Keynote Speakers

Josip Burušić

Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar
Dr. Burušić is a Head of the Research Centre for Knowledge, Education and Human Capital Studies at Ivo Pilar Institute for Social Sciences and the Director of the Research Unit for School Effectiveness Research at the Croatian Scientific Center of Excellence for School Effectiveness and School Management. Appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of Education and Science for whole-day school, leading expert for Whole-Day School Reform in Croatia. Member of Strategic Group for on-going reforms in sector of education in Croatia. Associative Member in OECD Governing Board of Centre for Educational Research and Innovation – CERI in Croatian accession to OECD.

Andrew Dalziell

Department of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde
Dr. Andrew Dalziell is an Associate Tutor at University of Edinburgh and a Research Fellow at University of Strathclyde. Andrew has also been in private clinical practice for the last 22-years specialising in assessing and supporting infants, children, and young people with a range of learning and behavioural difficulties.

Darinka Korovljev

Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad
Dr. Darinka Korovljev has scientific experience from working on implementing different health interventions in the aging population. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular hydrogen research from the University of Novi Sad and has a postdoctoral fellowship in the Applied Bioenergetics Lab. Dr. Darinka Korovljev manages the lab’s international projects, and she is a member of several international research teams seeking to create new pilot programs and potential curricula to improve future teaching content and educational programs in public health and healthy lifestyles in different populations. She is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, within the subject group Research Methods in Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness.

Nevenka Maras

Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb
Dr. Maras is an associate professor at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb. During her carrier she has been working in different public and scientific institutions. She has been an active researcher in areas relevant to sport pedagogy, pedagogy of free time activities, school pedagogy and constructivist didactic in primary education. At the present time, her main interests are in the fields of neurodidactics, informal learning and free-time-activities in adult education. She is a chair of the Department of Educational Studies and a member of the Lifelong Learning Centre at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb. Since 2019, she has been a coordinator of Specialist study for managers of lower and higher education institutions (Croatians Qualification Framework).

Lidija Petrinović

Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb
Dr. Petrinović works at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, in the Department for General and Applied Kinesiology as an Associate Professor. Her fields of interest and work include kinesitherapy, sports for persons with disabilities, and badminton. She has been actively involved with the Croatian Badminton Association for many years, taking on various roles to develop the sport across different areas such as school sports, elite sports, and coach education. Recently, her activities have expanded to include parabadminton, focusing on classification, research, and training.

Ranko Rajović

Faculty of Education, University of Primorska
Dr. Rajović is a specialist in internal medicine, holds a master's degree in neurophysiology (Medical Faculty, Novi Sad), and a doctorate in sports sciences (Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Niš). He is the Head of the Department of Neurosciences in Education at the Faculty of Education in Koper. He is the author of the NTC learning system, which is implemented in more than 20 countries in Europe, and has accreditation from the ministry of education in 7 countries. UNICEF has funded and supported several NTC seminars and the printing of the manual "NTC - Learning Through Play." He is an expert for the European Handball Federation (EHF) in neurosciences in sports and the author of over 20 books, manuals, and games for the comprehensive development of children. He has been a long-time member and president of the International Mensa Committee for Gifted Children.

Maroje Sorić

Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb
Dr. Sorić currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Physical Activity and Health and the Head of the Physical Activity Measurement and Surveillance Laboratory at the University of Zagreb. At the same time, he acts as a Research Associate at the University of Ljubljana where he participates in monitoring and evaluating fitness of school-children ( His main scientific interests relate to physical fitness, physical activity and other behaviors related to movement, and to the study of their impact on health and the prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases. In addition, Dr. Sorić studies the epidemiology of risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, with a particular focus on physical inactivity, obesity and high blood pressure

Matija Mato Škerbić

Faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb
Dr. Škerbić is working at the Department of Philosophy and Culture at the Faculty of Croatian Studies of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is one of the pioneers of philosophy and ethics of sport, and the first to introduce the bioethics of sport in Croatia. Currently, he serves as the president of the European Association for the Philosophy of Sport. He is the author of the book ‘Philosophy of Sport. Emergence and development of the discipline’ (2021 - in Croatian), the first of its kind in Croatia and region. He published over 40 scientific papers, editorials, and book and conference reviews. He is a member of the editorial board of the journals Filozofska istraživanja and Synthesis Philosophica.