2024 Conference Topics

1. Climate Change (Health, Waste, Environment, and Safety)

Climate change significantly impacts health, the environment, and safety worldwide. To address these challenges, both global and local actions are necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable adaptation to effects on humans and the environment, and promote sustainable resource use. Adaptation measures in all sectors are crucial to reduce the negative impacts of climate change and ensure better living conditions for all in this context.

Moderator: Prof. Sanja Kalambura, PhD

Sanja Kalambura was born in Zagreb where she completed her high school education. She studied chemistry at the Faculty of Science, and earned her PhD at the University of Zagreb in Eco-engineering. For a full 20 years, she has worked in education as a professor of chemistry, chemistry of pollutants, and a group of subjects related to the environment: Waste Management, Green Logistics, Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Protection and Cultural Heritage, Environmental Geochemistry, and others. In addition to her teaching activities, she developed a writing career fifteen years ago with the aim of popularizing science and the profession, with particular focus in the field of waste management and ecology, in which she has brought numerous characters to life through her picture books and coloring books. Throughout her professional career, she has written over 200 professional and scientific papers, presented at more than 70 conferences, participated in a number of radio shows on the topic of environmental protection, climate change, and waste, and organized and conducted a large number of educational workshops and projects. She is permanently employed at the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, serving as a Vice Dean for Science. For her work, she received the national science award in 2019, as well as the National Geographic Croatia award for the Green Optics project in the category of Sustainable Production and Consumption. She continued her education through courses on climate change at the University of Edinburgh and Harvard.

Contact: sanja.kalambura@vvg.hr

2. Sustainability (Tourism, Corporations, Transport)

Sustainability plays a key role in various sectors, including tourism, corporations, and transport. In all these sectors, collaboration between governments, the private sector, local communities, and citizens is essential for achieving sustainable development goals and preserving the environment for future generations. Achieving sustainability is a significant challenge in our world, so each element contributing to fulfilling sustainable development goals is worthy of attention.

Moderator: Nives Jovičić, PhD, sen. lect.

Nives Jovičić was born in Zagreb, where she completed her elementary and highschool edication. After finishing her professional study in Crisis Management, she started working in 2011 at the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica and simultaneously enrolled in a specialist professional graduate study in Crisis Management. She also enrolled in a university graduate study at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb. She earned her PhD from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb in 2022. Her scientific interests are related to research in the field of the usability of agricultural biomass and environmental protection. She has participated in numerous professional and scientific conferences and has delivered a series of public lectures. She is the author and co-author of over 50 scientific and professional papers, as well as one textbook, chapters in a book, and two manuals. At the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, she works as a senior lecturer and teaches courses in Basics of Ecology, Ecology, Air Protection, and Waste Management.

Contact: nives.jovicic@vvg.hr 

3. Security and Protection (National and International Security, Corporate and Information Security, Disaster Risk Reduction)

Security and protection cover a wide range of areas, including national and international security, corporate security, information protection, and disaster risk reduction. Continuous monitoring and adapting security strategies are crucial in a dynamic global environment. Cooperation among international organizations, government agencies, and the private sector is essential to mitigate threats and reduce risks.

Moderator: Marinko Ogorec, PhD

Marinko Ogorec was born in Karlovac, where he completed elementary and secondary chemical-technology school. He continued his education at the Military Academy of the Land Forces. After finishing his education, he worked in Ljubljana, where he completed postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and earned his master’s degree in the Department of International Relations with the thesis: “The Use of US Armed Forces in Foreign Policy Relations with Developing Countries”. At the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, he earned his PhD on the topic “The Nature of Military Force in the Former Yugoslavia”. He retired from active military service in 2012 as a brigadier, after which he was employed in a permanent position at the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica as a full professor. From 2017 to 2023, he held the position of head of the Study of Crisis Management at the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica. He is a permanent external associate at the “Dag Hammarskjöld” College of International Relations and Diplomacy, and since 2020, he has been involved in the “Libertas” University, where he is the course holder and lecturer of “Protection and Security in Tourism” in the Business Security Management study. He is the author of 12 professional books and textbooks mainly in the fields of security and defense, military sciences, and armaments, and the author or co-author of 26 scientific and professional papers in scientific journals. He participates in international conferences and has published 370 journalistic works as an author (mostly in the magazines “Hrvatski vojnik” and “Revija obramba”, and other magazines of similar topics).

Contact: marinko.ogorec@vvg.hr

4. International and European Security (contemporary migrations, professionalization of the armed forces, future of European defense, etc.)

