JAKARTA, 19 JULY 2022 — After selecting 30 researchers from hundreds of potential young researchers across various regions, the first world-class science leader capacity-building program in Indonesia “Science Leadership Collaborative” was officially launched on 18-19 July 2022.
Indonesian local and diaspora scientists are expressing their support for the launch of the program. The program itself is designed by The Conversation Indonesia in collaboration with several international experts.
Dr. Sastia Putri, Chair of Ikatan Ilmuwan Indonesia Internasional (I-4) and an associate professor at Osaka University, Japan, said that this program is a great initiative to develop Indonesian human resources. She added, “This program will positively impact our efforts to welcome Golden Indonesia in 2045.”
A senior Indonesian scientist, who is also the founder of the Eijkman Institute and former Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI), Prof. Sangkot Marzuki, also conveyed a similar thing. He considered this program, which focuses on the leadership aspect of researchers, as a breakthrough that should be supported.
“The key to building a healthy research ecosystem is to build a generation that not only excels in their research and scientific abilities but also has the capacity as leaders, who can attract the best scientists around them, initiate interdisciplinary and international collaborations, and attract funding for their research,” said Prof. Sangkot.
Support from scientists can also be seen in the design of this program. Both scientists in Indonesia and diaspora scientists in various countries such as England, the USA, and Japan will be involved as mentors for 30 selected researchers.
With the launch of this program, 30 selected researchers have officially started their journey for the next nine months. Aside from mentoring, they will also engage in a series of workshops, from transformational leadership workshops to science communication workshops, as well as various other collaborative activities.
The launch of the program, which was held on 18 July 2022, was attended by several international speakers, including a Professor from Gadjah Mada University (UGM) who also serves as the Steering Committee of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Prof. Adi Utarini, and a scientist who is known for his contribution in developing research and innovation in India, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar. In addition, global permaculture ambassador Morag Gamble and leadership development expert Jaroslav Dokoupil also delivered keynote speeches at the Future Possibilities event.
This program launch aims to provide thought-provoking ideas to expand the researchers’ thinking beyond their current role and environment, the first step to nurturing future science leaders who are able to generate new ideas and innovations and lead collaborative research projects in the future.
Furthermore, Prodita Sabarini as Executive Editor of The Conversation Indonesia, and Habibah Hermanadi as Program Officer of the Science Leadership Collaborative hope that this program can answer the need for comprehensive capacity building for Indonesian researchers.
Dr. Mizan Bisri, the program consultant and an assistant professor at Kobe University, Japan, added, “This is the beginning of a long journey for all of us to collaborate to be able to improve the existing research ecosystem in the country.”
The Conversation Indonesia is an independent source of news and analysis from the academic and research community channeled directly to the public. Since its launch in 2017, The Conversation Indonesia has continued to collaborate with researchers from across the country to continue to disseminate knowledge and strengthen policies in Indonesia.
Science Leadership Collaborative is a program developed by The Conversation Indonesia to transform Indonesian researchers into future science leaders. This program is funded by The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, designed collaboratively with CARI!, CommonThread, Fraendi, and RQ Genesis, and supported by Ikatan Ilmuwan Indonesia International (I-4), Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia (ALMI), and UK-Indonesia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Sciences (UKICIS).