Open Day ISRZ 2017 was held on December 15th, 2017. A welcoming speech was held by the Director of the Institute Dinka Marinović Jerolimov, Ph. D. Further on, Mirjana Adamović, Ph. D., the editor-in-chief of the ISRZ Library “Science and Society” and “Special Editions” presented the publishing activity of the Institute in the previous year, from which she presented more closely the book “Generacija osujećenih. Mladi u Hrvatskoj na početku 21. stoljeća” edited by prof. Vlasta Ilišin, Ph. D. and prof. Vedrana Spajić Vrkaš, Ph. D. and the publication “Process of Reconciliation – A Qualitative Study” whose authors are Mirjana Adamović, Ph. D., Anja Gvozdanović, Ph. D. and Marko Kovačić, M. A. and which contains the results of the research of attitudes and opinions of citizens, and the public, private and civil sector on peace building and the process of reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey.
The book is fully available on the web-site of the project Divided Past- Joint Future: and in the ISRZ Repository:

Iris Marušić, Ph. D. presented the Erasmus+ project “Hand in Hand: Social and Emotional Skills for Tolerant and Non-Discriminative Societies (A Whole School Approach)” within which the Institute, in partnership with seven other institutions from five EU Member States (Slovenia, Sweden, Croatia, Germany and Denmark), develops an innovative European learning programme designed to develop socio-emotional and intercultural (SEI) competences of pupils, teachers and school staff in the participating countries. The project coordinator is the Educational Research Institute from Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the partner institutions from Croatia are the ISRZ and the Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC).
More information about the project can be found on the project web-site: and on the project Facebook profile:

Dunja Potočnik, Ph. D. presented the results of the first national comparative research “EU Kids Online” about the activities of children and young people on the Internet, their media literacy, as well as the risks that young people encounter and the ways in which they deal with unwanted situations. The research was conducted on a nationally representative sample of children and young people aged 9 to 17, and the particularity of this research lies in its comparative component as research is conducted in 33 countries of the Council of Europe. A number of institutions are involved in the preparation and implementation of the research, and the researchers are Igor Kanižaj, Ph. D. (Project Manager), Lana Ciboci, M.A., Ivana Ćosić Pregrad, Dunja Potočnik, Ph. D. and prof. Dejan Vinković, Ph. D.
More about the project can be found on the link:

Further on, prof. Ankica Marinović, Ph. D. and prof. Dinka Marinović Jerolimov, Ph. D. presented the case of three registered Protestant minority religious communities in Croatia that in December 2007 brought the Republic of Croatia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg for discrimination and received a positive verdict. The presentation was about the course of the proceedings, from the public announcement of the lawsuit and the ECHR decision in favor of the three religious communities to the signing of the Treaty with the Government of the Republic of Croatia regulating issues of mutual interest in the field of education and culture, as well as other issues, such as marriage, chaplaincy and others. The relevance of this case lies in its particular importance for further development of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution to the religious communities in Croatia.

The Open Day ISRZ programme ended with the presentation by Nikola Petrović, Ph. D. who on the grounds of the analysis of some of the most important Eurosceptic parties (National Front, Alternative for Germany, Syriza, Podemos, Fidesz, Law and Justice) offered an interpretation of the causes of the crises that have tremendously shaken the EU in recent years, such as the Eurozone crisis, the migration crisis and Brexit. The author argued that the historical frustrations of social movements and political parties were transposed from national histories into contemporary national and European debates, and that the legacy of the Second World War, Communist dictatorships in Central and Eastern Europe, and right-wing dictatorships in Southern Europe still shaped the EU narratives and relations towards European integration.