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Tijana Vukić is an assistant professor of communication sciences at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula. She graduated Croatian language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and simultaneously studied Journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences, both in Zagreb. She has worked as a teacher, and as a journalist and editor for numerous media. She holds a PhD in Information and Communication sciences from the University of Zadar majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. She is an associate at postgraduate doctoral study programmes of information and communication sciences in Koprivnica and Zagreb and a regular member of the ECREA, and is particularly active within the Temporary Working Group of Journalism and Communication Education. Besides, she is an external expert of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia for the sector area XVIII. information and communication. She was the leader of the scientific institutional project Radio for the Youth. In collaboration with numerous domestic institutions, she works on media and journalism education of children and youth. Her core scientific interest is journalism education. She has written the scientific monograph “From Journalists to Journalism - The Study of Journalistic Skills". 

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Irina Basara is a doctor of social sciences with a PhD in interdisciplinary communicology from the Postgraduate University Study Programme at the Doctoral School of the J. J. Strossmayer University in Osijek. In her dissertation she conducted a research on the social role of local radio stations in the county of Istria. She has more than twenty years of experience working in the media. At local radio stations in Istria she held all positions: from speaker, to journalist and editor, and then director. After graduating in tourism management, she worked in the private sector as a destination, hotel and event manager. For the last five years she has been teaching economic and tourism subjects in an Italian high school, and she is a teaching assistant at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula. Her scientific interests include interdisciplinary communications in general with an emphasis on communication management and the traditional media. She has written scientific papers on the topics of communication in tourism, management and media. Due to the many years spent working in the local media, her goal is to improve the way they act, from the legal framework to the operational functioning of the broadcasts.


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Mimo Drašković is a doctor of Economics and an associate professor at the University of Montenegro Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor. Since 2011, he has been a head of the Maritime Management Department. He is the author and co-author of 3 scientific monographs, 8 textbooks, 7 manuals and scripts, over 60 scientific papers, and a lot of articles, editorials, proceedings, contributions and interviews. Elementary fields of his academic interest are: marketing logistics strategic management, economy and international relations, knowledge economy and new economy. He is a member of Association of Young Scientists at Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts and a member of the Board of Directors of Montenegrin State Shipping Company "Crnogorska plovidba A.D." He is a member of the editorial board of international Journals: Montenegrin Journal of Economics (Podgorica), Economics & Economy (Podgorica), European Journal of Economics and Management (Banja Luka), Financing (Banja Luka), Economic Essays (Podgorica – Moscow) and Economics of Development (Kharkiv). He has interests in media phenomenology and is very actively involved in changing media policies in Montenegro. From 2014 - 2019, he was a Vice President of the Radio Television Montenegro council and is Chief editor of the international scientific journal "Media Dialogues" and one of the founders of International Scientific Conference "Montenegrin Media Dialogues".

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Damjana Frančić was born in 1959 and studied Political Science in Ljubljana. She has worked in the University Library of Pula since 1982. She taught students of the Pula Gymnasium about the techniques of scientific work. She has compiled the Library's guidebook, instructions, usage and satisfaction with services surveys, which were all published. She is interested in the ISO standard for library evaluation, in fundraising and marketing. Every year she organizes lectures for students from Pula, Rovinj, Labin, Pazin and Poreč, as well as students from the Juraj Dobrila University. She implemented a user education program that was published in 1988, and has created free users’ internet access lists, like skpu.unipu.hr/usluge/kutak-za-naputak. She also worked in the counselling service for high schools, and special and memorial libraries in Istria. In 1990, the library published her scripts on scientific work techniques. Since 2013 she has been checking the representation and citation of our university professors’ works in the bibliographic databases Web of Science and Scopus, which serves to rank the University in the institutional funding of science. Regarding the professors’ scientific progress, she checks and prints certificates on the representation and citation of papers in these and other databases, and certificates on various bibliometric indicators, indexation of journals and proceedings, productivity and ranking of the University.

