav Stolar are the leaders of the first workshop of this year's PhDSS. All three of these young and successful scientists and entrepreneurs hold a master's degree from the Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Science, after which they started their scientific careers. They have already achieved great success with over 10 published scientific papers. In addition to that, Mario, Stipe and Tomislav together run the startup company SeaCras. SeaCras is a company that specializes in the collection and analysis of satellite data for the purpose of monitoring water and sea quality. Coastal waters today are areas under the greatest anthropogenic stress as they suffer from the most extensive activities of the blue economy. SeaCras offers coastal area quality assessment and monitoring solutions. It is one of the winners of Startup Factory 2021, and this year was the finalist of the prestigious BlueInvest 2022 program, which brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and corporations in the blue economy. Besides Mario, Stipe and Tomislav, other members of SeaCras are Dražen Nikolić mag. psych. and Davor Blaženčić, mag. oec.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Every researcher sooner or later has to apply for science funding. The process of writing a grant proposal is quite different than writing a science paper. In the workshop I will go through the most important aspects of science funding proposals and tips and tricks on how to write a successful grant proposal.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Approximation of functions by superposition has a long history in mathematics, leading to powerful methods for solving linear problems and encoding the solutions efficiently.  The geometric notion of orthogonality in function spaces leads to fast algorithms for such approximation.  Work in combining these ideas has led to diverse families of basic functions from orthogonal polynomials, to trigonometric series, to wavelets and similar time-frequency atoms. There are now well understood constructions that produce desirable combinations of smoothness, compact support, and low computational complexity.  This talk will present an informal survey of the development of adapted decompositions currently used for image compression and accelerated radiation oncology planning.  It is intended to be accessible to nonmathematicians who are nonetheless interested in quantitative and computational sciences.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

In the lecture, results obtained in the framework of the Croatian-US project ITHACA, carried out in the middle Adriatic, are presented. Experimental work encompassed measurements with the CTD-probes, thermistors and ADCPs, and the results obtained were compared to the tide-gauge and meteorological data routinely collected in the area. The most important finding represented diurnal internal waves, which travel around the island of Lastovo and occasionally bring about thermocline oscillations having a range of about 30 m. With the aim of explaining the origin of waves that are so large, thermocline oscillations were compared to tidal forcing on the one hand and to wind influence on the other hand. In order to perform the comparison, a new statistical method, called partial wavelet analysis, has been developed, thus enabling two inputs to be connected with an output. It turned out that diurnal internal waves could be resonantly driven either by diurnal tidal oscillations or by diurnal exchange of land and sea breezes. The finding has been corroborated by results of numerical modeling. There are indications that the Lastovo-trapped internal waves support primary production in the area, because the wave-related vertical displacements result in nutrients being transported from the bottom to the surface layer where solar radiation enables organic matter to be produced. As for the partial wavelet analysis, it had been rounded off and presented to a wider scientific community by researchers from the University of Hong Kong and has subsequently found application in several fields of science – for example, in economics.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Relative sea-level (RSL) change is the sum of effects of processes acting on local, regional and global scales. In order to improve understanding of driving processes of relative sea-level change, reliable high-resolution records from different parts of the world covering different time periods are needed. Studies of preinstrumental periods are based on indicators of relative sea-level change which can provide reliable proxy records. One of the best indicators of relative sea-level change on rocky coasts in the microtidal environment of the Mediterranean are bioconstructions built by alga Lithophyllum byssoides. Under favourable conditions, alga L. byssoides can build rims in a very narrow range at around biological mean sea-level providing good vertical precision. Chronological precision was obtained by the 14C method since the marine radiocarbon reservoir effect, needed for precise calibration of 14C results obtained from carbonates of marine origin, have been previously analysed. High resolution geochronologies obtained for different locations along the eastern Adriatic coast allowed distinction and quantification of local non-linear, regional linear and global scale processes. In the talk, I will present examples of studies of relative sea-level change that we conducted as an interdisciplinary team in the northern and southern Adriatic.

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Author: Zuzana Redžović
Workshop leaders - Dr. sc. Mario...

Dr. sc. Mario Špadina, dr. sc. Stipe Lukin and mag. chem. Tomislav Stolar are the leaders of the workshop of this year's PhDSS, entitled "Pitching".

