NSK hosting ARCA 2021, 19th International Innovation Exhibition

Objavljeno 14.10.2021.

On 14 October 2021, the National and University Library in Zagreb hosted the opening of ARCA 2021, organised by The Union of Croatian Innovators as this year’s, the 19th, International Innovation Exhibition. The exhibition, which has been promoting inventions and innovations for almost two decades, is the largest gathering of inventors and innovators in Croatia, and as such included in the calendar of events of the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA), one of the exhibition’s co-organisers.

The opening programme included addresses by the President of The Union of Croatian Innovators Professor Miljenko Šimpraga, Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Dr Ivanka Stričević, Director of the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) Zoran Barišić and Director of the Industry Sector of the Croatian Chamber of Economy Tajana Kesić Šapić. Other speakers at the opening included the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO) Vjeran Vrbanec, State Secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development Ivo Milatić, Croatian Minister of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets Darko Horvat and Envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia and Assistant Adviser to the President for Economy Martina Ciglević. The programme also included a musical performance by the string quartet of the Zagreb Academy of Music.

The exhibition, which will be taking place until 16 October 2021, is presenting the latest innovations from Croatia, China, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Poland, Slovenia and Serbia, developed by individuals, research teams in private sector businesses and public sector enterprises, innovations designed in academic institutions and public institutes, as well as by high-profile companies and start-ups, in almost every field of human activity, ranging from industry to daily life.

Particular attention is given to innovations by young authors, Croatian secondary-school and university students, for whom, as well as for primary school pupils, special STEM-related programme and workshops are organised.

The exhibition will close with the awards ceremony as part of which the best innovation will be awarded ARCA Innovation Grand Prix, the exhibition’s top prize.

Apart from IFIA, the exhibition’s co-organisers are the Croatian Association of Technical Culture (CATC) and University of Zagreb, and it is taking place under the auspices of the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and Croatian Chamber of Economy.

All exhibition programmes and events are free of charge for all visitors, who are required to abide by all measures to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.

Learn more about ARCA 2021.