Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Šibenik-Knin County Awarded 23 Scholarships to School and College Students

January 4, 2022 -  A total of 23 scholarships were awarded, 8 for school students and 15 for college students residing in the Šibenik-Knin County for the academic year 2021/2022.

According to the conducted public competition for the award of new scholarships to pupils and students residing in the Šibenik-Knin County, for the school and academic year 2021/2022, and according to the determined final list, in the last days of 2021, scholarship agreements were signed. A total of 23 scholarships were awarded, eight for school students and 15 for college students, reports Šibenski.

After the signing of new scholarship agreements for pupils and students for the school academic year 2021/2022, as of today, the Šibenik-Knin County annually provides scholarships to a total of 71 beneficiaries: 55 school students and 16 college students.

The middle and high school student scholarship is 400 kuna, and the college student scholarship is 700 kuna per month and is paid in 10 equal monthly installments in the school or academic year.

In accordance with the expressed needs of health care institutions in the Šibenik-Knin County, the County, at the initiative of the County Prefect Dr. sc. Marko Jelić and Deputy Prefect Iris Ukić Kotarac, listening to the needs of the system, this year for the first time awarded two scholarships for students of integrated graduate study of medical biochemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry. This scholarship amounts to HRK 2,500 per month and is paid in 10 equal monthly installments.

For the scholarship of pupils and students of Šibenik-Knin County for 2022, it is planned to provide HRK 485,000 in the budget, from the original revenues of the County. In addition, the amount of HRK 220,000 will be provided for co-financing programs and projects of higher education institutions.

Therefore, a total of HRK 705,000 will be provided for public needs in higher education, which is HRK 52,500 more than in 2021.

''By providing financial support to our pupils and students, the goal of this executive branch headed by the prefect and deputy prefect, who is also the president of the Scholarship Commission, is to improve their material status and encourage them to choose occupations in demand in the labor market, they have increased the possibility of employment and then staying in our county. The intention is to further improve the provisions of the current Ordinance in terms of certain rules and procedures and adapt them to the actual practical needs of the County'', said the Šibenik-Knin County.

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Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Croatian Idea Makes Damaging Fast Fashion More Sustainable

December the 15th, 2021 - A Croatian idea is turning old clothes which would likely end up being thrown away into sustainable fashion statements. The above idea was arrived to via a recently held UPSHIFT workshop in Zagreb.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Lucija Spiljak writes, the UNICEF Office in Croatia and the Croatian Office for Creativity and Innovation (HUKI) recently held a three-day UPSHIFT workshop for young people from the City of Zagreb and the surrounding area of Zagreb County, dedicated to solving problems regarding environmental protection and sustainable development.

The interactive workshop attracted Croatian high school students who want to see problems in their local communities properly dealt with. 21 teams applied for this workshop, and ten of them aged 13 to 19 from the City of Zagreb and Zagreb County participated. Four teams won financial support of 7,500 kuna, as well as mentoring support for the realisation of their ideas.

One of them was team number 8, which wants to deal with the problem of fast fashion in the textile industry, also one of the biggest challenges of today. The team consists of Luka Marusic Smajic, Jan Filipovic, Gabriela Dedic, Lucija Bekavac and Maria Paula Klekovic from the School of Fashion and Design Zagreb. Their fashion-oriented Croatian idea was an impressive one.

"Our goal isn't to solve the problem that we're all facing on a global basis, but to make people around us aware of it. We'll try to solve this problem by redesigning old clothes that are no longer desirable. We'll implement this solution by holding a fashion show of our redesigned collection and posting educational videos on social media, in which we'll teach people how they can redesign their old clothes themselves. There will be advice, examples, instructions and so on,'' the team members explained.

They stated that they were encouraged to attend the workshop by their professors and professional associates who educated them about the challenges of fast fashion and encouraged them to solve problems. The aforementioned financial support of 7,500 kuna will be used for advertising, the necessary materials for redesign, as well as for the collection and the subsequent fashion show itself.

Their main focus is on young people who, according to the team members, are often unaware of the problem of accumulating old fabrics, as well as the fact that they themselves contribute to it on a daily basis.

