Insight Science Leadership Collaborative Vol. 5

Happy Holidays and ahoy, science leaders! Plenty had happened in Science Leadership Collaborative, ending with the third breath and moving forward to the fourth, ending on high energy and maintaining our energy. What’s been cooking inside of the SLC Lab? The Fifth Newsletter, Insight Science Leadership Collaborative, got you covered. Find out more about it here:

Learning and unlearning from our last module!

The underlining idea for the third breath is to know how to perceive and influence the system—acknowledging that there is a system with networks of actors and roles intended to achieve the objectives. This awareness guides us to sense our position better within the system. More importantly, noticing the kind of shift needed for the betterment of the system and how to initiate that shift. 

For this period, SLC participants underwent the Organizational Workshop (OW), a three-dimensional systems mapping to notice patterns of interactions.  The workshop emphasized how to lead themselves and the systems they are a part of. Furthermore, OW recognized the importance of empathy for others as it will extend their capacity to effectively partner and collaborate with various stakeholders.

Highlights from Kongres Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia & SLC Network Gathering

Working with Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia, one of the SLC collaborative partners is a privilege for the SLC cohort to be invited and participate in Kongres Ilmuwan Indonesia (KIMI). The 2022 KIMI focused on “Strengthening Future Scientific Architecture for Young Indonesian Scientists.” The event was held in Jakarta on 3-4 December 2022. The prestigious congress entailed a series of workshops, keynote speakers, and a chance for scientists from various disciplines and backgrounds to engage and expand their minds. 

Following the congress, the SLC team organized SLC Network Gathering. An event for the SLC network to meet and get to know the extent of our networks. SLC facilitators, partners, and cohort attended the event that took place on Sunday evening, the 4th of December. The SLC network gathering allowed us to explore our minds collectively, putting our learnings into practice while having a joyous time together. 

This gathering was insightful and warm. Moving forward, let this gathering be a memorable shared experience together, ensuring that the closeness in SLC made it through the scrutiny of space and time. 

To catch some of the excitement, check out our video here! 

Women in science: being a scientist and a mom

Being a woman in science is very challenging, don’t you think? Having to juggle between taking care of the family and handling a lot of work. So much to do and so little time; the existing structures are not in women’s favor. 

So what can we do? Sri Fatmawati, the former chairwoman of Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia, gives three tips to help you navigate this situation:

Who is your #ScienceHero?

Every November 10, we Indonesians celebrate National Heroes Day. While commemorating those who fought for the country’s independence, we would also like to honor those whose contributions to science have significantly impacted us—both as a person and as a nation.

We asked our Instagram audience who their #ScienceHero is, and these are some of their answers:

Prof. Adi Utarini
Prof. Adi Utarini was on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2021 list. She is known for her relentless work in fighting dengue fever, injecting harmless bacteria into mosquitos to prevent them from transmitting the deadly disease. Quoting Melinda Gates’ piece on her, “Utarini herself has survived Dengue twice. Dengue, however, may not survive her”. Oh, and Prof. Uut is a great pianist! Read more about her here.

Prof. Premana Premadi
Who doesn’t know Prof. Premana Premadi? Somewhere between Jupiter and Mars, an asteroid named after her floats: Asteroid 12937 Premadi. She is the first female astronomer from Indonesia! In 2010, she was diagnosed with ​​Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and later founded Yayasan ALS Indonesia to build a support system for ALS patients and families. Learn more about her here.

Prof. Antonius Suwanto
Do you like tempe? If yes, good because Prof. Antonius Suwanto found that Indonesian tempeh is rich in Klebsiella pneuminae, an important microbe that produces vitamin B12! The Jember-born scientist was appointed as an honorary member of Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (AIPI) in 2013. His message to everyone is never to stop asking “why”! Find out more about him here.

What about you? Who is your #ScienceHero?

Introducing Langit ‘Sky’ Rinesti and the Science Communication and Social Media Module for SLC

Langit Rinesti is a project specialist working at the intersection of communication, science, and journalism. She has worked with multinational institutions, including French Institute Indonesia and Climate Tracker Asia. Langit loves learning new things, traveling, and storytelling. 

Why do you think science communication is essential for Indonesian scientists?
In the face of challenging situations, such as the worsening of climate change and global pandemics, how often do we turn to our scientists for answers? Having worked with some of them, I know that many Indonesian scientists have been and are doing great work in different fields of expertise. However, their impacts become far muted when the lay public, including decision-makers and the general population. Effective science communication is the key to spreading public awareness about science’ vital role in society, which in turn helps the public decision-making process to be more scientific and well-informed.

What are your dreams/hopes for working on the module and with SLC?
I genuinely wish that the collaboration with SLC and other partners will produce a comprehensive module highly applicable to cohorts’ needs. This would allow cohorts to practice the knowledge immediately, especially in growing cooperation with other Indonesian science communication ecosystem actors. 

Media Highlights: Spreading the SLC Collaborative Spirit

We have been in touch with our cohort’s institutions to ensure their achievement is celebrated! This time, we are celebrating two of our cohort, Antonia Morita Iswari Saktiawati and Tunjung Mahatmanto, who have been selected as members of Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia (2022-2027):

Dosen FK-KMK UGM Terpilih Menjadi Anggota Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia

Dosen FTP Terpilih Menjadi Anggota Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia

Science Leaders’ Contribution to Science

Again, we believe in celebrating the contribution our network’s making to science. We wanted to highlight our network’s work in science and share it with you!

Once again thank you for being a treasured part of the SLC network. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

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