 

Dr. sc. Mario Špadina

Mario is SeaCras founder, current CEO, and chief scientific officer (CSO). He holds master’s degree in chemistry from University of Zagreb and PhD degree in physical chemistry from University of Montpellier and the French Alternative Energies and French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). Mario is currently a post-doctoral researcher at faculty of Health Sciences in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Mario’s academic record to the date includes 13 published scientific papers on statistical mechanics of organized condensed fluids. Furthermore, his resume includes two post-doctoral contracts, invited lectures on most competitive scientific conferences such as 2022 ACS Spring Meeting in San Diego (USA), few major grants and awards, as well as over 10 collaborating laboratories across the Globe. Mario is a member of EIT Climate-KIC where he was in 2019 awarded with scholarship to upgrade his craft in data analysis of satellite imagery at the Climatology by Satellites group, at the University of Valencia. In 2020 he was awarded by EIT Climate-KIC for conducting innovative research on green aspect of batteries.

 

Dr. sc. Stipe Lukin

Stipe is one of SeaCras co-owners and chief technology officer (CTO). He holds a master's degree in chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Zagreb. Currently, he is a post-doctoral researcher at Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb. Stipe's expertise lies in spectroscopy and data analysis, corroborated with 21 scientific publications to date and a broad collaboration network. As the EIT Climate KIC member, Stipe was awarded a scholarship to spend one month in Tallinn, Estonia, working in startup GelaTex, an innovative company focused on circular economy and nanofibers manufacturing. There, Stipe experienced in the first-hand the inner workings of a successful startup that provided the broader picture of what is necessary to succeed in such an ecosystem. 

 

Tomislav Stolar, mag. chem.

Tomislav is one of SeaCras co-owners and chief marketing officer (CMO). He holds a master’s degree in chemistry and is currently enrolled in PhD studies in chemistry. His academic achievements include 14 peer-reviewed publications to date. Tomislav won a scholarship from EIT Climate-KIC to spend one month on an internship at Tallinn Institute of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia in 2019. As a result, Tomislav wrote “Startup handbook” - a 23-page beginners guide to the startup world based on the Estonian startup ecosystem as a case study. Also, Tomislav won a grant from EIT Climate-KIC in 2020 to conduct academic research on using CO2 as a feedstock and converting it to useful chemical fuel. In SeaCras, Tomislav takes over duties according to the organizational and marketing strategy as well as chemical analysis of in situ component database.

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Workshop leader - Prof. dr. sc....

We present you another workshop that will take place at the 6th Faculty of Science PhD Student Symposium. The leader of the workshop entitled: "Clear and unambiguous expression - the path to scientific excellence" is prof. dr. sc. Ernest Meštrović.

 

Prof. dr. sc. Ernest Meštrović, is full professor at the Faculty of Science and works as a senior director for science and new technologies in the global research and development department of the pharmaceutical company Xellia d. o.o. Professor Meštrović graduated and received his PhD from the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science in Zagreb. He further specialized in the application of synchrotron radiation in the study of the structure and properties of matter in Italy and France.

Since 2004 he has been working in the Research and Development of the pharmaceutical company PLIVA Croatia, starting as an expert in chemistry and solid-state analytics, then as head of the laboratory, chief researcher for API analysis, director of analytics, and since 2008 Senior Director of TAPI Research and Development. In 2017 he takes on the global role of Senior Director of New Technologies and Product Lifecycle within the TAPI Division. Since 2018, he has been working for the pharmaceutical company Xella d.o.o. as Senior Director of Science and New Technologies, where he is responsible for applying the latest scientific knowledge and technologies to market innovative products that meet current medical needs and challenges in providing safe and effective treatment for the benefit of the patient.

Professor Meštrović's scientific activity is based on research in the field of structural chemistry and material chemistry, crystal engineering and molecular recognition, and crystal growth, which is applicable to research and development of active substances and pharmaceutical products. He is also active in the field of sustainable chemistry processes, green chemistry and environmental protection through the control of chemical transformations. He is engaged to connect research conducted in industry with the fundamental knowledge gained by researchers at the Universities or Public Institutes.

He is the author of more than 60 scientific papers, and he participated in the design of innovations published in 12 patents and patent applications. In the segment of applied science, he participated in about fifty projects for which technology was transferred to production facilities in Croatia, Israel, India, China and Mexico. He mentored about twenty diploma theses and five doctoral dissertations. In addition to scientific and professional activities, he is active in science popularization, holds a series of lectures and seminars, supports and provides funds for student projects. For all his activities, professor Ernest Meštrović has received several PLIVA awards as well as a medal from the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. He is a member of the Croatian Chemical Society, the American Chemical Society, the Croatian Crystallographic Society, the Croatian Association of Crystallographers. Besides all that, he wrote a book of about twenty stories entitled "To si ti".

