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Construction of Serbia's 'mini CERN' to begin in late 2020

Christian Fernsby |
The construction of a Verrocchio Centre, which will conduct physical and high technology experiments in collaboration with CERN, will begin in the Zemun, Belgrade Institute of Physics in late 2020 and is due to be completed in two years, says Institute Director Aleksandar Bogojevic.

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It is one of the priority projects of the Serbian government in the field of innovation and the construction works will cost 5 mln euros, he said.

The concept is supported by CERN, the Network of National Institutes of Italy (INFN) and DESY, the biggest scientific facility in Germany.

"The construction of the centre as a small section of CERN is an ideal way for a small country to jump in and compete in the scientific big league," Bogojevic said.

The centre, which will bring together scientists from around the world, was named after Italian Renaissance painter Andrea del Verrocchio, whose students included Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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