"Few of our peers are thinking about this problem and it isn't covered enough in the media. In addition, the fashion industry is very fast-paced and also doesn't contribute to solving the problem whatsoever. Fortunately, our school talks a lot about fast fashion and its impact on the environment, so we're more aware of this. It's important to choose quality over quantity and to encourage manufacturers to offer clothes of natural composition(s). Also, people should put together their own styles, ignore passing trends, and occasionally be creative, not just pliable,'' concluded the team from the Zagreb School of Fashion and Design.

Other teams from the UPSHIFT workshop in their communities will deal with solving the problem of air pollution in Zagreb, ''dehumanised'' classrooms in Croatian schools and launching the mission ZaZeleniZagreb (For a Green Zagreb).

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Thursday, 11 November 2021

Two Zagreb Faculties Introducing COVID Certificates for Students

November 11, 2021 - At least two Zagreb faculties have decided to adopt tighter epidemiological measures, thus introducing the requirement for COVID certificates from their students. The Faculty of Philosophy is moving to online classes, while at the Veterinary School they will check the certificates before each lecture.

From Monday, COVID certificates became mandatory for employees in all state and public institutions, including educational institutions. While we are still waiting for details on their application for the school system, which, according to the announcement of minister Radovan Fuchs, should be known by tomorrow, it is known that school students will not have to get COVID certificates, reports Telegram.hr.

For faculty students, on the other hand, at least in two Zagreb faculties COVID certificates will become mandatory. The Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Philosophy in Zagreb sent a letter to their students informing them that they would have to have COVID certificates to enter their faculties. One of these two Zagreb faculties is the Faculty of Philosophy, which has switched to online classes from November 15 to 26, and after that, entrance will be controlled to ensure each student presents both a COVID certificate and an Index. The faculty will reimburse its employees for the cost of testing done by November 28th.

Veterinary students will not be able to attend any form of classes, nor stay on the faculty premises without a COVID certificate, decided dean Nenad Turk. In a letter to the students, he states that the certificates will be checked before each lecture and that the absence from classes due to the lack of a certificate will be the same as the absence due to other reasons and will have to be justified by medical reference, writes srednja.hr.

Students at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb, who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons, must submit proof of this to the office by tomorrow. They will be able to participate in classes with enhanced measures, according to the faculty. They emphasized that wearing masks is mandatory in all enclosed spaces of the faculty.

At the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, they conducted an anonymous survey among students and employees to see how many were vaccinated, and the reasons why they would or have been vaccinated, and the most common answer was: "to normalize life as much as possible." According to that survey, more than 90 percent of employees and about 70 percent of students were vaccinated or contracted COVID. "This ensures a favorable epidemiological situation at the Faculty," they said.

They also explained why they introduced mandatory certificates for students. “We also included students because we believe that students as adults and responsible persons must respect the same measures as all employees and guests of the Faculty, in order to avoid any discrimination and ensure consistency of prescribed measures, in order to protect all our employees and students and safe implementation of the teaching process”, said the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and are waiting for instructions from the Ministry to decide who will cover the costs of testing.

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Monday, 25 October 2021

3,820 Students, 554 Teachers Positive for Coronavirus

ZAGREB, 25 Oct 2021 - At the moment 3,820 students and 554 teachers are positive for coronavirus, a decision to switch to online classes can be made by local authorities in cooperation with county COVID-19 response teams, and for now the education ministry does not plan to change the school year calendar.

The calendar is defined by the decision adopted in late April, regarding the start and end of the school year, the number of working days and the duration of school breaks, the ministry told Hina on Monday.

At the moment 2,226 primary and 1,594 secondary school students are positive for coronavirus.

Zagreb accounts for the majority of those infected with 660 primary and 480 secondary school students, while Lika-Senj County accounts for the fewest - 24 in primary and four in secondary schools.

As for positive teachers, most are in Zagreb, 134, and the fewest in Požega-Slavonia County, five.

Also, 6,743 primary and 3,372 secondary school students are self-isolating, the largest number in Zagreb, 3,569, and the smallest in Krapina-Zagorje County, 14.

There are also 159 school employees in self-isolation, most in Zagreb, 41, and least in Požega-Slavonia, Koprivnica-Križevci and Vukovar-Srijem counties with one in each.

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Monday, 6 September 2021

New School Year Begins for 460,000 Students, Including 37,000 First Graders

ZAGREB, 6 Sept 2021 - The new school year 2021-22 begins on Monday for almost 460,000 elementary and secondary school students across Croatia, including about 37,000 first graders, and all will have face-to-face classes.

