Croatian Science Foundation's 20th anniversary celebration - POSTPONED

Due to a deterioration of epidemiological situation with COVID-19 in Croatia, the President of the Croatian Science Foundation’s Board issued a decision on 26 October postponing the ceremony marking the Croatian Science’s Foundation 20th anniversary originally scheduled for 29 October. The new date of the ceremony will be made public once the epidemiological situation improves. We would hereby like to apologize to all guests who RSVP’d to the invite.

Original announcement

The official ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Croatian Science Foundation will take place on Friday, 29 October at 11:00 at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb. The ceremony shall take place under the sponsorship of the Croatian Government. The speakers, apart from the host, President of the HRZZ Board Professor Nikola Ružinski, shall include Professor Zvonko Kusić, F.C.A., special emissary of the Croatian Government, President of Science Europe Professor March Schiltz, President-Elect of the European Research Council Professor Maria Leptin as well as directors of research funding organizations from Switzerland and Slovenia – Professor Angelika Kalt and Professor Robert Repnik. The ceremony will also feature a panel discussion “Impact of HRZZ programmes and projects – HRZZ as the driver of Croatian society and economy” featuring successful Croatian scientists.

Event programme


11:00-11:20 Welcome address

Prof. Nikola Ružinski, PhD, HRZZ Board President
Prof. Zvonko Kusić, F.C.A., PhD, emissary of Croatian Prime Minister
Ivica Šušak, State secretary at the Ministry of Science and Education

11:20-12:30 Plenary session “Research Culture in the European Research Area – Prospects for Croatian researchers”

Prof. Dr. Marc Schiltz, Science Europe President
Prof. Dr. Maria Leptin, European Research Council President Elect (video address in real time)
Dr. Lidia Borrell-Damián, Science Europe Secretary-General
Prof. Dr. Angelika Kalt, Director of Swiss National Science Foundation (video address in real time)
Prof. Dr. Robert Repnik, Director of Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)

12:30-13:00 Coffee break

13:00-13:55 Panel discussion “Impact of HRZZ programs and projects HRZZ as the driver of Croatian society and economy”

Assoc. Prof. Ivana Herceg Bulić, PhD, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science
Prof. Stela Jokić, PhD, Josipa Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Faculty of Food Technology Osijek
Prof. Zvjezdan Penezić, PhD, University of Zadar
Prof. Lea Skorin Kapov, PhD, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb
Dr. Tvrtko Smital, PhD, Ruđer Bošković Institute
Prof. Leandra Vranješ Markić, PhD, University of Split, Faculty of Science
Assoc. Prof. Felix Wensveen, PhD, MD, University of Rijeka School of Medicine

13:55-14:00 Closing remarks

Assoc. Prof. Irena Martinović Klarić, PhD, HRZZ Executive Director

14:00-16:00 Reception

The event will take place in accordance with current epidemiological recommendations. The number of participants is limited. The ceremony will be live streamed on the Croatian Science Foundation’s Youtube channel.