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Dear participants of the Symposium,

we inform you that the Symposium program has been published and you can find it at the bottom of this page in the Repository.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

As part of the Symposium, a set of workshops for PhD students will be held on the topic of providing sources of funding for conducting scientific research and on connecting science and economy through various scientific and professional projects. We are proud to announce this year's workshop leaders:

Dr. sc. Stipe Lukin, Dr. sc. Mario Špadina and Tomislav Stolar, Mag. Chem.  

Prof. dr. sc. Ernest Meštrović

Prof. dr. sc. Vernesa Smolčić

 

We are looking forward to their workshops!

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Prof. dr. sc. Mladen Victor Wickerhauser

Prof. dr. sc. Mladen Victor Wickerhauser, born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1959, holds the degrees of B.S. with Honor (1980) from the California Institute of Technology, and M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1985) from Yale University, all in mathematics.

He is currently Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri.  He has six U.S. patents and more than 100 publications, including the monograph "Adapted Wavelet Analysis" (1994) and the textbook "Mathematics for Multimedia" (2003,2009).  He has also been developing and publishing mathematical software since 1979.  His research has long focused on fast approximate algorthms for computation with large datasets, specifically using wavelet analysis. It has found applications in image compression (WSQ for fingerprints), radiation oncology (Monte Carlo dose planning), and pediatrics (auditory screening by EEG).  He has advised 6 doctoral students who among themselves have advised another 22 PhDs.

Professor Wickerhauser has been an associate editor for the "Applied Harmonic Analysis" book series as well as five journals, including Glasnik Matematicki (since 1995).  He has been a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and SPIE - The International Society for Optics, from which he received the 2002 Wavelet Pioneer Award.

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Prof. dr. sc. Mirko Orlić

Prof. dr. sc. Mirko Orlić is full professor at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, and fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Obtained Ph.D. at the University of Zagreb, visited several oceanographic institutes in Europe, worked as a visiting scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Led a number of national and international projects and participated in research cruises in the Adriatic Sea, aboard Croatian, American and German research vessels. Major research interests include physical processes in the sea, atmosphere-sea interaction and methods of data analysis. Authored and co-authored about 100 refereed publications, mostly in international journals, more than 150 conference communications and a book on weather and climate of the Adriatic area. The publications have up to now received more than 2300 citations according to the Web of Science. Served in numerous boards at the university and state levels, participated in the organization of national and international conferences, was editor of Geofizika, of three conference proceedings and of two books, served as guest editor of Journal of Geophysical Research and of Journal of Marine Systems. Member of various professional societies, for example the American Geophysical Union and The Oceanography Society. Obtained the Fulbright Award, the Croatian State Science Award, the Croatian Academy Science Award and the Andrija Mohorovicic Award.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

We are proud to announce this year's invited lecturers who will give a lecture on their scientific achievements, experiences and career development:

assoc. prof. dr. sc. Dominik Cinčić

prof. dr. sc. Sanja Faivre

prof. dr. sc. Mirko Orlić

prof. dr. sc. Mladen Viktor Wickerhauser 

We are looking forward to their advice and interesting lectures! 

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Dear participants of the Symposium,

we would like to inform you that the Symposium will be held IN PERSON, at the Faculty of Science (Department of Chemistry, Horvatovac 102a), in accordance with epidemiologic measures. Students who are prevented from participating in person will be able to present their work using the online platform.

It is important to note that poster presentations will take place only in person, at the faculty. Colleagues who have registered as passive participants will be able to follow the Symposium in person.   

Active participants should send their presentations (oral and flash presentation) no later than April 21, 2022 by 12:00 to the e-mail address phdss@pmf.hr.

Formats for presentations are as follows: - oral presentation (.ppsx or .pdf); - flash presentation (1 slide .ppsx or .pdf). We remind you that the text in the presentations should be in English, including flash presentations (1 slide) and posters.

The Symposium program will be announced one week before the Symposium, and participants will receive a notification via e-mail by April 2, 2022, regarding the type of presentation they have been accepted for.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Dear doctoral students,


We would like to inform you that the deadline for applying for active participation in the PhD Student Symposium has been extended to March 15, 2022 (including that day). We remind you that applications consist of filling out the appropriate Google Form and sending abstracts to the e-mail: phdss@pmf.hr. The template for abstracts is located in the Repository at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via e-mail at: phdss@pmf.hr.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Registrations for the Faculty of Science PhD Student Symposium 2022 are now officially open!

Symposium participants will be notified in time about the type of the Symposium (1. in person, at the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science, 2. hybrid model, i.e. part of the participants in person, part online, or 3. fully online, depending on the epidemiological situation at the time of the Symposium).

