Petnica – a perfect place for talented students

Petnica Science Center is the biggest and, probably, the oldest independent nonprofit organisation for extracurricular, informal science education in South Eastern Europe. Since 1982, Petnica has organised more than 2,500 programs (seminars, workshops, research camps…) for nearly 50,000 students and science teachers in 15 disciplines of science, technology and humanities. The unique inspirational atmosphere the Petnica Center provides is a perfect place for a Summer Science School since it encourages interest in science in a relaxed environment.

Petnica International Science School takes place alongside our other summer courses, and some of the activities are organized for both PI and local Petnica students who are known for their wide spectrum of interests – they are talented in sports, music, theatre, they enjoy movies and literature and they are very sociable and open for meeting new people and finding out more about different cultures. They themselves come from different social, educational and religious backgrounds in Serbia, and they are interested in different areas of research, so they know how to enjoy the cultural and scientific variety that Petnica has to offer.


Who is Nikola?

Nikola Božić is the Program Director at Petnica Science Center, independent organization for extracurricular science education. He is science educator and science communicator, and TEDx speaker. Nikola was editor-in-chief of Popular Science Magazine (Serbian Edition) and editor of the scientific column at Nikola Božić was author of the popular science book “Astronomy” that received the national prize “Neven” for the best popular science book for youngsters in 2013. He was awarded for his extraordinary contribution to promotion of science by Serbian Ministry of Science with the “Milutin Milankovic” prize in 2010. Nikola Božić is the president of the Board of Young Researchers of Serbia. He is coordinator of the Working Group 18 of the National Convention for EU Integrations for Chapters 25 and 26 (education and scienc) which is organization established to monitor the EU integration process; and the member of The EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) which is one of the bodies set up within the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and Serbia. Nikola Božić was decorated by French Republic with the medal as the knight in Order of Academic Palms for his activities in scientific and educational cooperation between Serbia and France.

Fields of expertise are: management, development and evaluation of educational programs; experimental educational programs; work with gifted kids; development of teacher training programs; development of innovative and experimental educational programs; development of youth excellence; science educational programs; multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education; modern teaching methods; hands on education; do-it-yourself science education; inquiry based learning; best learning practices; educational policies.