Interdisciplinarity and cross-sectoral cooperation – starting points for further development of innovative technologies

25.11.2021 | Featured, News, ODRAZ news

As part of the project “Urban STEM – for cities and communities of the future”, an introductory conference was held through the ZOOM platform on November 24, 2021, organized by DOOR and ODRAZ. The conference was attended by over 60 participants – representatives of cities, ministries, academy and the civil and business sectors.

After the round table and panel discussion, participants gained insight into innovative approaches to student research in the field of STEM, with emphasis on transport and energy and examples of good practice measures for sustainable urban mobility, smart cities and policies in sustainable transport and urban planning.






Matej Paranos from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) presented the activities of the Department of Energy and Power Systems with special reference to hydrogen technology. He also pointed out which courses at the FSB deal with topics in energy and new technologies.

Anamari Majdandžić presented DOOR’s activities aimed at implementing STEM workshops for children and youth. DOOR is continuously active in the field of energy and climate change, as well as energy and socio-economic change. 

Mario Ćosić from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences spoke in his presentation on the topics of sustainable urban mobility and sustainable transport planning and presented the activities of the STEM Lab for the development of science and technology in the field of transport sciences.

At the end of the presentation, Magdalena Makar presented ODRAZ projects that cover activities in the field of STEM, makerspace and work with students and young people, especially in the field of interdisciplinary approach to urban planning.

In the second part, a panel discussion entitled “Smart Cities – Innovative Technologies and Policies” was held. The panel emphasized the importance of an interdisciplinary approach, inter-sectoral and inter-institutional cooperation for achieving quality, creative and innovative solutions to current problems of traffic and urban planning.

Through the UrbanSTEM project, the capacities of civil society organizations will be increased and the number of STEM popularization activities carried out by associations will be multiplied. Also, cross-sectoral cooperation between civil society organizations and academic institutions will be improved. In the context of smart growth and inadequate approach to urban planning of the future, the aim is to contribute to an innovative approach by combining interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral cooperation with the aim of increasing the quality of communities and the interest of young people in scientific planning.

More about the project read HERE

The project was co-financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund. The project is co-financed by the Office for Non-Governmental Organizations of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The content of this text is the sole responsibility of association DOOR.  


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