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Luka Hrgarek is teaching assistant and PhD student in the field of Computer Science and Informatics at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Since primary school, he has participated in various competitions in the field of informatics and programming. In 2012, during his high school education, he won the first prize for a crafted website on the national competition in the education sector of Graphic technology and Audio Visual technology. He received his bachelor's degree in 2015 and master's degree in 2017 with a final work entitled “Data collection and user device fingerprinting using web browsers”. At the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he has been employed since 2017, the main focus of his work is pedagogical work with students, where as a teaching assistant he teaches subjects in the fields of databases and web programming. He has been involved in the organization of several international conferences (ADBIS 2019, IFIP SEC 2020). His research interests include web technologies, online privacy, database technologies and computer networking.

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Zvonimir Peranić works in the interdisciplinary field of education, science, and art. He works at the Polytechnic of Rijeka, Croatia where he teaches Physics for Engineers, Mathematics and Adult Education courses. As a scientist, he works in Science Education. His focus is transformation of traditional teaching processes in contemporary ones based on generic competences and conceptual knowledge. For example, he works in the DICE project (http://www.dramanetwork.eu/). He is the author, director, choreographer and playwright of many theatre plays (crossovers) that have been performed at numerous festivals, and many of them won awards. In directing and dramaturgy, he uses the principles of philosophy of physical theories and physical theories itself. In physics teaching, he teaches conceptual knowledge through theater workshops, mostly nonverbal. Fifteen years ago, he tried to implement a lot of different things such as Facebook in the teaching process. He analyzes science, but also educational and cultural policies. He works on the EU project Join in at the moment. He worked like a jurist and theatre critic for almost twenty years, mostly in the electronic media. Today he is a columnist and writes analytical texts in cultural and educational fields. He participates in this project as a statistician.

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Pilar Sánchez García is an associate professor at the University of Valladolid, where she currently teaches Cyber Journalism and Research Journalism at the Journalism Study as well as Research as a Historical-Social Agent at the master’s level. Her lines of research focuses on the development of teaching journalism and media convergence, particularly journalistic profiles and multimedia narratives. She has published about thirty works over the last eight years, including articles and books. She has taken part in more than 30 national and international conferences, and has been a member of the scientific committee in five of them. She is vice-chair of the European working group, TWG ‘Journalism and Communication Education’ at the ECREA international association since 2016. She is currently involved in various scientific associations as a member (ECREA, IAMCR, AE-IC, SEP). She is a member of four teaching innovation projects, and works as a reviewer for various scientific journals. She is currently supervising two PhDs on media convergence and analysis of multimedia narratives. She has worked as a professional journalist for 15 years. Her last post in charge was when she was head of El Mundo newspaper’s Valladolid and province section (2008-2012).


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Nada Zgrabljić Rotar is a retired full professor of Communication Sciences. She teaches media theory and media effects at the doctoral studies of Media and Communication at the University North (Croatia) as well as of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. She is the founder and the editor-in-chief of the journal Medijska istraživanja/Media Research (founded in 1995). She was a leader and researcher in many national, international and European projects. She is the author, co-author or the editor of the many books: Digital Age. Mass Media and Digital Culture (2020); Croatian Media System - According to UNESCO's Indicators of Media Development (2011); Radio – Myth and Information, Dialog and Democracy (2007); Media Research and Media Discipline from 1995-2005 (2005); Media Literacy and Civil Society (2006), Life with Media (1998). Professor Zgrabljić Rotar is also the author of numerous papers published in scientific journals and monographs. She is a member of the Council for Theatre, Film, Radio and Television of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She was the President of the Program Council of the Croatian National Radio and Television, vice-president of the Executive Board of the Croatian news agency HINA and the associate member of the Media Board of the Croatian Parliament. From 1981 – 2006 she worked at the Croatian National Radio and Television.