Instructions for both active and passive participants are provided here.

ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS


Active participants can be PhD students of the Faculty of Science and related studies (regardless of their year of study) who will present their PhD research results at the Symposium.

1. Registration
To successfully register for the Symposium, one needs to complete the Participation form via Google Forms, which can be found here.

One can participate with the following contributions:
   1. an oral presentation
   2. a poster presentation
   3. a flash and poster presentation.


In the Participation form, participants can choose the type of presentation they prefer. Upon the receival of the confirmation that the registration has been accepted, participants will be notified of the type of presentation (oral, flash or poster) they will be giving. Due to the time constraints of the Symposium, it is possible that not all accepted participants may be able to present in their chosen manner.


A standard oral presentation lasts up to 10 minutes (8 minutes plus 2 minutes for discussion). A flash presentation lasts up to 5 minutes (3 minutes plus 2 minutes for discussion). PhD students who choose to give a flash presentation must also present their results in the form of a poster. Students giving a poster presentation must prepare a poster measuring 100 cm x 80 cm (100 cm is the height and 80 cm is the width, i.e. the poster is oriented vertically).

The official language of the Symposium is English, while the Book of Abstracts will contain abstracts in Croatian and English. Oral presentations, flash presentations, and poster presentations are required to be in English.

IMPORTANT: The abstract should be written in Croatian and English. Foreign participants should submit their abstracts in English only.

 

Since the idea of the Symposium is to connect doctoral students of all study programs of the Faculty of Science (and other science faculties), it is important that all participants adapt their presentation in a simple way, understandable to the wider (scientific) audience.

2. Abstract submission
In addition to completing the Participation form, it is required to submit an abstract according to the template found at the bottom of the page in the Repository. The title of the document should include the first and last name of the presenting author and the Field of research, in the form "Surname_Name_Study" (e.g., "Surname_Name_Mathematics"). Send your abstracts as a Microsoft Office Word document to the email address: phdss@pmf.hr.

Authors are kindly requested to follow the technical instructions when writing the abstract and to use the attached template. Abstracts not written according to the attached template will be automatically returned to the authors.


The deadline for registration and abstract submission is March 6, 2022.

 


PASSIVE PARTICIPANTS
A passive participant can be anyone who wants to listen to the Symposium. Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, and their mentors are especially encouraged to participate.

Registration
To participate in the Symposium as an observer, one needs to fill out the Passive Participation form via Google Forms, which can be found here.

The registration deadline for passive participants is March 31, 2022.

 

Scientific Committee of the Symposium:

assoc. prof. dr. sc. M. Đaković, Vice Dean for Science and Doctoral Studies, assoc. prof. dr. sc. P. Korać, assoc. prof. dr. sc. A. Lukić, prof. dr. sc. E. Marušić-Paloka, prof. dr. sc. P. Novak, assoc. prof. dr. sc. Đ. Pezelj, ass. prof. dr. sc. K. Pikelj, prof. dr. sc. V. Smolčić

 

Organising Committee of the Symposium: 

A.Bačinić, mag. chem., I. Biočić, mag. math., M. Kruljac, mag. phys., K. Pavlek, mag. geogr., M. Petrović, mag. oecol., M. Pisačić, mag. chem., Z. Redžović, mag. biol. exp., P. Schneider, mag. geol., P. Stanić, mag. chem, S. Šariri, mag. oecol.

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Opening of registrations

Applications for participation in the Symposium are expected to open no later than February 10, 2022. In addition to PhD students who will present their research, all other interested parties are welcome to participate in the Symposium as observers, i.e. passive participants. Deadline for application and abstract submission is March 6, 2022.

 

Who can register?

All PhD students of the Faculty of Science and related studies (regardless of the year of their studies) can participate in the Symposium presenting their PhD research results. We invite everyone else to register as passive participants, especially students at any stage of their studies.

 

In which ways can you participate?

You can participate by giving an oral presentation, a flash presentation, or a poster presentation, as well as by being a passive participant. A standard oral presentation lasts up to eight minutes, plus two minutes for discussion. A flash presentation lasts up to three minutes, plus two minutes for discussion, and aims to present the most important aspects of one's research. For a flash presentation, one slide (maximum) is allowed, and encouraged. PhD students who opt for a flash presentation also need to present their results in form of a poster. 

 

Since results from all research areas will be presented at the Symposium, students are encouraged to formulate their presentations in a way that is suitable for a wider (scientific) audience.

