Verrocchio’s principal mission is to conduct advanced project-centered training of undergraduate and graduate students.
Verrocchio Center is located on the Danube campus of the Institute of Physics Belgrade.
Verrocchio is financed as a priority social innovation project of the Government of the Republic of Serbia with additional support from IPB and its strategic partners CERN, INFN and DESY. A key additional partner is the Petnica Science Center (PSC), a unique institution with four decades of experience of successfully working with talented young people interested in science and technology.
The goal of Verrocchio Center is to help integrate research, education and innovation at IPB into a unique creative process. The center gets its name from the Italian Renaissance sculptor and painter whose workshop was the place of training for several of Renaissance’s greatest artists, including Leonardo da Vinci.
The Verrocchio name is the fulcrum, IPB and its partners are the lever needed to “move the world” and set up a distributed network of interacting and complementary institutional experiments working to create environments much more efficient in transforming potential creativity (existing in large segments of the population throughout the world) into actual creativity of the highest level.
Verrocchio’s principal mission is to conduct advanced project-centered training of undergraduate and graduate students. This specialized training is designed to be multidisciplinary, geared towards teamwork, and focused on the realizing of ambitious innovative projects implemented through one or more year-long modules.
Verrocchio relies heavily on the existing expertise and infrastructure of IPB and its partner institutions. Individual projects will vary from year to year, and the themes of these projects determine the composition (and skills) of the corresponding generation of Verrocchio students.
Construction of Verrocchio starts beginning of 2023 and is expected to be completed by 2025.