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Anamarija Bilan is a PhD student at the Postgraduate Doctoral Study of Information and Communication Sciences of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism of the Croatian Studies in Zagreb. She worked for 16 years as a journalist and an editor in various media and media platforms. Most of the time she worked in Zadarski list as a journalist and deputy editor. While working she enrolled in the doctoral study because she had always been interested in studying the media, their work and organization, especially the many changes that have taken place in recent years thus affecting and changing the media. She regularly attends scientific conferences in which she presents her scientific work and has several papers published in scientific journals. Her scientific interests are the media and journalism and she wrote scientific papers on topics about children on social media, the use of social networks as a source of information, the media coverage of celebrities, while her doctoral thesis is about the role of citizens in creating media content in online media. She recently changed jobs and began a career in digital marketing so her new business interests are copywriting, content writing, storytelling and SEO optimization.


Dr. Mato Brautović is professor at the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Dubrovnik (Croatia). In 2009 he was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Florida (College of Journalism and Communication) and his book Online Journalism is the first of its kind in South East Europe. His professional and scientific progress includes education, research, and guest lectures at the University of Florida (USA), The Poynter Institute (USA), Mississippi State University (USA), Missouri State University (USA), University of Missouri-St. Louis (USA), The University of Barcelona (Spain), Linnaeus University (Sweden), Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), European University Institute (Italy), etc. Professor Brautović was a researcher on different international professional and scientific projects including the EU TEMPUS project: Journalism Education and Training in Croatia (JETIC). He has taught courses on interactive media, mobile media, data journalism, media convergence, new media, new media theory, online journalism, editing of online media, print journalism, media and national security etc., at the undergraduate, graduate, and PhD level at the University of Dubrovnik, University of Zagreb, University of Split, University of Montenegro, and University of Florida.  


Alba Diez-Gracia is a PhD student in the field of Communication at the University of Valladolid, Spain. After graduating in Journalism at the same institution (2014-2018), she enrolled a Master’s Degree in Communication Research as a Historical-Social Agent, in which she graduated with honours (2018-2019) and held the post of student representative for the degree course. She is currently involved in the Project “Politainment in the face of media fragmentation: disintermediation, engagement and polarization” in the area of “Informative disintermediation in politainment: content production and diffusion”. She is also part of the Teaching Innovation Project “LabCom UVa (Multimedia Communication Laboratory). Pilot experience of Big Data applications and visualisation in Journalism and Telecommunications’ classrooms”. Her lines of research mainly focus on digital communication, social media, online audiences and agenda-setting theory. She has participated in both national and international scientific conferences, such as the 6th Annual Conference of ECREA (2021). She has published research works as book chapters: “The clickbait narrative in political electoral information. Digital coverage and audiences’ interest” and “The prosumer as a reviewer. Goodreads as an alternative to specialized review”. She has also given academic seminars about prosumers and journalism transformation in the digital landscape.


I am Nejc Hauptman, a 21-year-old student from Maribor, Slovenia. I am in my third year of studies towards a Bachelor's degree in Information Technologies at the University of Maribor. People around me would say that I am a reliable, hardworking, ambitious and organised person who always strives to improve, and definitely a team player. I love to learn, hang out with my friends, cycle and also to plan things out, but on the other hand I don't mind if anything surprises me. I devote part of my free time to gain experience and additional knowledge in the IT area. Not long ago I participated in a student project called PKP, where we developed a CMS system named Elegit with React and Strapi. The project purpose was to keep a record of good practices in different areas of interest in just one place. Another project I am proud of was to track the treatment of aluminum dross through different processing phases via a mobile app which was built in Xamarin.Forms, whereas to have a clean and comprehensive display of the tracked data we used Angular. Data from the apps was manipulated through the REST API calls from .NET technologies. 


