Young Indonesian scientists to set science agenda

The Indonesian delegation, with Dr Oliver Jones of RMIT (centre back), member of the Academy’s Early- to Mid-career Researcher (EMCR) Forum, and Professor Sangkot Marzuki AM (front, fourth from left), President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.

Scientific advances that could make a significant impact were the focus of a group of young Indonesian scientists who visited Australia in November.

The scientists were accompanied by five members of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI), including the President, Professor Sangkot Marzuki. Their Australian visit will help produce an Indonesian science agenda across the following eight broad themes:

  1. Identity, diversity and culture
  2. Archipelago, maritime and bio-resources
  3. Life, health and nutrition
  4. Water, food and energy
  5. Earth, climate and the Universe
  6. Disasters and community resilience
  7. Material and computational science
  8. Economy, society and governance.

The Academy arranged a meeting between the delegation and representatives of the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council, the CRC Association, the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Academies of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Academy’s Early- and Mid-Career Researchers Forum to learn more about science and innovation in Australia. Dr TJ Higgins FAA FTSE welcomed the delegation on behalf of the Academy.

The delegation later visited research institutions in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.

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