Contact:  dario.novak@inantro.hr

 

Academic and Scientific Degrees:

  • Research Associate. Humanities and Social Sciences, Field of Kinesiology.
  • PhD. Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb. Humanities and Social Sciences, Field of Kinesiology. Doctoral thesis: Macro-regional and urban-rural differences in anthropological characteristics among the 5th grade primary school pupils in the Republic of Croatian. Supervisor: professor Boris Neljak, PhD.
  • Integrated graduate university study of kinesiology. Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb.
  • Integrated undergraduate university study of kinesiology. Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb.

 

Work Experience:

  • Since 2018. Research Associate. Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb.
  • 2014-2018. Higher assistant. Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb.
  • 2007-2014. Research Associate. Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb.

 

Continuous Professional Education:

  • 2014-2015. Harvard University, Boston, MA, US (Prof. Ichiro Kawachi, PhD) (Social Capital and Youth Physical Activity).
  • 2013-2014. Columbia University, New York, NY, US (Prof. Stephen Silverman, PhD) (Research on Teaching in Physical Education).

 

Projects:

  • 2017. UNESCO, Expert Committee Member, Paris, France.
  • Since 2015. Principal investigator. „Social capital and youth physical activity: high school population-based worldwide study”.
  • 2016-17. Principal investigator. „Social capital and youth physical activity: high school population-based study in Slovakia”.
  • 2015-16. Principal investigator. „Social capital and youth physical activity: high school population-based study in Austria”.
  • 2016-20. Investigator-associate. „CRO-PALS”.
  • 2017-18. Investigator-associate. “Bi-annual ICSSPE project”
  • 2017-18. Investigator-associate. “Sport MyWAY project – multi-sport approach for young athletes”.
  • 2012. Investigator-associate. Influence of physical activity on loco-motoric, metabolic and educational status of the population of the citizens of the Republic of Serbia project.
  • 2012. Investigator-associate. Improvement of quality and availability of schooling systems in the process of modernization of Serbia project.
  • 2010-2012. Investigator-associate. CRO-Fit Norms.
  • 2007-2012. Investigator-associate. Development of algorithms for testing multivariate structural hypotheses.
  • 2009. Principal investigator. International project Sports in 3D.

 

Organizational Skills and Competences:

  • FIEP Europe General Secretary.
  • Organized number of domestic and international scientific conferences, including the first international social capital conference in Croatia, June 2018.
  • General Secretary of the 6th European FIEP Europe Congress, Poreč, Croatia, 2011.
  • Editor of the Proceedings Book of the 6th European FIEP Europe Congress, Poreč, Croatia, 2011.

 

Committees, Boards and Working Groups:

  • 2016. Curriculum Board Member, Ministry of Science and Education, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • Since 2013. General Secretary, FIEP Europe, International Association for Physical Education and Sport.
  • 2014. Member of CSPECHW (Committee of School Physical Education and Community Health and Wellness) Expert Member on School Physical Education and Community Health and Wellness.
  • Since UNESCO, Expert Committee Member, Paris, France.
  • Since 2013. Member of ICSP (International Committee for Sport Pedagogy).
  • Since 2013-2017. Member of Organizational Committee, Summer School of Kinesiology, Croatia.
  • 2013. Curriculum Board Member, Ministry of Science and Education, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2012. Principal investigator, Global Health and Physical Education School Network (GHPESN).

 

Scientific and Professional Work:

 

List of publications – link

  • In the period till 2018 (January). Total citation number according to Web of Science Core Collection, SCI included, Cited Reference Search: 28
  • Research interest (areas): physical activity, physical education, health, children and youth.
  • Participated in number of international and domestic scientific and expert conferences.
  • Reviewer for scientific journals: Research bi-annual for movement (India), International Journal of Physical Education (Germany), Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science (Hong Kong), Croatian Journal of Education (Croatia), Kinesiology (Croatia), Fiep Bulletin (Brazil), Fitness and Performance Journal (Brazil), International Journal of Mental Health Systems (Australia), Appetite (Netherlands), Social Science and Medicine (US), World Journal of Pediatrics (Germany), SSM – Population Health (US), BMJ Open (UK).
  • Editorial Boards: Research bi-annual for movement (India), International Journal of Mental Health Systems (Australia).

 

Teaching Experience:

  • Since 2005 participated of teaching of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students of kinesiology at the University of Zagreb.
  • Since 2007 participated of teaching of undergraduate students of University of Applied Health Sciences.
  • Since 2007 participated of teaching of elementary school students at the Lauder Hugo–Kon, Zagreb.

 

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Medalla Prof. Adolfo Perez Acosta, Mexican Award for educational excellence.
  • International FIEP (Federation International d’Education Physique) Cross of Honor Award.
  • Dean’s Award, Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb, the best young researcher in 2016/2017 academic Year.
  • Dean’s Award, Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb, the best young researcher in 2015/2016 academic Year.
  • Dean’s Award, Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb, the best young researcher in 2014/2015 academic Year.
  • Takemi Fellow, Takemi Program in international Health, Harvard University.
  • Croatian Kinesiology Association, awarded paper at the Summer School of Kinesiology, Poreč.
  • FIEP (Federation International d’Education Physique) Europe Thulin Award, the best young researcher in the field of education.

 

Memberships in Scientific and Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • Federation Internationale d’Education Physique (FIEP EUROPE)
  • International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA)
  • International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
  • International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)
  • European Physical Education Association (EUPEA)
  • Croatian Kinesiology Association (HRKS)
  • Croatian Tennis Association (HTS)
  • Croatian Ski Instructors and Trainers Association (ZUTS)
  • Croatian Physical Conditioning Association (UKTH)