Organization of scientific conferences, workshops and activities form promoting faculty activities

Doyen of Croatian geology - Acad. Velimir Kranjec”; 1st Croatian scientific congress about well-known Croatian geologists held on Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb; June 20th, 2017

Scientific committee:
Prof.Zdenko Krištafor,PhD , Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Assoc. Prof. Tomislav Malvić,PhD , Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Prof. Zoran Nakić,PhD , Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Tamara Troskot-Čorbić, PhD, INA Plc., Assoc. Prof. Jasenka Sremac, PhD, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof. Emer. Josipa Velić, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Mario Weisser, MSc., INA Plc.


Editor of the reviewed abstracts proceedings:
Assoc. Prof. Tomislav Malvić,PhD; Prof. Emer. Josipa Velić (Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering)

There is lovely custom In the Croatian academic community of marking significant anniversaries connected with important scientists who promoted particular scientific fields in Croatia. This is the reason why a scientific conference, dedicated to Academician Velimir Kranjec, professor of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, was organized. The amazing scope of his activities, spanning several decades of the XXth century, marked Croatian geology, particularly all aspects of hydrocarbon geology. This conference is also the first in what is hoped will become a series of symposia dedicated to significant Croatian geologists, mining engineers and petroleum engineers, who worked at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb. Acad. Kranjec was certainly a person who left such a great number of important works as a heritage to all of us, that the choice of his name was extremely well accepted. All invited professors and scientists gladly participated in the scientific/program committee. For sure, one of the motives was that all of them were students of Acad. Kranjec, who knew him and obtained knowledge and skills from him, crucial for their independent work. Numerous results were/are extremely important for the development of the Croatian academic community and industry. He was an excellent professor, humorous lecturer, patient mentor, incisive geologist, skilled draftsman who used calligraphy, a sociable and pleasant collaborator in numerous studies, loved by his colleagues and students. Using humour, he always made the working environment more efficient and tolerant. Some of his theories regarding petroleum geology settings in all Croatian regions (Pannonian Basin System, Dinarides, Adriatic as a part of the Adriatic Carbonate Platform) are today, 30 years later, still valid and encourage further subsurface and petroleum geological explorations. His impact on the Croatian geological community represented a major motive for marking the 15th anniversary of his death. Taken from the Proceedings foreword; written by Prof. Emer. Josipa Velić,

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Mathematical methods and terminology in geology»; 1st Croatian scientific congress on Geomathematics and terminology in Geology held at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb; 29th October 2016

Scientific committee:
Prof. Željko Andreić, PhD, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Assoc. Prof. Tomislav Malvić, PhD, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Prof.Rajna Rajić, PhD, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Prof. Jasenka Sremac,PhD, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof. Emer. Josipa Velić, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Editor of the reviewed abstracts and paper proceedings:
Assoc. Prof. Tomislav Malvić, PhD, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Prof. Emer. Josipa Velić, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Mathematical geology and geological terminology had different developmental paths in Croatian, but during the last five years they have often overlapped. Their paths have finally crossed at this conference. The development of Croatian geological terminology started more than one hundred years ago. At that time, chronostratigraphic/geochronological terms were introduced in the standard Croatian language, alongside numerous other basic words, mostly from general geology, stratigraphy and palaeontology. Since sciences, especially natural sciences, continuously develop, new terminology is permanently introduced into different fields. Mathematical geology probably experienced the most propulsive development in the last 30 years, as far as the field of geology is concerned. Interestingly, this part of geology did not even exist 50 years ago. Today, there is no geological discipline where mathematics is more frequently applied, at least for the purpose of statistical analysis. During the last ten years, mathematical geology became an integral part of all branches of Croatian geology, using statistical analyses, linear equations, correlations, matrix calculus, spatial analyses, mapping and others. The same is true for the rest of the world as well. As a consequence, mathematical geology contributed the greatest amount of new words to Croatian geological terminology in the 21st century. This was initially confirmed by the “Struna” project of the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics (a special project dedicated to the development of Croatian professional terminology). The project was later extended twice, and will be continued. The term “mathematical geology” is no longer sufficient to describe all methods utilized, because the majority of them are equally applied in almost all geosciences. This is the reason why the term “geomathematics” is currently used to describe both their theoretical and practical applications, and why geomathematics is also considered to be a scientific field in its own right. As a particular scientific field within the scope of Croatian geology, geomathematics started to develop at the University of Zagreb, where geomathematical subjects were first established. Today, some geomathematical topics are lectured about at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, within the broader scope of subjects such as Geostatistics and Geomathematics, but also as Geostatistics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Many papers from various branches of geomathematics but also papers covering the development of geological terminology, most frequently geomathematical, are currently available through the Croatian scientific bibliography. The bibliography consists of a large number of books, scientific and proceedings papers. It was our honour to organise first such congress at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering in the Croatian language. This faculty, among other centres where different parts of geomathematics were used and are being taught (like the Faculty of Natural Sciences), is where the academic and research foundations of the field have been established through a series of topic-related projects, books and papers. Also, since a part of the conference was dedicated to terminology due to the need to preserve and develop Croatian professional terminology, a logical decision was made to prepare and hold the symposium in Croatian. Taken from foreword of the Proceedings; written by the scientific committee.