This year again HRK 158 million was earmarked in the state budget for free textbooks for elementary school students.

Science and Education Minister Radovan Fuchs said on Sunday that elementary school students in grades five to eight and secondary school students would have to wear masks if the distance between them in classrooms was less than 1.5 to 2 meters.

However, masks are mandatory in hallways, outside classrooms, and in school transport.

Teachers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to wear masks in classrooms, while those who have not been do, Fuchs said on RTL television.

The ministry has issued epidemiological recommendations based on research, the experience of epidemiologists, all stakeholders in the education system and other EU countries as well as in line with those of relevant European and international organizations, notably the World Health Organization.

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Saturday, 28 August 2021

Team 7: Croatian Students Develop Guide for Dyslexic People

August the 28th, 2021 - A group of Croatian high school students called Team 7 have developed a guide for dyslexic people, a group of people who suffer with an issue that is still severely misunderstood.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Lucija Spiljak writes, even today, society is still not sufficiently informed about dyslexia which is faced by about ten percent of the population, especially because of the stigma that dyslexia is an "obstacle" that refers only to difficulties in reading and writing. On the contrary, this issue is much more than that.

This was the thought of the leader Anja Cvetkovic, one of a group of Croatian high school students attending the Sibenik Medical School, who, together with Antonija Crnogac and her younger sister Ivana founded Team 7. They launched a project called Public ignorance about dyslexia/Neinformiranost drustva o disleksiji, as part of which they published a guide for dyslexic people.

As Anja herself has dyslexia and from her perspective can more easily bring others closer to the challenges, but also the positive sides, it was a springboard to spread awareness and knowledge about dyslexia through the project and to encourage their local community to cooperate and make positive changes.

"Our project currently includes the publication of a simple information guide for dyslexics - ''Reading should be available to all''. We also held a cycle of four online workshops ''Dyslexia in four steps - What should every parent know?’' Which was attended by about 160 participants.

The workshops were realised in cooperation with the master of speech therapy Mihaela Lulic from the speech therapy cabinet ''From A to Z'' in Pula, who joined us with her professional knowledge and volunteered on this project.

The workshops were divided into two parts, professional and personal, presented by Anja in order to bring the world of dyslexia closer to parents, teachers, speech therapists and other participants from the point of view of a person with dyslexia,'' the girls behind Team 7 explained.

One mother realised that her daughter might have dyslexia owing to these workshops, which was later confirmed.

The Team 7 girls presented this project for the first time back in March, when a new round of applications for UPSHIFT for the Sibenik-Knin and Zadar counties started.

This is a three-day workshop for young people aged 13 to 19 as part of the unique programme for young people and adolescents called ZABUM (For the Future of Youth) launched by the UNICEF Office for Croatia and implemented in cooperation with the Croatian Office for Creativity and Innovation (HUKI).

The Team 7 project was among the winners, and the girls won 15,000 kuna for implementing their praiseworthy solution in their local community. ''We used the funds to create our guide for dyslexics (editorial, graphic design and prepress, printing), and to create promotional materials related to our project.

As for our further plans, we're continuing to work through the ''Norda Dyslexia'' Association, through online workshops, counselling and education, primarily for dyslexics and their parents and others who want to learn more about dyslexia. We have a lot of plans,'' stated the Team 7 girls, adding that right from the very beginning they had the great support of their school, family and friends and the local media, and there was no lack of cooperation.

''With the great support of our mentor Andrej Hanzir from HUKI, who was always ready to give us guidelines and advice, throughout the project, we achieved a number of quality collaborations. We had collaborations with Mihaela Lulic, MA, from the speech therapy cabinet ''From A to Z'', our editor Marijeta Matijas from ''Manuscript to Reader'' and graphic designer Maja Skiljaica from ''Creative Wheel'', who guided us through the process of creating a book from editing, proofreading, and graphic design to prepress.

We also had collaboration with the University Printing House in Zagreb. Then the collaboration with the Croatian actor and drama champion of the Croatian National Theater Bojan Navojec, who, in our book, shared his own inspiring experience with dyslexia and his support with the desire to continue to cooperate and act in the field of dyslexia.