My name is Ivana Ivanušec, I am 22 years old and I live in Pula where I study Culture and Tourism. I am in my third year of study. I discovered my love for photography in elementary school and it has been my constant hobby ever since. I try to participate as much as possible in activities in which I can express my creativity, so in the first year of study, I joined the Faculty's Media group that provided many opportunities and where I made new acquaintances. I was a radio host and research journalist for the radio show "A little bit of culture, a little bit of tourism", but I felt most comfortable as a photographer, cameraman and audio and video editor, so I stayed in that field. At the beginning of 2020, my colleagues and I started a podcast called “S kave na kavu” where I was a podcaster, photographer and video editor. We led casual conversations on topics that students talk about over a cup of coffee. Besides that, I made photographs and films for other projects’ promotional purposes.


Dubravka Jerković Berović is a PhD student of the Postgraduate Doctoral Study of Information and Communication Sciences of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, and holds a Master's degree in Journalism of the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. She's been practicing journalism at the national radio station Otvoreni radio for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience in programme management, radio shows, public appearances, narration and editorial work in the media, and has completed speaking exercises and courses. Apart from radio and journalism, her main interests are the new, digital media, social networks and community management. For the last couple of years, she has been running the agency for media services and digital marketing Plug & Play in Zagreb. She also has a Web PR and Social Networks degree from the Forum Academy in Zagreb, received a certificate in digital advertising from the Australian Open University and a certificate for Google AdWords. The main focus of her work is media research and education, as well as the social media impact on traditional journalism. Dubravka is also a guest lecturer at the United Pop Academy in Zagreb, at the departments of Marketing and Management, and Acting, Voice & Communication in the media sector.


Jelena Jurišić was born in 1972 in Split. She received her PhD from Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov in the field of philology, specialty journalism. Since the autumn of 1998, first as an external associate, and later as an employee, she has been teaching at the Journalism Study, and since 2005 at the Department of Communication Studies of the Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb. She teaches courses in journalism, press, history of communication, media theories, media convergence, political media communication and geopolitics. She began her journalistic career in the fall of 1993 as a correspondent for Slobodna Dalmacija in Moscow, where she spent the next five years. After returning to Zagreb, she wrote for several daily newspapers and magazines. In recent years, she has been an occasional foreign policy commentator for various radio and television shows, especially about Russia and the former Soviet Union. She has participated in several domestic research projects and two actions of the European research network COST. Her current research interests are contemporary journalism, surreptitious advertising and the use of social media in journalism.


Antonija Mandić was born in Koprivnica, and educated in Đurdevac and Zagreb. She holds a diploma in Croatian Cultural Studies, History and Library Studies of the University of Zagreb. Within the last fifteen years she has worked for several information institutions. During her work she actively participated in projects focusing on the integration of marginalized, or vulnerable groups, devising programmes aiming at sensitizing the local community. Now she is head of the University North library. Her scientific and professional interest is the development of information and communication sciences by improving the quality of work and teaching processes in information institutions where she works. In her work she actively cooperates with students of Communication and Journalism. She also holds workshops for the information literacy of students, doctoral students, and scientists. She is a postgraduate student of Media and Communications and conducts research on the affective aspects of students’ information behaviour with a review of the impact of emotions on the transition process of young scientists. She works as an assistant at the course Methodology of Writing and Presentation where she teaches students how to write seminar papers and evaluate sources. In her spare time, she volunteers at literary festivals and participates in the organization of Tedx speeches.


Hermina Maras Benassi from Poreč (Croatia) holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Culture and Tourism of the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula (Croatia). She is interested in media research. In her final bachelor paper she analyzed the representation of national minorities in the daily newspaper Glas Istre. She is the co-author of the presentation on the topic of the media contribution to the County of Istria multiculturality in the regional daily newspaper Glas Istre presented at the ECREA 2018 Conference in Lugano, Switzerland. She is also the co-author of the scientific paper Deception attributes within the title of tourism articles on the Istrian news portals presented at the International Scientific Symposium 12th Media Dialogues at Žabljak, Montenegro. She is a member of the editorial board of the proceedings: The Mass Media Through Students' Eyes: Undergraduate University Study Culture and Tourism Students' Proceedings.  She won the Rector's Award of the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula and Dean's Award of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary, Italian and Cultural Studies in the academic year 2017/2018. She participated in the organization of Borders and Crossings Conference held in 2018 on the Brijuni Islands (Pula) and on the MEKST Conference in Novi Sad (Serbia) as a volunteer.


