Sanja Stipičević

Division of Environmental Hygiene

Assist Prof / PhD / Senior Scientific Associate


  • 2009 PhD in Chemistry, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry
  • 2003 MSc in Chemistry, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry
  • 1998 BSc in Chemistry, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry

Work Experience

  • 1998–present  Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia

Research projects

  • 2024–2027 Environment Pollution and Human Health: Physico-Chemical Analysis, Toxicity and Machine Learning Models – EnvironPollutHealth, NextGenerationEU (collaborator)
  • 2021–2024 Analysis of Organic Pollutants in Biological Systems and the Environment, IMROH (collaborator)
  • 2021–2022 Bioactive Potential and Content of Metals and Nicotine in Edible Mushrooms in Relation to Soil Contamination with Toxic Metals, IMROH (collaborator)
  • 2016–2017 Development of Biotest Method for Detection of Herbicide Residues in Soil, Foundation of the Croatian Academy for Sciences and Arts (collaborator)
  • 2015–2016 Behavior of New Herbicides in the Corn Field near Zagreb, Foundation of the Croatian Academy for Sciences and Arts (leader)
  • 2014–2018 Organic Pollutants in Environment – Markers and Biomarkers of Toxicity – OPENTOX, Croatian Science Foundation (collaborator)
  • 2011–2013 Monitoring of Organic and Inorganic Pollution in the Environment of Plitvice Lakes, Plitvice Lakes National Park (collaborator)
  • 2009–2010 Dissolution and Sorption of Munition Constituents, Croatian-Israel Joint Research Program (collaborator)
  • 2007–2014 Organic Pollutants in the Environment – Distribution, Interaction, Human Exposure, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia (collaborator)
  • 2004–2005 Study of the Interaction of Pesticides with Inorganic and Organic Substances in Water and Soil, Croatian-Slovenian Bilateral Grant (collaborator)
  • 2002–2006 Pesticides, Persistent and Volatile Organic Pollutants in the Environment, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia (collaborator)
  • 2002–2006 Conceptual Model for Biotechnological Treatment of Wastewater from Atrazine Production, Technological project (collaborator)
  • 1999–2001 Analysis and Chemistry of Pesticides and Related Compounds in Biosphere, Croatian-Slovenian Bilateral Grant (collaborator)
  • 1998–2002 Distribution of Pesticides and Related Compounds in Humans and in the Environment, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia (collaborator)

Professional projects

  • 2017–2019 Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Pollutant’s Transport (Nitrates, Phosphates, Pesticides, Heavy Metals) from Agriculture in Different Agroecological Conditions, Hrvatske vode (collaborator)
  • 2002–2012 Annual contracts for systematic surface water quality testing services, Hrvatske vode (collaborator)

Science popularization projects

  • 2022–2024 Meet the Toxicity – Live Safely – MeeTox, EU Erasmus+ KA2 (coordinator for IMROH)
  • 2022–2024 About Science Through Sports – STEMsport, ESF (coordinator for IMROH)
  • 2021–2023 Rivers of Knowledge, ESF (coordinator for IMROH)
  • 2021 Healthy Like a Dragon, Civil Society „Naša djeca“ Ozalj/IMImobile 2021 (coordinator for IMROH)
  • 2019–present IMImobile, IMROH, Zagreb (collaborator, coordinator 2019–2023)


  • 2015–present Graduate study of the Phytomedicine/Agroecology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb. Module: Interactions of herbicides in soil (associate)

Fields of interest

  • analytical chemistry,
  • development of analytical methods,
  • analysis of organic pollutants in environmental samples,
  • interactions and dissipation mechanisms of pesticides in soil/sediment,
  • science popularization

Additional training

  • 2022 Summer School in Science Communication, MEDILS, Split
    Tackling Hazardous Substances Pollution in the Danube River Basin, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2018 Advanced Techniques for the Analysis of Trace Emerging Contaminants in Environmental Samples, Faculty of Science, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2015 Application of the HRN EN ISO/IEC 17025 Standard, Croatian Metrology Society, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2011 S-B-4 STATISTICA BASIC, Systemcom, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2007 Statistics in the Validation of Analytical Methods, Croatian Metrology Society, Zagreb, Croatia
    3rd Summer School on Advances and Trends in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology of Persistent Toxic Substances – RECETOX, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2006 Validation, University of Ljubljana and SENARC, Lipica, Slovenia
  • 2001 Short-term study, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia


  • 2022 Annual award for scientific paper published in the top scientific journal according to the Web of Science, IMROH, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2016 ACS Pittcon Travel Grant, Pittcon International Delegation, American Chemical Society, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 2016 ACS Pittcon Delegate Grant, Joint Board-Council Committee on International Activities, American Chemical Society, San Diego, California, USA


  • Croatian Chemical Society
  • Croatian Society of Toxicology (Court of Honour Member, 2023-present)
  • Croatian Air Pollution Prevention Association

Other engagements

  • 2022–present Committee for Pesticides Member, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republih of Croatia
  • 2022–present Local coordinator for Croatian Research Information System (CroRIS)
  • 2022–2026 Chair of the Committee for Gender Equality Plan, IMROH
  • 2020–present Coordinator for the Career Center of the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb
  • 2016–2023 Science Popularisation and Promotional Activity Coordinator
    IMROH’s Annual Report Editor

List of publications