Mungos Split is responsible for the production of our promo material. We were also supported by our local media Info Vodice and the team of Radio Ritma Sibenik. We're grateful to everyone for their wonderful cooperation, support, advice, and for coming out to meet us and giving us their time, experience and affordable prices due to our limited resources. Thank you all. We plan to establish cooperation with the city libraries of Vodice and Sibenik in connection with our book promotion. We'll publish the book in digital form and it will be free. We'll then donate it to libraries all over Croatia to reach as many people as possible and arouse people's interest in dyslexia, we'll also try to distribute it through publishing houses,'' the Team 7 girls noted.

They also referred to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and this was especially emphasised by Anja, who, as a dyslexic, said that following classes was more demanding due to online lectures, as there is a lot of copying and time constraints when trying to take exams online. The Team 7 girls believe that the Croatian education system generally needs refreshment, and they believe that, in connection with dyslexia, a multisensory form of learning should be introduced that would be useful to students with and without dyslexia.

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Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Two Croatian Students Engage in Multiple Successful Projects

August the 25th, 2021 - Two innovative and determined Croatian students have been working for a little more than one year, and in that short amount of time, they already have numerous successful projects under their belts.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marta Duic writes, while many folk proverbs lean towards blaming almost everything on young people, there are a number of companies operating here on the Croatian market that prove this to be wrong and give young people the opportunity to learn, progress in business and successfully enter the business world.

One of such companies is ATRON electronic GmbH, more precisely the Zagreb branch of this company, which has been supporting student projects for years, and innovation and modernisation have long been in the focus of their development of smart solutions in the field of public transport.

The Croatian branch of Atron has been present in Zagreb for fifteen years now, and in the last few years they've placed special emphasis on higher education, ie Croatian students, as well as student associations and projects.

It is a company that employs Croatian students and enables them to upgrade their knowledge and skills learnd during their education into real business tasks and smart solutions in the development of which they actively participate.

As they point out from this company, with them, Croatian students have the opportunity to work on solving real problems and tasks relevant to their new products and services, and often after the internship they remain within their teams as permanent employees.

The Zagreb team of ATRON electronic GmbH also includes Marko Pavlinic, a student at the Faculty of RIT Croatia in the field of Web & Mobile Computing, who will begin his fourth year of study in September, and Nikica Hecimovic, also a student at the Faculty of RIT Croatia.

''My business interests are focused on teamwork, as well as on developing new and improving existing projects. I became part of the Atron team through a referral, and I’ve been there for about a year and two months. I'm progressing faster than I thought I would, the given tasks push me every day to learn something new, and if I can't come up with a solution on my own, I have colleagues who are happy to help me and give me advice. When I first came here, I mostly worked on smaller projects that don't have the pressure of delivery deadlines, but today I have tasks that require a little more responsibility,'' Pavlinic stated, recalling his beginnings in this company.

As he said, he supplemented his knowledge in the areas he encountered when in college, but this company gave him the opportunity to work with technologies he hadn't previously encountered, so now he learns something new every day.

''Currently, I'm primarily developing a graphical interface and I'm part of a frontend team. Together with other team members, I'm developing an application that will be used by companies across Europe that provide public transport services. At the company, I'm responsible for the graphical interface of the project I'm currently working on. The project I'm currently working on is the first major project that started in December last year. We're developing an application that will digitise the tracking and vehicle status of our clients. Before this project, I developed smaller tools,'' revealed Marko Pavlinic.

According to Pavlinic, his business plan in the future is to use the knowledge he gained during higher education and his experience gained at ATRON electronic GmbH to decide in which direction in the IT sector he wants to go and to help the company and transfer this knowledge to his younger colleagues.

“I've been part of the Atron team for a little over a year now and through my time here I've felt great progress in my programming skills. When I came to ATRON electronic GmbH, I had the task with a colleague to make a smaller programme that is part of a large project that I worked on for three months,'' explained the other of the Croatian students, Nikica Hecimovic.

His role is to develop the backend service, create the project structure and manage the database and is responsible for these items on the current project, where he has the role of junior backend developer in the team. Considering the fact that he has worked on two projects so far, and has been working on this current one for the longest time, he pointed out that the current project is very important and significant for him.

''This is a project on which I learned the most and on which, as a programmer, I gained a lot of experience and learned new technologies. My role today is to develop the backend services on a single project. Compared to the beginning of my work, this is a much more important and demanding role, as well as a rather rewarding experience. At the beginning of both projects, some time before the start of programming, I learned about the new technology I was working on on that project. Then, at all times, my mentor was at my disposal and helped me where and when I needed it.

