Damjan Franjević

Associate Professor, PhD

Studied Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. He completed his PhD in 2006 in the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. He is lecturer in charge of two courses, Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Evolution, at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.

He is also Head of the Department for International Cultural and Scientific Cooperation at Matica Hrvatska, as well as Head and co-founder of the Laboratory of Molecular Evolution and Taxonomy of Animals at the Department of Biology (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb). During his career, Damjan has co-authored 36 scientific papers and written 33 communications for both international and local scientific congresses.

He has supervised 68 bachelor's, master's and doctoral theses, 5 scientific projects and contributed as an associate in 4 other scientific projects. He is an active member of 4 scientific societies and associations (and a co-founder of one of them) and a member of the Committee for Restricted Use of Genetically Modified Organisms under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia. In 2016, he received the National Award for Popularizing and Promoting Science

HOW SCIENCE & INNOVATIONS SHAPE THE WORLD OF TOMORROW

Innovation, by many defined as a creative destruction, is a driving force of economic growth. Science leads to the most creative destructions, using them in symbiotic manner in order to shape the world of tomorrow. Artifical intelligence and big data go hand in hand with biology and medicine in the quest to improve our lives in the way it wasn't possible before.

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