 

Scientific and Organising committee of the Symposium

Author: Zuzana Redžović

The Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb is organizing the Faculty of Science PhD Student Symposium for the sixth time. The Symposium will take place in a spring term: from April 23 to April 24, 2022. It will be held in one of the following three ways: in person (at the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science), as a hybrid model (part of the participants in person, part online), or completely online, depending on the epidemiological situation at the time of the Symposium.

Participation in the Symposium can be evaluated with ECTS credits according to the decision of the competent council of doctoral studies.

We are looking forward to welcoming you, building new collaborations and to a constructive scientific exchange!

 

Scientific Committee of the Symposium:

assoc. prof. dr. sc. M. Đaković, Vice Dean for Science and Doctoral Studies, assoc. prof. dr. sc. P. Korać, assoc. prof. dr. sc. A. Lukić, prof. dr. sc. E. Marušić-Paloka, prof. dr. sc. P. Novak, assoc. prof. dr. sc. Đ. Pezelj, ass. prof. dr. sc. K. Pikelj, prof. dr. sc. V. Smolčić

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Thank you to our Symposium sponsors 2021

We would like to thank the sponsors who recognized the importance of the 5th Faculty of Science PhD Student Symposium by supporting its organization, with the hope that even stronger cooperation will be achieved in the coming years. At the bottom of the page, in the Repository, you can find the Sponsors brochure of this year's Symposium.

The following legal entities responded to the invitation for sponsorship:

- in the role of Gold sponsors are: Fidelta Ltd., KEFO Ltd., Oikon Ltd. and The Zagreb Tourist Board
- in the role of Silver sponsors are: BICRO BIOCentar Ltd., Ericsson Nikola Tesla Group, i-tlc Ltd. and KPMG Croatia Ltd.
- in the role of Bronze sponsors: Primalab Ltd. and Shimadzu Ltd.

Author: Zuzana Redžović
Workshop leader - Dr. sc. Jelena...

Our third workshop leader is dr. sc. Jelena Čulić-Viskota - she received her PhD from the Caltech Institute in California, and today works at Intel Corporation in the United States. She will give a talk titled: ''Career in industry- key skills and mindset for success''. 

Dr. sc. Jelena Čulić-Viskota, PMP, is a Strategic Test Planner for Intel Corporation. She is responsible for determining the technical and economical feasibility of manufacturing of Intel’s client segment semiconductor packages and ensuring strategic technical capabilities development. After completing her high school education from MIOC, Split she moved to NYC to complete a Bachelor’s Chemical Engineering degree from NYU Poly. She holds a MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Caltech, Pasadena (California) in the area of synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles for biological imaging implementation. Her professional career experience has all been minted at Intel Corporation, working in a variety of different roles- with a focus on thermal management, process development and program management of a number of backend test manufacturing processes in semiconductor development. Jelena holds a number of patents and publications (some that are only open to a subset of Intel Employees). Jelena is actively involved in Project Management (PMP) Certification training and believes that growth mindset is one’s road to success.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Dear participants of the Symposium,

we inform you that the Symposium program has been published and you can find it at the bottom of this page in the Repository.

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Our bodies are built from around 100 trillion individual cells, each of which contains 46 chromosomes that carry our genetic material. This enormous number of cells originates from a single cell that is the product of fertilization of an egg with a sperm. Thus, cell division is one of the most fundamental processes in the living world. At the onset of division the cell assembles the mitotic spindle, a fascinating and complex micro-machine made of microtubules and the accompanying proteins. The microtubules move the chromosomes around and finally line them up in the middle of the spindle. When all chromosomes are ready, sister chromatids are moved apart towards the opposite spindle poles. The central question in this field of research is how the mitotic spindle manages to divide chromosomes into two equal sets without errors. Understanding how proper chromosome segregation is achieved in cells and how it is controlled will help to identify new strategies for prevention and treatment of diseases such as cancer and genetic disorders caused by chromosome segregation errors. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, in which we combine cell and molecular biology, molecular genetics, cutting-edge microscopy, laser microsurgery, computer science and theoretical physics, my group explores how the mitotic spindle self-assembles and how forces that move the chromosomes are generated.

Author: Marija Čuić

A stent is a mesh that is placed in a narrowed or closed part of a blood vessel to keep the vessel open to restore normal blood flow. There are dozens of stents on the market with a very complex structure and of different sizes, geometries, and then mechanical properties. Testing and designing stents that will meet the prescribed mechanical constraints can be a very demanding task. However, there is a very efficient way for this task, and it is based on the use of a reliable and simple mathematical model. In this talk I will present the path to such a model, and emphasise opportunities it provides. Numerical approximation of the solution of the model allows us to build simulations that can lead us to different conclusions about the global properties of the stent without producing it. Moreover, the simulations allow us to go a step further and look for stents that are optimal in some sense. Thus, on the example of stents, I will approach the three cornerstones for new technologies: modeling, simulation and optimization. 