I progressed in several ways, learned how to work well in a team, gained good work habits and experience in software development with new technologies that I worked on as part of ATRON electronic GmbH's projects,'' said Hecimovic, adding that he is currently working on the AWIRE project structure and manages the storage and use of data from the database.

The Zagreb branch of ATRON electronic GmbH is aware that Croatian students and other young people are a source of fresh ideas on the country's blossoming startup scene, and are thus an important factor in the development of that sector, and of the Croatian economy as a whole.

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Saturday, 31 July 2021

Lovro Mirković Wins Bronze Medal at the International Biology Olympiad

July 31, 2021 - One more medal for Croatia, and not from Tokyo, after Lovro Mirković, a high school student from Zagreb, won a bronze medal at the International Biology Olympiad.

As reported by Index.hr, four Croatian high school students participated in the 32nd International Biological Olympiad, which took place from 18 to 23 July, and Lovro Mirković from the XV Grammar School in Zagreb won a bronze medal, announced the Faculty of Science in Zagreb.

Students Lukas Grbac Lacković from the Vladimir Prelog School of Natural Sciences in Zagreb, David Špiljak from the Andrija Mohorovičić High School in Rijeka, and 2nd-grade students Đurđica Kovačić from the III High School in Split and Lovro Mirković from the XV High School in Zagreb took part in the Olympiad.

Lovro Mirković won the bronze medal with 77.5 percent of the exam, while Lukas Grbac Lacković received an award for an exceptional result of 70.3 percent.

This year, Mirković also won one gold medal at the EOES (European Olympiad in Experimental Science) and participated in Mendeleev's Chemistry Olympiad.

"Four representatives were selected on the basis of exclusion testing, which took place on May 30. This year, students were trained by professors and students of the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science from July 12 to 17. The leaders of the Croatian team were Andreja Lucic and Petra Cvjetko", read the publication.

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) has been held every year since 1990, and this year it was organized online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Croatia participated in the IBO 2018 in Iran, 2019 in Hungary, and this year (when it was to be held in Portugal), and we have a total of 4 bronze medals and one silver. This year's Olympics was attended by 77 countries with 304 competitors ", reads the announcement.

The host country of the next Biological Olympiad is Armenia.

The exam consisted of two theoretical and three practical parts, but this year due to the online environment it had only one theoretical and one theoretical-practical part, which were physically held at the biological department of the Faculty of Science.

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Monday, 17 May 2021

Green Energy Pal: FER Students Developing Personal Energy Consultant

May the 17th, 2021 - A talented team of innovative Croatian students from Zagreb's FER are jointly developing Green Energy Pal, which works as a personal energy consultant to its users.

As Novac/Bernard Ivezic writes, Green Energy Pal is a student startup which is busy developing the aforementioned service, which isn't new but was expensive and as such has been very limited to only large companies until now.

''We look at electricity almost mechanically. There are sockets, plugs, bulb sockets, switches, timers, extension cords... all of that is mechanical. However, with the advent of smart lamps, smart thermostats, and even smart watches, which send consumption data over wireless networks directly to energy companies, it shows that electricity is becoming less mechanical and more smart,'' state the Green Energy Pal team, otherwise one of the ten finalists of this year's Student DIGI Award.

Green Energy Pal is a student startup developing a digital energy consultant. As previously stated, it isn't a new service in itself, but so far it has been limited exclusively to the largest companies that can afford it. All electricity sellers, in fact, have a team of consultants who offer large industrial plants, shopping malls, ports and office buildings energy audits, investment analysis and technology installations, all in order to optimise their energy consumption. Energy companies thus meet the needs of their customers, and they in turn pay for such a service, enjoy the additional savings and become their subscribers.

Ivan Pavic, a member of the Green Energy Pal team and an expert in the electricity market, says that such work is expensive primarily because it still needs to be done manually.

''Although such an approach is possible and cost-effective for large users, it isn't applicable for small and medium enterprises that don't have so much financial power or so many savings opportunities. That's why we're developing a digital solution in the form of a personal energy consultant called Green Energy Pal,'' explained Pavic.

Four doctoral students from the Department of High Voltage and Power Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb (FER) are working on the Green Enery Pal project. Two are focused on energy trends, regulations and needs, and the other two on software and hardware development.

