Academy hosts Indonesia–Australia Science Collaboration Forum

Forum participants with Dr Alan Finkel (third from left) and Professor Andrew Holmes (third from right)

The Academy hosted an Indonesia–Australia Science Collaboration Forum in June, providing an opportunity for Australian government departments, funding agencies, learned academies in Australia, universities, and agencies such as CSIRO and ACIAR, together with Indonesian counterparts, to discuss ways to continue to strengthen the science, technology and innovation relationship between the two countries. They also discussed a proposed bilateral research symposium to be hosted by the Indonesian and Australian academies of science in Canberra this coming November, in the areas of health, agriculture, coral reef management and climate change.

The forum was chaired by Academy President, Professor Andrew Holmes AM PresAA FRS FTSE. It was attended by members of a high-level delegation from Indonesia that included Dr Muhammad Dimyati, Deputy Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education; Professor Sangkot Marzuki, President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences; and representatives from the recently launched Indonesian Science Fund (ISF) and the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI). The Indonesian delegation was visiting Australia under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Australia’s Chief Scientist and Academy Fellow, Dr Alan Finkel AO FAA FTSE, spoke at the forum.

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