Author: Marija Čuić

Understanding how galaxies form in the early universe and their subsequent evolution through cosmic time is a major goal of modern astrophysics. Panchromatic look-back sky surveys significantly advanced the field in the past decades, leading to a general understanding of galaxy evolution. In the talk I will go through the concepts and results of galaxy evolution studies. 

Author: Marija Čuić

Seismology is very young discipline which stands out among sciences by several traits (e.g. the extremely large range of amplitudes and periods of ground motion it studies). It also has three faces – the research one (physics of the Earth's interior), the professional face (recording, locating and cataloguing earthquakes), and the one that deals with seismic hazard assessment and the ways to mitigate seismic risk. Related to these is its distinct multidisciplinarity and the need for close cooperation with various professions. Besides the expected physics and mathematics, there are also: geology, civil engineering, geodesy, but also professions such as history, linguistics or archiving. 

In the lecture, I will look at how this collaboration materialized during the 2020/2021 earthquake series near Zagreb (ML = 5.5) and Petrinja (ML = 6.2). Joint research with geologists related to locating aftershocks and determining the causal fault will be described, as well as cooperation with colleague geodesists in interpreting the satellite radar measurements (InSAR). The research on the historical seismicity to quantify past important earthquakes that are important in earthquake hazard assessment will be also briefly discussed. 

Author: Marija Čuić
Workshop leader - Dr. sc. Paula Dobrinić

Our second workshop leader is dr. sc. Paula Dobrinić, currently a postdoc at the Univeristy of Oxford, who will give a talk titled: ''Careers Beyond Academia: Experience from the University of Oxford''. 

dr. sc. Paula Dobrinić earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in molecular biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. In 2016 she received her doctorate in biology from the same institution. As a part of her PhD research she developed a molecular tool for targeted DNA methylation based on the CRISPR/Cas9 system, which can be used to study mechanisms of mammalian gene expression regulation. Since 2017 she has been working as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Her research in the group of Prof. Rob Klose has been focusing on understanding the mechanisms of Polycomb-mediated gene regulation in mammals. She co-authored several research papers published in high-impact journals. Although she started her career as a lab-based scientist, she has gradually transitioned into computational genomics. Now she is looking to use that expertise in applied research outside of academia.

Author: Marija Čuić
Workshop leader - Dr. sc. Dejan Vinković

As part of the Symposium, a set of workshops for PhD students will be held on the topic of career development outside of science and employment opportunities after the doctorate. One of the workshop leaders is Dr. sc. Dejan Vinković, who will give a lecture titled: "Life is like a box of chocolates: from astrophysics to scientific entrepreneurship".

 

Dr. sc. Dejan Vinković graduated in physics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, after which he received his doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Kentucky. After his doctorate, he spent 4 years at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton as a freelance postdoctoral researcher. From the USA, he returned to Croatia as a lecturer at the Faculty of Science in Split, and started a non-profit institution, the Institute of Synergy of Science and Society, to which he later transferred his research work. As his interests spread more and more in the direction of entrepreneurship, he left the academic sector and is now the research director at Hipersfera company, and co-founder of Oraclum Intelligence Systems in the UK. His main scientific interest is the role of Cosmic dust, where he covers a wide range of topics, from the conditions in which planets form around young stars, dust formation from dying star gases to the interaction of dust and Earth's atmosphere through the meteor phenomenon. However, his interests are also in the social sciences, biomechanics, and in general topics dealing with data analysis and modeling. In addition, he is actively involved in the education and promotion of science among children and youth. His mix of knowledge in astrophysics and data collection in astronomy is now the basis of his work on creating a remote sensing system using a drone for market purposes. Likewise, his accumulated knowledge from data handling and numerical modeling is now an advantage for him in working with clients in the business sector who need help in data collection and analysis.

Author: Marija Čuić
Introducing our golden sponsors

FIDELTA

Fidelta Ltd is a company that provides services in the area of pre-clinical drug discovery to biotech and pharma companies both in Croatia and worldwide. The services cover the areas of chemistry, biology, biomedice, veterinary and pharmaceutical sciences. Together with our clients – scientists from all over the World, we work on projects with the goal to discover and bring new drugs to the market.

KEFO

KEFO Ltd is focused on the sale of laboratory chemicals, microbiological media, laboratory equipment and consumables, and medical consumables. KEFO was established in 1949 as a company for import and distribution of laboratory chemicals, consumables and equipment under the name Kemoservis, and still operates successfully in the Republic of Croatia and the countries of the region.

