EU supports the strengthening of Indonesia's research and innovation capacity
Today (29/10) the European Union (EU) and its Member States conducted a one-day seminar titled European Research Day 2019 in Surabaya. Close to 200 researchers from across Indonesia joined the event to learn about the wide range of European research funding and fellowship opportunities available to them.
The European Research Day, which is organised by EURAXESS ASEAN, is designed to advance the careers of Indonesian researchers by giving them an opportunity to conduct research at the highest level in Europe or with European partners, and to produce publications and innovations which will ultimately benefit Indonesia’s social and economic development. The EU has long been promoting international cooperation in research towards a more sustainable and competitive society and economy.
At today's event, representatives from research funding agencies in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain shared their insights about European research excellence, and provided advice on how to prepare a successful research proposal. They also highlighted a wide range of research funding opportunities including the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions which offer excellent career development opportunities for Indonesian researchers at all stages of their research career.
"International research collaboration has never been more important. Europe, Indonesia and ASEAN need to work together to develop innovative solutions to the global challenges facing us today including climate change, food and energy security, and infectious diseases,“ stated Mr Charles-Michel Geurts, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Indonesia. "Thousands of students and researchers from Indonesia and ASEAN have already benefited enormously from studying at higher education institutions and from research fellowships in Europe, through programmes such as Erasmus Mundus, Horizon 2020 and other bilateral funding schemes," he continues.
The EU supports research cooperation between Europe and ASEAN through EURAXESS ASEAN. "EURAXESS ASEAN is a unique initiative that links researchers in ASEAN with Europe by delivering information and support services that allow researchers to develop their research careers in Europe, or work with European research partners," explained Mr Simon Grimley, Regional Representative for EURAXESS ASEAN.
Prof. Dr Sangkot Marzuki, founding Director of the Eijkman Institute, conveyed the importance of a solid foundation to produce scientific research. "Scientific research requires expertise, innovation and qualified resources," he claims. He points out that Indonesia needs to nurture a scientific culture of excellence; and that International mobility and collaborative research activities are keys to such effort. Lack of funding has hindered Indonesia’s research development but the situation is improving.
In 2016, with the support of the Government, the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) established the Indonesian Science Fund (Dana Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia/ DIPI) to provide sustainable research funding and promote a scientific culture of excellence in order to order to improve research quality and productivity. "The Indonesian Government has been funding research in the area of basic sciences. However, we encourage the research community to collaborate with international partners in utilising research grant, to further strengthen the capacity of our research activities," said Dr Teguh Rahardjo, Executive Director DIPI.
At the European Research Day, Mr Peter Van Tuijl, Director of Nuffic-Neso Indonesia, gave a presentation on funding programmes from the Dutch Government for research projects, as well as Master and Doctoral degree programmes in the Netherlands. "At present, 13 of the 14 research universities in the Netherlands, that are funded by the state, are already among the top 200 of global ranking with undisputed quality. This is an opportunity for Indonesian scholars to benefit from higher education services and experiences that are globally acknowledged," he explained.