Indonesian and British policymakers, scientists, and funding agencies recently deliberated on a roadmap, to tackle the global challenge posed by COVID-19 through effective multi-disciplinary collaborations. According to a statement received here on Thursday, the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, supported by the Indonesian Embassy in London, and the United Kingdom’s University of Nottingham, recently organized a webinar and discussion panel. The event brought together scientists from the University of Nottingham, and some of Indonesia’s leading universities, such as the Bandung Institute of Technology, Bogor Institute of Agriculture, and the Gadjah Mada University. As quoted by Antara, experts attending the webinar presented their COVID-19 research portfolios.
The webinar also featured a discussion with the head of the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Consortium for the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Professor Ali Ghufron Mukti, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Newton Fund Manager, and the British Council. The online meeting was also attended by members of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI). Other topics discussed at the webinar included the importance of global collaboration in tackling COVID-19, University of Nottingham’s leadership in the collaborative research undertaken by Indonesia and the UK, and the roles of Indonesian diaspora scientists//Ant