Title: Assistant professor
integrated undergraduate and graduate
Average teacher evaluation survey score for the winter semester 2018/19 (n=93)
M = 4.81, SD=0.51
Dr. Hrvoje Podnar is an associate professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb. His research is focused on promoting the health and physical activity of children and youth, particularly on studying the relationship between physical activity and academic success. He is also involved in designing a system for monitoring physical fitness aimed at improving the physical literacy of students. He is one of the leaders of the ERASMUS+ project, whose goal is to design a platform for tracking students' physical fitness and providing purposeful feedback with the aim of increasing the physical literacy of children and youth.
He researches the prevalence of physical activity and sedentary behavior and designs and evaluates interventions to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior. He has published around 50 scientific and professional articles in local and international journals and conference proceedings. His contribution in the field of kinesiology also includes evaluating the activities of European sports organizations aimed at implementing health-oriented physical activity programs in EU member states.
Teaching. Since 2016, he has been conducting regular teaching at the university study of kinesiology at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, full-time. Average teacher evaluation survey score for the winter semester 2018/19 (n=93) – 4.81±0.51. He also occasionally teaches at the doctoral study of kinesiology at the same faculty.
Organization of Scientific Conferences. Duties in the organization include organizing, leading, and evaluating the work of the section, coordinating the review process, report preparation, awarding the best papers.
Awards and Recognitions
PADI COURSE DIRECTOR - Professional Association of Diving Instructors
ISIA Ski Instructor - HZUTS
2023 - 2025: Work Package Leader, Monitoring physical fitness to enhance the development of physical literacy in children and adolescents (FitBack4Literacy) - ERASMUS-SPORT-2022-SCP-AG-LS-101089829. Funding Source: ERASMUS+. Project goal: Develop an interactive system to enhance physical literacy in children and young people - encompassing emotional, cognitive, and social aspects contributing to a person's overall health and well-being - integrated with the FitBack platform. The system aims to develop physical and health education teacher competencies to encourage long-term physical activity among students by providing them with health-focused feedback on physical fitness.
2020 - 2022: Collaborator, The European Network for the Support of Development of Systems for Monitoring Physical Fitness of Children and Adolescents - No. 613010-EPP-1-2019-1-SI-SPO-SCP. Funding Source: ERASMUS+. Project goal: Create a multilingual online platform, FitBack, designed to offer educational feedback on health based on physical fitness levels. Provide guidelines for establishing systems to monitor the physical fitness of children and adolescents at local, regional, and national levels, and facilitate collaboration between the education, health, and sports sectors.
2020 - 2022: Collaborator, Creating Mechanisms for Continuous Implementation of the Sports Club for Health Guidelines in the European Union - No. 613434-EPP-1-2019-1-HR-SPO-SCP. Funding Source: ERASMUS+. Project goal: Promote health through sports clubs by developing online learning tools, training, and raising awareness among decision-makers. Expand scientific evidence supporting the effective implementation of health promotion initiatives in sports clubs.
2018 - 2022: Collaborator, Science and Technology in Childhood Obesity Policy (STOP) - No. 774548. Funding Source: Horizon 2020. Project goal: Research the causes of childhood obesity and systematize evidence on the effectiveness of various interventions in obesity prevention.
2016 - 2020: Collaborator, Croatian Longitudinal Study on Physical Activity in Adolescence – IP-2016-06-9926. Funding Source: Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ). Project goal: Investigate patterns of change in physical activity during high school and determine its association with physical and mental health, as well as academic performance.
2015 - 2016: Collaborator, full-time employment contract, Promoting National Implementation for Sport Club for Health Programmes in EU Member States – No. 556953-EPP-1-2014-1-FI-SPO-SCP. Funding Source: ERASMUS+. Project goal: Promote Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) through sports clubs in EU member states by providing guidelines, evidence-based reports, and recommendations for sports organizations, as well as strengthening the network of stakeholders dedicated to public health through sports activities.