Indonesia Young Scientist Forum 2017

YSF 2017 at ITS Surabaya (1)

Group picture of speakers and some participants at ITS, Surabaya

The Young Scientist Forum (YSF) was initiated in 2015 to inspire and encourage Indonesian students to embark in international study and a career in research. At the YSF, recent Indonesian PhD graduates share their professional and personal experience. This year, in addition to an event at Universitas Indonesia in September (click here to read about it), the YSF was also convened in Makassar and Surabaya.

The host in Makassar was the Faculty of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (FIKP), Universitas Hasanuddin. More than 60 undergraduate and graduate students, and some faculty members attended the event. The event was opened by Dean of FIKP Dr. Aisjah Farhum, who noted that opening the YSF was her first official duty as Dean (Dr. Farhum was just installed the day before the YSF). Professor Jamaluddin Jompa, former Dean of FIKP and current Secretary General of Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia (ALMI, the Indonesian academy of young scientists), followed with a brief, yet inspiring, call for students to pursue a career in academic research, noting that Indonesia still lags behind its Southeast Asian neighbours in terms of scholarly output, with potentially dire consequences in the future.

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Speakers and some participants at Universitas Hasanuddin

The panel of young scientists at Universitas Hasanuddin comprised of Andi Masyitha Irwan (Universitas Hasanuddin) speaking on self-care practices and health-seeking behavior among older persons; Satrio Wicaksono (World Resources Institute) on geological and environmental research for sustainable development; and Wahyu Bambang Widayatno (Research Center for Physics, LIPI) on porous materials for catalytic biomass conversion.

Even though the panelists were researchers working in very different scientific areas, they have in common a forward-looking approach to research,with topics relevant in the immediate future and a demonstrated multi-disciplinary approach to scientific query. The majority of questions posed by participants were related to recipes for success and perseverance in a career of research in Indonesia.

YSF 2017 at ITS Surabaya (2)

The panel in Surabaya (l-r): Lydia Napitupulu (ANU Indonesia Project), Wahyu Bambang Widayatno (LIPI), Dhimas Widhi Handani (ITS), Satrio Wicaksono (WRI Indonesia)

The YSF continued the next day in Surabaya, with the Faculty of Marine Technology of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) as host. More than 80 students, faculty members and some alumni attended the event. In addition to Satrio Wicaksono and Wahyu Bambang Widayatno, Dhimas Widhi Handani (ITS) joined the panel, speaking on Automatic Identification System (AIS) for increasing safety of ship traffic and offshore facilities in Indonesia.

Media and other articles related to the event (click to read the articles):

Ini Kata – Roadshow Young Scientist Forum di Universitas Hasanuddin

Antara Sulsel – ALMI: Iptek Indonesia Masih Jauh Tertinggal

Celebes News – Presiden ALMI: Kondisi Indonesia Dalam IPTEK Masih Jauh
Tertinggal

Harian Amanah – Indonesia Ketinggalan di Sektor Pengembangan Ilmu
dan Tekhnologi

ITS – Young Scientist Forum 2017