The Conversation Indonesia (TCID) would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Antonia Morita Iswari Saktiawati and Tunjung Mahatmanto for being selected as members of Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia (ALMI). Morita and Tunjung are part of The Science Leadership Collaborative (SLC) 2022/2023 cohort, and we are proud that the two exceptional scientists will be involved in ALMI’s mission to work toward scientific excellence in Indonesia.
Morita is a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. Her research focuses on tuberculosis disease. She has won multiple awards, among them the Rising Star Award—a recognition from the 7th International Workshop on Lung Health in Prague in 2020 for her research on the diagnosis of tuberculosis using the “electronic nose”.
While Tunjung is a lecturer at the Food Science and Technology Department, Universitas Brawijaya, Malang. His research focuses on molecular bioscience and industrial biotechnology. From 2016 to 2018, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, USA, where he received an Aristotle Award for the most transdisciplinary approach in research.
The inauguration took place on 4 December 2022 in Jakarta—a day after Kongres Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia 2022, and they will serve for five years until 2027. Both Morita and Tunjung went through a rigorous selection process before being selected as one of the 20 new members of ALMI. The congress also highlighted the appointment of dr. Gunadi, this marks the end of Dr. Sri Fatmawati’s tenure, the now former Chairwoman of ALMI who has been supporting and providing SLC with valuable advice.
ALMI is a forum for Indonesia’s leading young scientists, established after President Joko Widodo signed Presidential Decree No. RI. 9 of 2016. It is under the auspices of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI), which was founded by B. J. Habibie, Samaun Samadikun, and Fuad Hasan in 1991.
Fito Rahdianto, the SLC Project Manager, celebrates Morita’s and Tunjung’s achievements. “I wish Morita and Tunjung the best of luck in their new role at ALMI. I sincerely hope the experience, skills, knowledge, and network that they gain in the next five years will help them pave their way to becoming Indonesia’s future science leaders,” he said.