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20th Congress of Hungarian Geomathematicians and 9th Congress of Croatian and Hungarian Geomathematicians

Scientific committee from RGNF: 
Assist. Prof. Marko Cvetković, PhD

In the period from 11th to 13th of May 2017, the 20th congress of Hungarian geomatermaticians and the 9th congress of Croatian and Hungarian geomatematics in the city of Pécs in Hungary were held in co-operation with the RGN faculty
The three-day conference consisted of 42 oral presentations and nine posters, and 75 experts from geomathematics from 27 organizations around the world participated. The topic of the congress was "Geomathematics in multidisciplinary science - The new frontier?".
The Congress encompassed a range of mathematics applications in geoscience, including climate modeling, mathematical aspects of reservoir modeling, geomathematics in water quality protection, data analysis in technical geology and much more. In addition to the lectures, a visit to the Tettye cave, known for the limestone tufa, was organized, and after a guided tour.
Along with Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, the Geomathematical Section of the Croatian Geological Society was one of the co-organizers of this congress and, among other things, contributed to the high level of organization of the congress (from great hosts to professional lecturers and excellent and interesting lectures). We are honored that we continue our cooperation with our colleagues from Hungary this year, and we hope for a long professional and friendly cooperation.

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Radionice za koje su dodijeljeni ECTS bodovi doktorandima:

Name of the workshop


Quaternary Interdisciplinary Investigation

Goran Durn

Initial training for acquiring fundamental teaching competences according to standards and reccomendations from the University of Zagreb  


Vesna Vlahović Štetić

Željka Kamenov

Nina Pavlin Bernardić

Joint mentorship workshop


Igor Vlahović

Tonči Rezić

Neven Duić


Dragan Grgić

Micromechanics of Porous Media

Albert Giraud

Analytical Methods and Their Applications in Geochemistry

Sonja Lojen

Basic Principles of Mechanic of Fluids, Fluid Machinery and Marine Mining

Krzysztof Broda

Remote sensing in geology

Ana Mladenović

PESS 2017 - Workshop 44: Poromechanics and Hydraulic Fracturing



Dragan Grgić

Arash Dahi Teleghani

Krešo Kurt Butula

PESS 2017 - Workshop 44: LNG Master class





Andrej Tibold

Gerben Dijkstra

Helmer Horlings

Oihane Aurea Rodriguez Nieto

Miguel Angel Castro Perez

Luis Giron

Rocío Prieto González

PhD days of the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Sibila Borojević Šoštarić