OIKON

Oikon Ltd - The Institute of Applied Ecology is a leading licensed and accredited consulting company / research institute in the field of applied ecology in Croatia and the region. The company offers services in the areas of nature and environment protection, industrial ecology, renewable energy, natural resource management, ecological modeling, landscape analysis and design, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and ICT, environmental law, policy and economics, feasibility studies, as well as program and project management. Such a wide range of activities requires a wide range of professional knowledge, and Oikon employs experts covering as many as 18 professional fields, and almost a quarter of the employees are doctors of science.

 

Author: Marija Čuić

We are very proud to announce the topics of this year's invited lectures that will be given by four world-renowned scientists and professors:

Prof. dr. sc. Marijan Herak: "Seismology as a multidisciplinary science – recent examples of studies of earthquakes near Zagreb and Petrinja in 2020/2021“

Prof. dr. sc. Vernesa Smolčić: “Evolution of galaxies through cosmic time

Prof. dr. sc. Josip Tambača: „Mathematical modeling of stents“

Prof. dr. sc. Iva Tolić: “Mechanobiology of the mitotic spindle”

Author: Zuzana Redžović

Dear participants of the Symposium, we would like to inform you that the Symposium will be held using a hybrid model with two groups of participants, in accordance with epidemiologic measures. The first group consists of participants selected for oral and flash presentations who will present their PhD results at the faculty (Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Horvatovac 102a) in person, and the second group consists of students selected for poster presentations who will present using the online platform.

It is important to note that students who are selected for flash presentations (which also include a poster presentation) will hold their flash presentation at the faculty, and the poster presentation online.

Colleagues who have registered as passive participants will be able to follow the Symposium exclusively online via a link that will be sent to them via e-mail. All presentations will be recorded and streamed online.

Active participants should send their presentations no later than April 22, 2021 by 12:00 to the e-mail address phdss@pmf.hr.

Formats for presentations are as follows: - oral presentation (.ppt or .pdf); - flash presentation (1 slide .ppt or .pdf); - posters (.pdf). We remind you that the text in the presentations should be in English, including flash presentations (1 slide) and posters.

The Symposium program will be announced one week before the Symposium, and participants will receive a notification via e-mail by April 8, 2021, regarding the type of presentation they have been accepted for.

If epidemiologic measures are tightened in the meantime, the Symposium will be held entirely online.

Author: Marija Čuić

 

Dear doctoral students,


We would like to inform you that the deadline for applying for active participation in the PhD Student Symposium has been extended to March 15, 2021 (including that day). We remind you that applications consist of filling out the appropriate Google Form and sending abstracts to the e-mail: phdss@pmf.hr. The template for abstracts is located in the Repository at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via e-mail at: phdss@pmf.hr.

Author: Marija Čuić
Prof. dr. sc. Josip Tambača

Prof. dr. sc. Josip Tambača is one of the world's experts in mathematical modeling in biomedicine and a full professor at the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. He is the winner of the Annual State Science Award in 2019 for scientific achievement in the field of natural sciences, field of mathematics, branch of applied mathematics and mathematical modeling, for six papers published in 2019 in top international scientific journals. The papers rigorously derive lower-dimensional models that describe the behavior of elastic bodies starting from the equations of a three-dimensional elastic body, with the interaction of two elastic structures of different thicknesses and with specifics such as poroelasticity and biodegradability of materials. The basic applications of these results are in biomedicine, such as a stent model with displacements in all three dimensions based on a one-dimensional model of a curved elastic rod or a model and simulation of blood flow through elastic vessels. In these papers, numerical methods for these models are proposed and the results of simulations are presented, including the application to four types of commercial stents. His specific field of scientific work is the theory of elasticity, especially mathematical justification and derivation of lower-dimensional models, as well as modeling and properties of the interaction of elastic bodies with fluid. He is currently working on optimal stent design, in an area where modeling, simulation and optimization are combined. He also won the 2001 State Science Award for Research Fellows. He has published over 50 scientific papers and is a leader and collaborator on numerous scientific projects. He was a guest on popular science shows Treći element and Prometej, and was the leader of the Mathematical Modeling workshop in the field of applied mathematics and statistics in the XV. Gymnasium in Zagreb. He has given numerous popular lectures, especially for high school students.

