Vedrana Mikulić, professor of mathematics and informatics
Head of the Department of Discrete Mathematics (since 2011), Erasmus Coordinator, Coordinator for International Cooperation, Representative of the Department in the Commission for E-Learning Implementation of the University of Rijeka, Representative of the Department in the Commission for Academic Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Qualifications and Study Periods to inform the public about the activities of the Department of Mathematics.
Teaching, representative of the Department in the Commission for the implementation of e-learning at the University of Rijeka, Coordinator for International Cooperation, maintenance of the Department’s website
Vedrana Mikulić Crnković was born in 1979 in Rijeka, where she finished elementary school and high school in science and mathematics. In 2009 she obtained a doctorate in science (field: natural sciences, field: mathematics) from the University of Zagreb. She is an associate professor and head of the Department of Discrete Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, University of Rijeka.
In her work so far, she has been or is a lecturer in 12 courses at the Department of Mathematics, one of the leaders of the Seminar for Final Mathematics in doctoral studies in mathematics, participated as an external associate in teaching activities at the Faculty of Teacher Education in Rijeka, Faculty of Civil Engineering in Rijeka and Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Education, University of Mostar and has led 27 final and graduate theses. She won two awards for special contribution to e-learning at the University of Rijeka in 2010 and 2011.
Her research interests are in the field of combinatorics and discrete mathematics and coding theory. She has been or is a collaborator on several scientific projects, published 18 scientific papers and actively participated in 15 international scientific conferences. He is currently a collaborator on the Combinatorial Objects and Codes project (leader: Dean Crnković) funded by the Croatian Science Foundation, co-leader of the HR-SLO bilateral project Codes, their conservators and related incidence structures and leader of the Permutation Group project as designs, geometric designs and finite geometry funded by the University in Rijeka and a mentor to two doctoral students. In 2009 she received the award of the Foundation of the University of Rijeka for the field of technical and natural sciences in the category of research novices / assistants in the academic year 2008/2009.
In addition to scientific and teaching activities, she is very active in the popularization of science, for which she received the National Award for Science for 2020 (annual award for the popularization and promotion of science, natural sciences). She is the author of numerous popular lectures and workshops (more than 40 different activities), organized numerous popularization activities (Science Festival 2013-2020, Mathematics Evenings 2014-2020, Exhibition Imaginary – Magical Mathematics in Rijeka 2016, Tetragon 2013-2020 competition, Open Day university departments 2013-2020, competition of the Society of Mathematicians and Physicists, …), led several projects aimed at popularizing science, mathematics and mathematical studies (Imaginary – magic mathematics 2016, Imaginary – magic mathematical projections 2018, MathEscape – virtual mathematical escape room 2019, Mathematical Circus 2020 …), mathematical exhibition Taxi Geometry in Rijeka 2021 and has actively participated in many activities and projects aimed at popularizing science (Mini Makers Fair Trieste, Science Picnic Trieste, May Month of Mathematics in Belgrade, European Night researchers Rijeka, International Day of Mathematics, Imaginary project Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Obe rwolfach, Rijeka – EPK2020, ESOF2020 Science in the City Festival, project Be ++ of the Center of Technical Culture Rijeka,…). In 2020, she received The Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund 2020 award for the design and implementation of popularization and educational activities.
She is also active in professional work and has held several professional lectures for teachers, published 7 professional papers, organized several professional conferences (Rijeka Mathematical Meetings), exhibited at several professional conferences and participated in professional projects (ESF projects STEMp and OPTILIFE, Eramsus + project RAPIDE , HORIZONT2020 project YUFERING, EU project STEM (LET’S GO!)). She is the leader of the Erasmus + project (Key Activity 2 – Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practice): InAMath (Interdisciplinary Approach to Mathematical Education).