Departments HAZU

Departments are the bearers of the Academy’s tasks. The working composition of the departments consists of regular members, and the wider composition also includes correspondent members and associate members.

III. Department of Natural Sciences

Secretary: Goran Durn, F.C.A.

Deputy secretary: Igor Anić, F.C.A.

Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 11, 10000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 01 4895 171
Central: +385 01 4895 111

The Department of Natural Sciences includes two branches of science – biology and geology – each responsible for a wide range of fields. In biology, these are forestry and agriculture genetics, cellular biology and molecular genetics, the complex fields of microbiology, macrofauna and microfauna, ecology, physiology, immunobiology, and biochemistry. The geology branch includes the areas of paleontology, stratigraphy, tectonics, crystallography, the petrology of igneous, metamorphic, and sediment rocks, deposits of mineral raw materials, geochemistry, geophysics, and geography.

Prominent former members of the department were: Špiro Brusina, Đuro Pilar, Andrija Mohorovičić, Dragutin Gorjanović Kramberger, Mišo Kišpatić, Alois Tavčar i Fran Tućan.

The Department includes scientific units such as the Institute for Ornithology in Zagreb, the Institute for Quaternary Paleontology and Geology in Zagreb and the Croatian Committee on Geodesy and Geophysics.

Department members participate in various scientific councils and committees of the Academy, such as the Council for Oil and Gas Economy and Power Supply, the Council for Telemetry and Photointerpretation, the  Council for Environmental Protection, the Council for Natural Scientific Research on the Adriatic, the Council for Agriculture and Forestry, the Geochemistry Committee, the Geotectonics Committee, and the Karst Committee.

Corresponding members and associate members take an active part in the activities of the Department. Department members also participate in the work of the Center for Scientific Work in Vinkovci and the Arboretum in Trsteno. The Department publishes scientific periodical Larus.