Author: Marija Čuić
Prof. dr. sc. Iva Tolić

Prof. dr. sc. Iva Tolić is one of the world's leading scientists in the field of cell division biophysics, a permanent scientific advisor at the Ruđer Bošković Institute and a full professor at the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. She received her PhD in 2002 from the University of Zagreb, and she pursued further scientific training at Harvard University in Boston, the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and the University of Florence. Since 2004 she has been the leader of the research group at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, and since 2014 she has been the leader of the research group at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. In her interdisciplinary research, she combines molecular cell biology and genetics with state-of-the-art microscopy techniques. She is the author of over 90 scientific papers and has given more than 120 invited lectures in more than 15 different countries, and under her mentorship 11 doctoral students have received their doctorates. She is a member of the European Organization for Molecular Biology (EMBO) and an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU). For her outstanding scientific discoveries in the field of molecular cell biology, she received numerous awards such as the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the figure of Ruđer Bošković, the State Award for Science, the Influential Croatian Women Award, the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award, the European Biophysical Association Medal and Award, the prize of the European Society for Microscopy and the Ignaz L. Lieben Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), which is also called the Austrian Nobel Prize. She is the holder of numerous scientific projects, among which the most prestigious projects of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator and Synergy stand out, known as the "Scientific Oscars".

Author: Marija Čuić
Prof. dr. sc. Marijan Herak

Prof. dr. sc. Marijan Herak is a distinguished Croatian seismologist and full professor at the Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. He graduated in physics-geophysics in 1981, and received his master's degree in 1985. He defended his doctoral dissertation in 1991 at the University of Zagreb. He trained scientifically in Germany, Italy, the USA and China. In his scientific work he deals with numerous aspects of seismology, with special emphasis on studies of seismicity in Croatia, research into the properties of the Earth's interior, surface waves, earthquake quantification, historical seismology, earthquake statistics and work related to seismic hazard and threat assessment. He has published 83 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (Wos, Scopus, CC) and dozens of other papers, as well as many studies. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited more than 2,000 times with an h-index of 27. He is also the author of computer programs for various seismic data analyses and the main author of the Croatian Seismic Hazard Map. He has organized a number of international conferences and workshops and participated in more than 20 international and domestic research projects (in about half of them in the role of principal investigator or leader of the Croatian team). The professor distinguished himself in the academic community by performing the duties of the head of the department and vice-dean of the Faculty of Science for International Cooperation for two terms, and he also served as the president of the University Council of Natural Sciences. He was the president of the Scientific Council for Remote Sensing of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU), as well as the editor-in-chief of the journal Geofizika. M. Herak is the Croatian representative in the European Seismological Commission and an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2016, he was awarded the ‘Andrija Mohorovičić’ award of the University of Zagreb.

Author: Marija Čuić
Prof. dr. sc. Vernesa Smolčić

Prof. dr. sc. Vernesa Smolčić is a world-renowned astrophysicist and full professor at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. She continued her studies in the USA, Germany and Australia, and after nine years of work and training at the best universities in the world, she returned to Croatia. Her research focuses on the formation and development of galaxies, she studies active galactic nuclei, radio galaxies and extragalactic star formation. She is a member of numerous international collaborations, and in some of them she holds leadership positions, such as in the Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) and The Ultimate XMM Extragalactic Survey. Among other things, she is the coordinator of the activities of the Faculty of Science related to the European Space Agency and a member of the Reference Group for Space (MSE). She has published over 140 scientific papers and received numerous awards for her work, such as the Ernst Patzer Award, Zagreb Woman of the Year 2014, Recognition of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Science for significant scientific achievement and contribution to the reputation of the Faculty of Science, COSMO Scientist of the Year 2015, State Award for Science for 2017, Award of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts for the highest scientific and artistic achievements in the Republic of Croatia for 2019 in the field of mathematical, physical and chemical sciences, and was included in the list of most successful people of generation 2013 by Forbes magazine. In addition to the prestigious ERC Starting Grant for the project “Constraining Stellar Mass and Supermassive Black Hole Growth through Cosmic Times: Paving the Way for the Next Generation Sky Surveys”, she has led numerous scientific projects. The professor is very active in popularizing science and runs a project called Astroučionica, a web platform intended for the popularization of astronomy. Astroučionica was created during the implementation of the ERC project in 2018 and has continued to grow since then. She is also the ambassador of the "Deep Above All" campaign of Jana's natural mineral water.

Author: Marija Čuić

We are proud to announce this year's invited lecturers who will give a lecture on their scientific path, the problems they encountered, but also the opportunities they were given as scientists:

Prof. dr. sc. Marijan Herak
Prof. dr. sc. Vernesa Smolčič
Prof. dr. sc. Josip Tambača 
Prof. dr. sc. Iva Tolić

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Author: Marija Čuić

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