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Center for Transdisciplinary Promotion of Sustainable Development OdRaST

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Poljička cesta 35
21 000 Split

Head of the Center

Asst. Prof.  Ivana Restović, Ph.D. 


Center members:

Assoc. Prof. Bruno Curko, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Ivanka Buzov, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Marita Brčić Kuljiš, Ph.D.

Asst. Prof. Mila Bulic, Ph.D.

 Tamara Ljubičić,
Head of the department for international cooperation and public relations 



The green transition is one of the strategic priorities of the EU in the coming period, and sustainability is one of the key development principles. In order to contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals, to implement the knowledge and develop the need for life in the only possible acceptable way, the idea of ​​establishing the Center for Transdisciplinary Promotion of Sustainable Development - OdRaST was born.

The OdRaST Center will promote the global sustainable development goals by connecting its three fundamental components: society, the environment and the economy, encouraging processes of awareness, reflection and efforts aimed at modern economic and social development in a protected environment.



The basic task of the OdRaST Center is to enable the promotion and realization of sustainable development goals not only through education, but also through the implementation of various activities of lifelong and socially useful learning, a transdisciplinary approach research, innovative and original projects, high-quality interactive forums among students and teachers of the Faculty , including employees of the University of Split. Special attention will be given to cooperation with local and wider community stakeholders, as well as experts of various profiles at the national and international level, with an emphasis on international cooperation with related centers and/or other institutions and faculties, which creates a basis for intellectual exchange and accumulation of contributions from different actors, disciplines, activities and institutions that see a certain problem from their own perspectives.

The establishment of the Center OdRaST is in line with the goals of the Development Strategy of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split 2021-2025. and with the Strategy of the University of Split 2021-2025.



The aspiration of modern society is to live in prosperity with economic development, respecting the needs of all people and preserving the environment, in other words to live in a sustainable way. The concept of sustainable development can be interpreted in different ways depending on the viewing perspective, therefore there are numerous definitions of sustainable development in literature and everyday speech. However, each definition has in common the term balance, which refers to "satisfying the needs of the present generation, without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs."

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

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Outdoor activities of the 1st and 5th year Teacher Department students at the Jadro Excursion site-park

Excursion site - Park Jadro is located near the source of the river Jadro in Solin, partly located in a special ichthyological reserve. The excursion site is intended for teaching and learning, exploration, but also recreation and relaxation. Numerous hiking trails connect different sites where it is possible to get to know and explore the natural and historical heritage of this area with special emphasis on the study of soft-almond trout. As part of the excursion site, an educational trail was created containing ten "platforms of knowledge": Special ichthyological reserve Jadro / Vegetation in the resort / Architecture of the renovated excursion site / Animal world / Industrial Solin / Spring of Jadro / Mills Jadro / Antique Solin / Project "Jadro – spring of life" / Old Croatian Solin.

In the visitor center we were welcomed by the leaders of the educational program Antonija and Ivana who introduced us to the organization and work of the Excursion Site. Field classes began with a tour of the multimedia hall equipped with various educational and interactive games for children, students and the wide population. After the introductory lecture, the students watched an educational film about the endemic species of the River Jadro, the soft-mouthed trout called "Solinka". Then followed a tour of the soft trout hatchery, located in the basement of the visitor center, which was made with the aim of restoring a healthy population and preventing further extinction and endangerment of this endemic species of ours. Artificial breeding will allow soft-mouthed trout to be maintained in its natural habitat. 

The next stop was the interpretation center of soft-mouthed trout located in the northern part of the resort, in the area of the ichthyological reserve. For this purpose, a bunker dating back to World War II was remodeled. In the center we studied an interactive map of the River Jadro where it is possible to explore all the interesting facts and information related to the history, evolution, flora and fauna of the river itself. In the dome of the bunker, a special experience is represented by the periscope of nature and interactive projection of "walking on water". Special attention of the students was occupied by the remodeled sensory polygon of multilateral development built in the area of the former tupinolom. The tupinoloma plateau has been transformed into an open-air educational space with the aim of encouraging the sensory experience of each individual sense. The promenade connects polygons and educational panels, and has the function of a trim track, so in this kind of outdoor classroom, sensory, intellectual and physical development are united. The polygon is fully adapted for people with disabilities.

At the end of the field study, the students participated in the workshop "Touch the River" in which they explored the biotic and abiotic factors of the Jadro River, the degree of biodiversity of this area as well as the impact of climate change on the Jadro River and its environment. As a souvenir and as a gift, we all received canvas bags made of recycled materials with promotional materials and a planner of the Excursion Site-Park Jadro.


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