Assist. Prof. Vilim Filipović, PhD

Assist. Prof. Vilim Filipović, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division for Agroecology
Department of Soil Amelioration
Office location: 5th pavillon, 2nd floor, room 037
Phone: +385 1 239 3711
Email: vfilipovic ( at )
Languages: croatian, english
Consultations: wednesday from 8 to 10 h

Academic qualifications

  • 2009 - 2012: PhD
    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    Numerical modeling application in water flow and nitrate concentration assessment in hydromorfic soil conditions
  • 2002 - 2008: MSc
    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    Genotypic characterisation of indigenous Sinorhizobium meliloti strains using RAPD and PCR metods

Employment and work experience

  • 2016 - 0000: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
    Assistant Professor
  • 2014 - 2016: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
    Senior Expert Associate
  • 2013 - 2014: INRA - Grignon, ISTO/CNRS, University of Orleans, BRGM, France
    Postdoctoral researcher
  • 2008 - 2014: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
    Expert Associate


Research interests

  • Water flow and solute transport processes in soils
  • Environmental monitoring for soils and water
  • Vadose zone processes – soil physics
  • Nutrient and pesticide leaching and modeling
  • Unsaturated soil hydraulic properties estimation
  • Transport Processes in one and multi dimensions with various equilibrium and nonequilibrium processes in variably saturated porous media

Training and research experience

  • 2019/06/17 - 2019/09/04: CSIRO (scientific)
    Environmental and hydrological implications of innovative sprayable biodegradable polymer membrane. UKF grant
  • 2019/03/03 - 2019/03/13: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (mixed)
    Traning of non invasive imaging methods for soil structure determination/Implementation of novel teaching methods at new courses introduced at Faculty of Agriculture
  • 2017/11/19 - 2017/11/25: BOKU, Austria (scientific)
    Using HYPROP system for soil retention curve estimation. (T. Weninger)
  • 2017/11/05 - 2017/11/11: ZALF, Germany (scientific)
    Modeling using CARBOZAlF-D experimental data. (H. Gerke)
  • 2017/09/17 - 2017/10/05: Penn State University (teaching)
    Teaching. (J. Watson)
  • 2015/10/01 - 2015/10/31: University of Florida, USA (scientific)
    Guest scientist. (G. Toor)
  • 2015/06/14 - 2015/06/19: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture (scientific)
    Campbell Scientific Workshop/LoggerNet/Micrometeorology
  • 2015/06/01 - 2015/07/31: INRA, France (scientific)
    Agreen skills grant. (P. Benoit)
  • 2015/02/01 - 2015/02/14: CEH, UK (scientific)
    Guest scientist. (D. Robinson)
  • 2013/02/01 - 2013/02/15: SLU, Sweden (scientific)
    Guest scientist. (N. Jarvis)
  • 2012/09/01 - 2012/09/29: University of California Riverside, USA (scientific)
    Guest scientist.(J. Šimunek)
  • 2012/05/06 - 2012/05/11: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture (scientific)
    Climate Change and Natural Resource Management
  • 2011/11/01 - 2012/02/29: CZU, Prague, Czech Republic (scientific)
    ERASMUS. (R. Kodešova)
  • 2011/03/06 - 2011/03/11: CZU, Prague, Czech Republic (scientific)
    Advanced modeling of water flow and contaminant transport in porous media using the HYDRUS and HP1 software packages
  • 2010/10/01 - 2010/10/22: ILVO, Ghent, Belgium (scientific)
    Quality assessment/quality control of soil sampling procedures and analysis



Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Podpovršinski preferencijalni transportni procesi u poljoprivrednim padinskim tlima Croatian science foundation 2020/03/01 - 2025/02/28 coordinator
Napredni sustav motrenja agroekosustava u riziku od zaslanjivanja i onečišćenja EU programi 2020/01/01 - 2023/01/01 coordinator
Environmental and hydrological implications of innovative sprayable biodegradable polymer membrane UKF i HRZZ 2019/05/22 - 2019/09/22 coordinator
Smanjenje emisija stakleničkih plinova upotrebom gradskog i poljoprivrednog otpada u proizvodnji bilja Croatian science foundation 2017/04/01 - 2019/03/31 partner
Impact of long-term compost addition on trace metal behaviour in agricultural soils MZO 2017/01/01 - 2018/12/31 coordinator
Impacts of soil water repellency on hydraulic characteristics under variable climate conditions: Experimental and modeling approach MZO 2016/01/01 - 2017/12/31 partner
Kvantificiranje lateralnog i vertikalnog preferencijalnog toka na erozijom zahvaćenim brdskim obradivim površinama MZO 2016/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Utjecaj hidrofobnosti tla na hidrauličke karakteristike pri promjenjivim klimatskim uvjetima: eksperimentalni i simulacijski pristup MZO 2016/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Scaling preferential flow processes in agricultural soils due to tillage and trafficking at the field scale Bilateralni, Program Hubert Curien; Cogito 2015/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Određivanje hidrauličkih parametara i infiltracija tla opožarenih područja Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Zaštita voda na hidromelioriranim poljoprivrednim površinama od onečišćenja provođenjem mjera predloženih direktivama EU u primjeni gnojiva i pesticida Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator
Utjecaj malčiranja i navodnjavanja kapanjem na tok vode i dinamiku nitrata u krškim uvjetima: primjena numeričkog modeliranja Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2015/01/01 - 2015/12/31 coordinator


  • David A. Robinson, D.A., Hopmans, J.W., Filipović, V., van der Ploeg, M., Lebron, I., Jones, S.B., Reinsch, S., Jarvis, N., Tuller, M. (2019). Global Environmental Changes Impact Soil Hydraulic Functions through Biophysical Feedbacks. Global Change Biology, 25(6), 1895–1904.
  • Filipović, V., Romić, D., Romić, M., Borošić, J., Filipović, L., Mallmann, F.J.K., Robinson, D.A. (2016.): Plastic mulch and nitrogen fertigation in growing vegetables modify soil temperature, water and nitrate dynamics: Experimental results and a modeling study. Agricultural water management, 176: 100-110.
  • Filipović, V., Coquet, Y., Pot, V., Houot, S., Benoit, P. (2016.): Modeling water and isoproturon dynamics in a soil profile with different urban waste compost application considering local heterogeneities. Geoderma, 268:29–40.
  • Filipović, V., Toor, G., Ondrašek, G., Kodešová, R. (2014.): Modeling water flow and nitrate-nitrogen transport on future golf courses under turfgrass. Journal of Soil and Sediments, 15:1847-1859.
  • Filipović, V., Mallmann, F.J.K.,Coquet, Y., Šimůnek, J. (2014.): Numerical simulation of water flow in tile and mole drainage systems. Agricultural water management, 146:105–114.
  • Filipović, V., Coquet, Y., Pot, V., Houot, S., Benoit, P. (2014.): Modeling the effect of soil structure on water flow and isoproturon dynamics in an agricultural field receiving repeated urban waste compost application. Science of the total environment, 499:546–559.

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Other professional activities

  • 2015 - : International Soil Modeling Consortium
  • 2015 - : Soil Science Society of America
  • 2015 - : European Geosciences Union
  • 2009 - : Soil Science Society of Croatia
  • 2020 - : Vadose Zone Journal
    Associate Editor
  • 2018 - : Soil Science Society of America Journal
    Associate Editor

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