Sandra Marinho is a professor at the Communication Sciences Department of the University of Minho (Portugal). She is also a researcher at Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade/Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS). Her main research areas are journalism education and journalism quality. Her main teaching areas are research methods, network analysis and journalism. She coordinates the national journalism education project Repórteres em Construção/Reporters Under Construction and is a team member at Idea – UMinho, a centre at the University of Minho dedicated to innovation in teaching and learning. She has coordinated the Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences (with a specialization in Journalism) and the Master’s degree in Communication Sciences (also with a specialization in Journalism), both at the University of Minho. She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences (Journalism Studies) and has put out more than 50 research papers, book chapters and other academic publications. She is a member of several international associations, such as ICA, IAMCR, AEJMC and ECREA.


Željka Plužarić is a PhD student of Information and Communication Sciences of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb and holds a Master's degree in Journalism from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. She attended different professional educational programmes regarding journalism, communication and public relations, e.g. London School of Public Relations in Zagreb, European Academy in Berlin, etc. Her work experience is mostly related to public relations in both the private and public sectors. She is currently employed at the Agency for Science and Higher Education, a national accreditation agency for higher education institutions and scientific organizations in Croatia. She is responsible for the development and implementation of communication strategies, media communication, content creating, but she also participates in communication activities related to international projects. Željka is a member of the national working group for the promotion of Croatian higher education abroad and an active member of the European Association of Communication Professionals in Higher Education. Her scientific interest revolves around media studies, with an emphasis on content analysis and the impact of mass media on different audiences. She is interested in studying the role of online teaching in the inclusion of vulnerable groups of students in higher education.


I am Ana Rendulić and I graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek, Department of Information and Communication Sciences, in 2013. Since then I have worked in several schools as a professional associate - a school librarian. I am currently employed at two primary schools “Josip Kozarac” Primary School in Slavonski Šamac and “Milan Amruš” Primary School in Slavonski Brod. I am also a PhD student of Information and communication sciences at the University of Zagreb. Within the PhD programme of collaboration with other universities, I got the chance to participate in the HEJDE project. Specifically, I am involved in the activity of creating a digital collection of literature on the topic of journalist education. I can contribute to the project with my expert knowledge of the principles of processing catalog-bibliographic information, the structure of bibliographic systems and the associated entities, and various possibilities of creating digital collections. Since I am interested in the organization of knowledge and information, I tend to explore these topics in the context of school librarianship. I am especially glad that the digital collection will serve students in their academic and professional development and that it will meet their information needs.


Anita Šulentić is a doctoral student of Media and Communication, a holder of a Master's degree in Public Relations and Journalism and a lecturer at two higher education institutions. She regularly attends professional development programmes and conferences (e.g., Matica hrvatska School of Communication, Radiodays conferences throughout Europe, Communication Management Forum). After holding a number of journalistic and production positions at the most listened radio stations in the country, she spent five years as the head of the first youth radio in Croatia, occupying the position of director and editor-in-chief of the most listened radio by this target group. For the last two years, as a procurator of the AMM Global Institute, the first institute of the creative industry in Croatia, she has been conducting programmes of professional training for media workers and journalists at commercial radio stations.  Her research focus is on media digitization, converged radio and radio event management. She is the organizer of the first modular trainings in the Republic of Croatia for new generations of radio presenters and journalists on converged radio stations. In accordance with all the above, she implements the adaptation of current digital radio trends in all professional and scientific lectures.


