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A small seed grant from UMass Boston’s Office of Global Programs will make it possible for three members of our Coasts and Communities team to visit University of Zadar (UNIZD) on the Croatian coast this May. This expedition will be led by our one and only Dr. Anamarija Frankic, Director of Green Harbors Project, who in 2014 spent her Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Zadar, where she helped establish the first Biomimicry Course in Croatia and the first Biomimicry LivingLabs in Europe.

Our team composed of Dr. Frankic (Director of Green Harbors Project), Deniz Bertuna (graduate student at the School for the Environment), and Rrezarta Hyseni (instructional designer with UMB Educational Technology), will be able to meet face-to-face with our UNIZD counterparts and plan to work together on educational efforts for community engagement on both coastal cities by establishing Coasts and Communities International Ecoliteracy Initiative. Our team from UMB will share our expertise in designing and delivering free online courses for the community and will try to help the UNIZD team design their own open online course specific to the Zadar area. We will also film new lectures specific to the Adriatic coast to expand our own Coasts and Communities open online course. Read more about the course and Dr. Frankic’s previous collaboration with UNIZD.

This initiative will allow UMass Boston to build on a previous fruitful collaboration started with Dr. Frankic’s Fulbright residency; it will strengthen the relationship between UMass Boston and UNIZD and pave the way for future exchanges.

We can’t wait! Stay tuned for updates and photos from our visit.

(Photo of Zadar, Croatia by Velid Jakupovic via