In addition to Ivan Pavic, who is developing a business model, there's also an automation expert, the organiser of the first blockchain development meetup in Zagreb and the architect of their IT system, Alen Hrga, then there's a physicist, a power expert and head of development of their artificial intelligence algorithms, Ivan Sudic, and the head of the team and Master of Electrical Engineering, Domagoj Badanjak.

Ivan Pavic emphasised that this division isn't so fixed and that they complement each other a lot, explaining that they were pushed into this endeavor by friendship and good cooperation so far.

''All four of us are doctoral students at the Department of High Voltage and Energy at FER and we've worked together on many scientific and professional projects, and often together we guide students in preparing their own seminars and diploma theses, and we also write professional and scientific articles for magazines and conferences,'' stated Pavic.

Thanks to that, added Pavic, they are well acquainted with the current trends in energy. For example, the European Union (EU) has a very ambitious goal to become a leader in the fight against climate change, so for that, savings in electricity consumption have a strategic, political component, which will affect both regulation and the economy.

''I'd like to point out 2030 as the deadline for increasing energy efficiency by 32.5 percent, and to achieve such ambitious goals a great burden will fall on the profession, so energy consultations should be democratised, and that's our goal precisely,'' stated Pavic.

He added that their personal energy consultant, Green Energy Pal, is a combination of hardware and software that collects real-time data on its electricity consumption at the user's location, analyses it and then offers recommendations based on the results. The user manages the entire system via a web interface. In the background, sensors and a microcomputer are located in its location in the distribution cabinet. They send data to the Green Energy Pal cloud and there that data is analysed by artificial intelligence.

''It's the brain of our product and it recognises each device individually, be it a TV or an oven, predicts future consumption, analyses peak power and much more,'' said Pavic.

He explained that based on all this, the user can be given suggestions as to whether it pays to replace a device with something more economical, change their tariff, change their heating method, make an investment, and even include alternative energy sources in the system, such as solar or heat pumps. In addition, it can assess the performance of the charging station for electric vehicles as well as the benefits of selling excess energy back into the grid.

Pavic stated that so far, small and medium-sized enterprises, especially those in the catering and hospitality industry, have shown the most interest in Green Energy Pal, and that in the end they plan to offer their solution to households as well. With their startup, they also entered FER's SPOCK incubator, and also joined the BAIF Programme of the Croatian Employers' Association, as well as the STup and Student DIGI Award startup competitions.

''We were happy to enter the Student DIGI Award of Jutarnji list, because it's a confirmation of our idea, which gives us a bit of wind in our sails for the future. It wasn't easy to break through,'' concluded Pavic.

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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Croatian Teenagers Win Gold and Silver Medals at European Olympiad of Experimental Science

May 15, 2021 – Croatian students in the category of under 17 years of age, participated in the European Olympiad of Experimental Science. Not only that, but they returned as winners.

Young Croatian competitors at the European Olympiad of Experimental Science did not disappoint. Displaying great skill in handling experiments, data compiling, and problem-solving, Croatian teams managed to win gold and silver medals.

Tportal reports this year's competition ran from May 9th to May 14th. The host city this year was going to be the Hungarian city of Szeged. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic forced the organisers to change the format of the competition. With travelling restrictions in place, Croatian participants worked on their experimental competition tasks in Zagreb. They used the facilities of the Faculty of Science, a part of Zagreb University.

The European Olympiad of Experimental Science is an annual competition by the EOES association. This is a non-profit association for the promotion of science education in high school students in the European Union. Their official website describes the competition as a mix of „experimental and laboratory activities in the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics.“ In order to compete in the European Olympiad of Experimental Science students must first win national competitions in the related fields.

Results and Team Members

There were 120 students competing in this year's edition. They formed 38 teams. Croatian teams captured 6th and 7th positions in the team rankings. The gold medal went to Team B which was made up of Borna Perkovic (III Gymnasium, Split), Lovro Mirkovic, and Jelena Glasovac (XV Gymnasium, Zagreb). Team A won silver with Filip Vucic (I Gymnaisu, Zagreb), Petar Jukic and Nika Tretinjak (XV Gymnasium, Zagreb) in the roster. Mentors in charge of preparing the students, setting up laboratories, and translating the tasks were also a very important part of this result. They are the Faculty of Science members Tajana Begovic (chemistry), Andreja Lucic (biology), Petra Cvjetko (biology), and Kreso Zadro (physics).

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