Huriye Toker is director of the Yaşar University Women and Family Studies Research and Application Center and Vice Dean at the Communication Faculty of Yaşar University which is located in İzmir, Turkey. Dr. Toker received her PhD in European Studies from Dokuz Eylül University and MA in Journalism from Ege University. She is in hold of her second master degree (cand. philol.) from the Media Department of Oslo University, Norway. Prof. Toker also followed a one-year MSc program in political sciences at the Stuttgart University, Germany. She has coordinated and engaged in several EU funded projects (INTERJOUR: International Journalism Education in Europe, 2012-1-TR1-ERA1036809 Erasmus Intensive IP Projects; SOCRESEDU: Social Responsibility Education in Europe, 2011-1-TR1-ERA10-27836 Erasmus Intensive IP Projects) and organized an international conference “Social Responsibility Education and Practices (SREP)” in 2014. Dr. Toker held a Jean Monnet Module titled “EU Talk: Integrating Turkish Media to the European Public Sphere” (2017-2020) and coordinated EU and Media courses and summer schools for communication students and practitioners. Her publications focus on research with health communication, disadvantaged groups, social responsibility, Turkey-EU-media relations, gender studies. Her instructional areas are: journalism, news reporting, social responsibility, discrimination studies, European studies and the media.



Zlatko Vidačković (Šibenik, Croatia, 1972) is a film critic, university lecturer, web magazine editor and cinema & festival programmer. He has a Master of Journalism degree and has been involved in journalism since 1998 (in Jutarnji list, Globus, Vijenac and Vjesnik). In 2008 he founded Kulisa.eu, an online magazine group dedicated to culture, serving as its editor-in-chief.
He acted as the president of the Croatian Film Critics’ Association (HDFK) in five mandates. He served as FIPRESCI juror in Cannes, San Francisco, Venice and Berlin. He is the vice-president of FEDEORA – Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean and IPA – International Press Academy.
In 2010 he founded art-cinema Metropolis at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and he has served as its programme director ever since. He is the initiator and producer of the European Film Days in Zagreb, held since 2012. Since 2004 till 2014, and again from 2017 till 2020, he has been the artistic director of the Pula Film Festival, transforming it in the most visited cultural event in Croatia.
He holds lectures on cinema and journalism at four Croatian universities: University of Zagreb, Catholic University of Croatia, VERN University and University North. 


Nikola Vojnović was born in Zagreb. He completed his primary and secondary education in Zagreb and Pula. After one year’s military service in October 1988, he enrolled in the Department of Geography (Faculty of Science) of the University of Zagreb where he completed his master’s degree in 2002 under the supervision of professor Zlatko Pepeonik. In 2012 he obtained the PhD title by defending the doctoral thesis “Indicators of sustainable tourism: the case of inland Istria” supervised by professor Rade Knežević. He works at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula as an assistant professor subjects such as Tourism and Spatial Planning, Tourism and Physical Geography, World Tourism Geography, Tourism Geography of Croatia, Sustainable Tourism Management at The Study of Culture and Tourism, Geographical basis of Interculturalism at The Faculty of Humanities, and Geography at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. His scientific interests are tourism and population geography, spatial planning, regional development, special interest and sustainable tourism. The main research topics in his scientific papers are population distribution, depopulation, demographic resources, life cycle of tourist destinations, geographical research model of memorial and event tourism, indicators of sustainable tourism, cultural tourism, regional development of tourism and tourism intensity.


Tatjana Welzer is full professor at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She is the Head of the Database Technologies Laboratory of the Institute of Informatics. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1995. Her research work covers a wide range of research areas, from databases, cyber security to intercultural communication and research in education. She has participated in numerous national and international research projects as a member, coordinator, team leader and WP leader. Most international projects have been funded by the EC (European Commission) through various Erasmus programs (InSign, CiC and DiT4LL, European University ATHENA). Currently she is leading the Slovenian part of H2020 project Concordia and is also involved in the H2020 project CyberSec4Europe. Her bibliography contains more than 700 bibliographic items, including top JCR IF publications as well as several books. She is also an active reviewer for scientific conferences and journals. She has given guest lectures at different European universities. She is a member of the Senate of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics (FERI) and the member of the Executive board of the Slovenian Society "Informatika". She is also the Slovenian national delegate to IFIP TC 11. She was the Secretary General of ACM Slovenia.