Computer methods in geosciences by using Python language environment

Domagoj Vulin

Chalenges of scientific publication

Igor Vlahović

Lecture – Renato Zagoršćak, PhD

POverview of scientific activities and approaches in solvin geoenvironmental problems - Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC), Cardiff University

Dan otvorenih vrata RGNF-a

AAPG lectures – Stuart Harker
  • A success story of finding and exploiting new resources in an old producing basin with examples of gas discoveries in Morocco
  • Geoscientist roles in the search for petroleum resources

Nonveiller Lecture - Paul W. Mayne

  • GeoCharacterization by Seismic Piezocone in 2016 and Beyond

Meeting of EUGEN Student Network(EUropean GEosciences students Network)

Geology students from the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum at the University of Zagreb organized an international meeting of geologists and geosciences students - EUGEN 2017 from 7 to 13 August 2017. The meeting was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
The EUGEN (EUropean GEosciences Students Network) association brings together geology, geoscience and geo-students from all over Europe and the world. Each year members of the association organize a gathering whose main goal is to gather and interrelate students and scholars from related professions and exchange information with each other in order to improve and develop future joint projects in Europe. The assemblies are held in the first full week of August in one of the European states, and so far they have been held in locations from Portugal and Spain, across Germany and Italy, to Latvia and Romania.
For the second time in the 22-year tradition of holding EUGEN Croatia is honored to be the host country with RGN faculty as the bearer of this event. The complete organization of the conference was led by RGN faculty students who have the desire to actively participate in the scientific community. This year's organization of the event was won by geology students Valentina Kocijan and Ana Kamenski won at last year's gathering in Belgium, where their best presentation on geological sights in Croatia provided the EUGEN household in 2017.
One of the main goals of the organizers was to give everyone the opportunity to experience Croatia in a more specific, intimate way, rarely provided within the classical tourist offer. EUGEN assemblies have proven to be an excellent opportunity to connect participants, to arrange guest lectures by foreign students at home universities and to promote international scientific and student co-operation and exchange. Organizers' great efforts have been invested in the design of professional and entertaining content, in selecting the ideal locations for accommodation of participants and on-site excursions and in a host of other details to help, among other things, promote Croatia's promotion among students and scientists from European universities.
At the Sound & Vision Robinson Camp on the Mrežnica Coast in the Upper Gornji settlement there were 120 participants in the gathering. Students and geosciences from 14 countries attended: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Croatia.
During the week, participants had the opportunity to listen to and present presentations and lectures, and to participate in professional excursions organized and led by RGNF staff. Assistant Marin Sečanj introduced them with the structural and lithological characteristics of the Devil's Passage and the Zeleni Vir location and guded them through the cave of the Muževa hiža. Istrian stratigraphy and tectonics explained to them the Assist. Prof. Uroš Barudžija and took them to the quarry Kanfanar and Fantasy and to the Golden Rt to show them the geological features of the area. Assist. Prof. Bojan Matoš and assistant David Rukavina explained complex tectonics and stratigraphic relations through numerous shoots on Velebit, from Rizvanuša to the foothills of Kiza.
In addition to the professional themes, we have prepared a variety of other contents for the participants. One day in the week we devoted ourselves to the traditional "Geoolympics", where everyone was deployed into teams, collecting points through a series of fun games, and winning teams were awarded awards. For the weekend there was organized tourist tour of the center of Karlovac with the help of guides from the Tourist Board of Karlovac. Then the participants visited the freshwater aquarium Aquatics and visited Speleotek, a speleological library, where Karlovac speleologists held a brief lecture. Finally, we spent the guests through the Turanj Military Complex where we introduced them about its importance in the Homeland War.
Without fraudulent modesty, the reactions of the EUGEN association and the reactions of the participants themselves to the congress organized in Croatia are very commendable, and we receive the acknowledgments even months after the meeting. We hope that this year's EUGEN will inspire many geology students that next year in Austria will represent Croatia as much as possible.