Within the project Research For Society, the University of Zadar is organising a conference cycle on interdisciplinary research in Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (SmUCS).

This call is addressed to all EU-CONEXUS partner institutions and their researchers, with the purpose of coming together on topics of common interest. All conferences and roundtables will deal with the challenges of coastal areas’ sustainable development.

Sustainable development of maritime tourism, which will observe the phenomenon of tourism and its growth from a sociological, economic, and environmental aspect.

Blue heritage, a conference that would focus on the relationship between man and heritage under the common blue umbrella, including the underwater heritage and islands.

Blue economy in urban coastal areas, covering various themes with an interdisciplinary approach, from sustainable agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and seafaring.

Countdown until the event

In the first conference, the phenomenon of coastal tourism and its rapid growth will be observed, along with its environmental, sociological and economical effects, both positive and negative. As sub-topics for the conference roundtable, we can offer:

Ecological effects of tourism

The impact of tourism on the local community

Heritage and tourism

Food and tourism

Smart tourism

Well-being tourism

The event will be held online (Zoom platform) and will include three parts:

  • Introductory lecture: keynote speaker Izidora Marković Vukadin, PhD from the Institute for Tourism (Zagreb, Croatia). The lecture will be broadcasted.
  • Short presentation by a researcher from each partner university (up to 10-15 minutes per presentation) in which they will present their research from the field on the theme of the event.
  • A roundtable/workshop will be held after this event on a topic that the majority of partners choose via the questionnaire.

Please register on this platform to receive the conference details.

We hope to see you there!


10:00 – 10:05


10:05 – 10:45

Keynote speech

Challenges of sustainable tourism management and monitoring sustainability

Izidora Marković Vukadin, PhD

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:45

Parallel session

11:00 – 11:15

Has the hinterland of Zadar County the potential to become a sustainable tourism destination? Perceptions of the local community.

Session A

Gabrijela Vidić (chair)

University of Zadar, Croatia

Impact of tourism in the City of Zadar (Croatia)

Session B

Tomislav Klarin (chair)

University of Zadar, Croatia

11:15 – 11:30

An impact of environmental crisis on the performance of hospitality sector

Session A

Daria Mitroshenko

Catholic University of Valencia, Spain

Blue sector sustainability – Decarbonization in ports and marinas

Session B

Emmanouil Nikolaidis

Frederick University, Cyprus

11:30 – 11:45

Ecological effects of tourism/tourism and sustainable development

Session A

Edna Hernandez Gonzales

SEA-EU alliance

Coastal ecosystems and tourism in the coastal areas of Andalusia (Spain)

Session B

Maria de Andres

SEA-EU alliance

11:45 – 12:00

Efficiency of sustainability tourism

Session A

Julio Lozano Ramirez

SEA-EU alliance

Environmental consciousness of beach tourists

Session B

Mariia Iamkovaia

SEA-EU alliance

12:00 – 12:15

Sustainable service of management in tourism

Session A

Edna Ozuna

University of Rostock, Germany

Fishing tourism: a sustainable way to secure the good ecological status of marine and coastal environments

Session B

George Ekonomou

Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

12:15 – 12:30

The regulation of short-term rental platforms

Session A

Sylvain Dejean

La Rochelle University, France

Tourism of spatial changes as a new concept in heritage interpretation

Session B

Eduardas Spiriajevas

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

12:30 – 12:45

Heritage and coastal areas: partners for sustainable development

Session A

Pablo Vidal González

Catholic University of Valencia, Spain

Sustainable tourism development in the Baltic Sea Region from the youth perspective

Session B

Diana Šaparnienė

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

12:45 – 13:00

Practical sailing voyages of Klaipeda University sailboats as the significant part of the sustainable development of maritime tourism in Klaipėda

Session A

Ana Timonina - Mickevičienė

Klaipeda University, Lithuania


Session B

13:00 – 13:30

Discussion and conclusions

13:30 – 14:30

Pause for lunch

14:30 – 15:30


Group A: The impact of tourism on the local community
Group B: Climate change and tourism

15:30 – 16:00

Discussion and conclusions