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07.06.2023. “A win-win situation” – look at the video about the research visit of our PhD student Lucija Kanjer to the BCCM Cyanobacteria Collection at the University of Liège and read the article here

05.05.2023 Sunčica Bosak held a public presentation as a part of Day and Night of Faculty of Science (DiN PMF).: Tales of seaturtles and their microbial friends

16.01.2023 Klara Filek wrote a short article about her experience as a PhD student working on TurtleBIOME project during turbulent times (COVID pandemic lockdowns and Zagreb earthquakes). It is published in the The Microbiologist magazine, Be Inspired section: “Finding resilience amidst sea turtle-associated microbes

16.01.2023 Klara Filek was interviewed as a part of EU Initiative SHEU leads.


22.12.2022. Lucija Kanjer held popular science lecture online as a part of Croatian Microbiological Society lecture series: Cyanobacteria in microbial communities of sea turtle carapaces

29.11.2022.  Klara Filek defended her doctoral thesis! We have recorded this extraordinary event for the general public and people that were not able to attend and you can listen to or watch the defense below (in english).

29.10. 2022. We participated in the Opening day of Centre of Excellence for Biology of Varaždin  where Sunčica Bosak has held an interactive lecture for pupils 5th-8th grade of elementary school telling them about seaturtles and their microbes. Article link

06.10.2022.  Sunčica Bosak was a guest together with Karin Gobić Medica from Aquarium Pula at Croatian National Television popular science show  “Third element”: Marine Turtles 

15.06.2022.  Klara Filek participated in PhD Cafe organized by Croatian National Science Fund in Booksa where she presented her PhD work 

08.04.2022. Klara Filek and Lucija Kanjer participated in Biology Night held as a part of Day and Night of PMF in a form of a short YT video (from 3:35):

03.02.2022. Klara Filek wrote short summary of her PhD student’s research presented at the International Diatom Symposium 2021 online (where she was awarded 1st Prize for her poster presentation) for Young International Society for Diatom Research blog: [link]

14.12.2021. Klara Filek has been awarded by Croatian National Fund in a contest: “The Best Scientific Photo” in category “in the field” . The photo named “Encounters” shows Karin Gobić Medica and Sunčica Bosak in Aquarium Pula during sampling of the carapace of loggerhead sea turtle. 

“Susreti” by Klara Filek

07.09.2021. Klara Filek has published a popular scientific article as a part of International Microorganism day: What can we learn from microbial jungles carried by sea turtles? featured also on our Blog


16.06.2021 On World Sea Turtle Day, join Dr Roksana Majewska as she researches the diatoms that ‘catch a ride’ on these incredible creatures, and learn about how their relationship can help future conservation : A post on The Linnean Society of London : [link]
13.05.2021. Online workshop as a part of Festival of Science 2021 prepared by Lucija Kanjer, Klara Filek and Marta Žižek. https://youtu.be/QkV0pQjtdXI
27.10.2020. Lucija Kanjer article “Diatom Diversity on the Skin of Frozen Historic Loggerhead Sea Turtle Specimens” got featured as a Cover story of the new journal issue of “Diversity”

08.11.2019.  Klara Filek and Sunčica Bosak were presenting the Turtlebiome research in TV show: Prometej

27.09.2019 Sunčica Bosak and Klara Filek participated in “Researchers Night 2019” organized by Croatian National Fund . We organized a workshop together with the 6th grade pupils of elementary school Stenjevec and their teacher Antonio Mucko called “Colourful microbial world of plants” and the kids had the opportunity to present results of their research themselves.

03.06.2019.  Sunčica Bosak and Klara Filek were visiting Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples and sampling teir seaturtles:) as a part of ASSEMBLE PLUS project:  Characterization of the epizoic microbiota of the Mediterranean sea turtles. 

Suncica has contributed with their success story as a part of the ASSEMBLE PLUS website

11.04.2019. Adriana Trotta, DMV (the University of Bari, Department of Veterinary Medicine) held a lecture entitled: “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in loggerhead sea turtles as bio-indicators of pollution in the Adriatic sea” as a part of the regular public lectures organized by Croatian Botanical Society (HBotD).

11.04.2019 Dr. Romana Gračan had a lecture as a part of Science Festival 2019 Colors in the life of a loggerhead sea turtle

05.04. 2019.  Exhibition and workshop as a part of Biology Night and Day and Night at PMF! Collaboration between professors and students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Faculty of Science in Zagreb. All photos available in our Gallery Glass World on Turtle’s back

15.11. 2018. Sunčica Bosak participated in Interliber event Znanstveni kvart 2018 in a workshop with 10year olds talking about seaturtles and their impression of a microbiology scientist. The event was called “Znanstvenik fora ili noćna mora”

30.10.2018. Lecture „Science in a cold paradise ” by Prof. Bart Van de Vijver, where he told us of his Antarctic adventures was organized by Croatian Botanical Society. We are very happy that Bart is collaborating with us on our TurtleBIOME project and we are identifying and describing new diatom species together!


21.06. 2018. Sunčica Bosak held a public presentation of the TurtleBIOME project as part of a lecture by association BIOM at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb.

10.05. 2018. Maja Mucko presented discovery of the six new diatom species from the Entomoneis genus on the broadcast of the ”Prometheus” show. The show is available on the HRTi platform at the following link, and you can view the item from 6:05 to 10:00 minutes.

23.04. 2018  Sunčica Bosak and Maja Mucko, were hosted in a half-hour show “Eppur si muove” of Croatian Radio to talk about Plankton diatoms. The topic of the interview was the newly published scientific paper and the discovery of six new types of diatoms from the Adriatic Sea, which were described using a morphological and molecular approach –  methodology to be used within the TurtleBIOME project. The show is available for listening on this link.

19.04. 2018 doc.dr.sc. Sunčica Bosak held a lecture titled “Microbiome of sea turtles” as a part of the Science Festival at the Technical Museum in Zagreb. She presented the latest findings in the field of human microbiome research, holobiont concept and other interesting topics related to microbiome research in the world. 

05.04. 2018 doc.dr.sc. Sunčica Bosak was hosted on Radio Sljeme in the issue From the World of Science, under the title: ”Caretta carreta; The world on the turtles’ back, but also the one inside it, will unravel a quest for an epizoic and endozoic microbiome of Loggerhead turtle!” where she presented the HRZZ project.

14.03. 2018 doc. Dr Sunčica Bosak hosted HRT’s “Prometheus” show broadcasted on  at the HRT’s First Program where her  current and future scientific research work was briefly presented in the  “Science with Signature”.

14. 03.2018. Wonderful article published by our Roksana Majewska. Amazing scientist & artist

Dissapearance by Roksana Majewska

17.03.2018. Jutarnji List has published an article written by Tanja Rudež about new and interesting science projects chosen by Croatian Science Fund (HRZZ) . In the HRZZ report, the TurtleBIOME project has been chosen as an exemplary project.

These are the best projects of our young researchers: We present the four most interesting ventures that will launch the careers of our scientists.

12.03.2018. In the Library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU),  projects funded by the Croatian Foundation for Science under the program “Installation Research grants” were presented. As part of the HRZZ project presentation, doc. Dr Sunčica Bosak presented the project “Microbiome of Loggerhead turtle Caretta carretta: Insight into epizoic and endozoic community.”

Presentation and description of lectures are available on the Foundation’s web site.

The lecture video is available on the HRZZ YouTube channel (in Croatian; 21:00 – 38:00).