Dr. Bojan Vršnak, dipl. ing.

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Personal Information
Born: 16.03.1957, Zagreb, Croatia
Citizenship: Croatia
Address: Faculty of Geodesy, Kačićeva 26, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Professional Preparation
PhD, Astrophysics (Solar Physics), University of Zagreb, 1987
MSc, Astrophysics (Solar Physics), University of Zagreb, 1983
BSc, Theoretical Physics, University of Zagreb, 1980

Employment: Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, Uni. Zagreb, since 1981

Position: scientific advisor, since 2000

Research field: solar physics - theoretical and observational aspects of: eruptive phenomena in the solar atmosphere, coronal and interplanetary shocks, heliospheric propagation of coronal mass ejections, solar-terrestrial physics, space weather

Teaching:  Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Zagreb (two postgraduate courses: Plasma Physics and Solar Magnetohydrodynamics);  Karl-Franzens Universität Graz  (Guest Prof.: 2001 course: Solar Flares; 2007 course: Physics of Solar Flares and CMEs;2014 course: Physics of CMEs); mentor of 14 PhD theses, 11 MSc theses., and 11 BSc theses; author of University textbook on plasma physics: "Temelji fizike plazme" (Školska knjiga, 1996); three handbooks, 14 chapters in books; active in popularization of astronomy (several public lectures per year).

Member of the editorial board for the journals Solar Physics, The Scientific World Journal, Journal of Astrophysics, and Central European Astrophysics Bulletin.

Member of International Astronomical Union (IAU), American Geophysical Union (AGU), European Astronomical Society (EAU), Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), Joint Organization for Solar Observation (JOSO), Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers (CESRA), Croatian Astronomical Society, Croatian Physical Society.

Referee of a number of national projects in Belgium, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Slovakia, and USA; referee of almost 100 papers in journals Adv. Space Res., Ann. Geophys., Astron. Astrophys., Astrophys. J., Astrophys. J. Lett., Astron. Nachr., Geophys. Res. Lett., Int. J. Geomag. Aeron.; J. Atm. Sol.-Terr. Phys.; J. Geophys. Res., Solar Phys., Space Sci. Rev., Publ. Astron. Soc. Japan.

Publications:  347 sci. papers in peer-reviewed journals listed in NASA-ADS (187 indexed in "Current Contents"), mostly related to eruptive phenomena in the solar atmosphere and their interplanetary propagation; more than 10.000 citations according to NASA-ADS (average citation rate in last few years > 70 cit/month; h-index = 53). 195 papers are recorded by ISI-WOK with total number of citations > 7700 (h-index = 51). Published four textbooks on plasma physics, astronomy and astrophysics, as well as a number of popular-science articles.

  • The International Kristian Birkeland medal for Space Weather and Space Climate, 2017
  • According to bibliographic survey of the Stanford university (California, 2019.) based on SCOPUS data base, is among 2% of most influential world scientists.

Principal investigator or a collaborator in a number of national and international projects in the field of solar physics and space weather.

International collaboration: Astronomicky ustav Ondrejov; Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam; Christian-Albrechts-Universität; International Space Science Institute, Bern; Institut d’Aeronomie Spatiale de Belgique; Institut f. Geophyisik, Astrophysik und Meteorologie, Graz; NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center; Observatoire de Paris-Meudon; Royal Observatory of Belgium; Air Force Research Laboratory; US Naval Reserach Laboratory.

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