The topics that will be covered within this thematic area include: challenges in the segment of international and European security, security aspects of contemporary migrations and European migration routes, external and security policy of the EU in the context of elections for the EU Parliament, security and military aspects of NATO-EU relations, the future of European defense, professionalization of the armed forces, and the national security of the Republic of Croatia as a member of NATO and the EU.

Moderator: Prof. Siniša Tatalović, PhD

From 1999 to 2002, he was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb. From 2008 to 2012, he was the head of the Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Political Science. From 2006 to 2016, he was the head of the Center for International and Security Studies also at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. From 2006 to 2014, he was the head of the research project: The Republic of Croatia in the European Security Architecture. He was a co-leader of three regional bilateral research projects: National Security Systems in Southeast Europe and Security Challenges; Security in Southeast Europe and Bilateral Cooperation in Minority Protection. From 2003 to 2005, he was the Vice President of the Council for National Minorities of the Republic of Croatia. From 2005 to 2010, he was an advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia for the political system. From 2010 to 2015, he was an advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia for domestic policy. He is also the president of the scientific committee of the International Scientific Conference on Crisis Management Days organized by the Velika Gorica University of Applied Sciences. To date, he has published several books, among them are: Global Security and Ethnic Conflicts, Political Culture, Zagreb, 2010; Contemporary Security Policies (co-author), Golden Marketing and Technical Book, Zagreb, 2009; National and International Security, Political Culture, Zagreb, 2005; Contemporary National Security Systems (co-author), Faculty of Political Sciences, Zagreb, 2000. He has published several dozen scientific articles and professional papers in domestic and international scientific journals. He was the executive editor of the Croatian scientific journal International Studies from 2000 to 2011. He was also a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Croatian Political Science Review from 2009 to 2016. He has made several study visits to the USA, UK, Canada, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Serbia. Since 1997, he has been the organizer and leader of the annual international scientific meeting on Migrations, National Minorities, and Security in Democratic Societies. He has taught at all levels (bachelor’s, master’s, PhD) at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb as a course holder for various subjects in the fields of political science, international relations, and security studies. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Ljubljana from 2001 to 2004 and at the University of Belgrade from 2011 to the present.

Contact: sinisa.tatalovic@fpzg.hr

5. Communication and Technology (Crisis Communication, Application of New Technologies and Artificial Intelligence in Crisis Management)

Communication and technology play a crucial role in crisis management, and the application of new technologies and artificial intelligence can significantly improve efficiency in handling crisis situations. Integrating technologies and communication tools into crisis management contributes to better preparation, rapid response, and more effective management of crisis situations.

Moderator: Željko Dobranović, MSc, sen. lect. 

Željko Dobranović, a retired brigadier general, has been working in the field of security systems engineering, decision support systems, and crisis management since 1972. He was the director of the Brodarski Institute Zagreb, assistant to the chief military advisor to the President of Croatia, head of the office of the President of Croatia, and director of the DEFIMI Zagreb Institute for Defendology. As an external associate at the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, he teaches several subjects in the field of security and crisis management. His scientific and professional interest is focused on the theory of security, crisis management, and decision support systems. He is the author of several scientific and professional papers, a participant in scientific and professional conferences, and a member of professional associations.

Contact: zeljko.dobranovic@vvg.hr

6. Crisis Situation Analyses – Case Studies

Analyzing crisis situations is a complex process that requires a multidisciplinary approach and collaboration among various experts. The ability for rapid and accurate analysis is key to effectively managing a crisis and minimizing negative consequences. Crisis situation analysis helps identify causes, assess risks, understand impacts, and develop strategies for effective crisis management.

Moderator: Igor Milić, sen. lect., mag. ing. admin. chris.

Igor Milić has been has been working for 24 years in the field of crisis management. Since September 1, 2021, has been employed at the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica and currently holds the position of head of the Center for Vocational Education and Training. Has been elected to the position of senior lecturer in social sciences, in the field of security and defense sciences, and teaches several courses in the graduate and undergraduate Crisis Management studies. He has published several papers on a wide range of topics related to crisis management and regularly participates in professional conferences. He has over 21 years of experience in the civil protection system where the main areas of responsibility were operational coordination of civil protection forces, organization of training and exercises, drafting of civil protection bylaws, preparation and implementation of international projects. He was involved in numerous operations related to earthquakes, pandemic, floods, and the refugee crisis in Croatia, as well as providing international aid. He has extensive experience in EU projects, organizing courses, conferences, workshops, summer/winter schools, and exercises.

Contact: igor.milic@vvg.hr