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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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Center OdRaST at Science festival 2024

The workshop Vertical gardens - green intelligent solution was held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Split. The workshop was organized in cooperation with the Center for transdisciplinary implementation of sustainable development activities - OdRaST of the Faculty of Philosophy and III. gymnasium from Split. The leaders of the workshop were Assoc. Prof.  Ivana Restović, Ph.D. and Vesna Dobronić, prof. of biology and chemistry, and as collaborators participated mag. prim. educ. Danijela Botica and Lidija Brkan, and mag. educ. biol. et chem. Marina Ugrin, Loriana Šestić, and Judita Ozretić. The students of science group form III. gymnasium participated in the workshop that was held for 150 minutes. In the introductory part, students were discussing about the causes and consequences of climate change and were led to find possible solutions. After getting acquainted with the workflow through the prepared worksheets, the students started making vertical gardens. Various materials were offered to them on the central table. Students combined plants and materials of their choice to create a vertical garden. To complement the workshop, we instructed the students in making open and closed terrariums. All the students were very happy to start working in a relaxed atmosphere and surprised us with their creative ideas. Vertical gardens are an ideal solution for small spaces. Planted plants create oxygen for us, and absorb carbon dioxide, which accelerates climate change. A space filled with plants has a decorative effect, and a pleasant microclimate is created in the space while the plants filter and moisten the air.


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