International Seminar and Kick-off Workshop CRC990-EFForTS (19-20 June 2012)

Introduction to CRC990-EFForTSInternational Seminar and Kick-off Workshop CRC990-EFForTS (19-20 June 2012)
Ecological and socioeconomic functions of tropical lowland rainforest transformation systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)

On 19-20 June 2012, a kick off workshop and a back to back event: International Seminar on New Collaborative Research Project CRC990-EFForTS: “Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)” were successfully held at IPB Campus Dramaga and International Convention Center (IICC) Campus Baranangsiang Bogor, respectively.

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC990-EFFoRTS) aims at providing knowledge-based guidelines on how to protect and enhance the ecological functions and services of tropical forests, forest remnants and agricultural transformation systems at a landscape scale, while improving human welfare at the same time. The results are expected to contribute to the development of strategies for sustainable management of forest reserves and major rainforest transformation systems of the lowland tropics of Southeast Asia, such as rubber and oil palm plantations, in a landscape context. The CRC990-EFForTS shall contribute to producing such knowledge through establishing an international, interdisciplinary research program aiming at understanding the patterns of and forces responsible for deforestation, and evaluating the economic, social and ecological consequences. Further details on the event, please visit this link. (@izs)

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Visit to School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, NZ (12 June 2012)

Meeting forestry postgraduate students at Canterbury

On 12 June 2012, I finally had an opportunity to visit my alma mater, the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury (UC) at Christchurch, New Zealand. I completed my master degree in forestry (M.For.Sc) from this University in 1994. This visit was made possible due to counter visit program of IPB to NZ partner universities (11-15 June 2012), namely Lincoln University, University of Canterbury (Christchurch),Victoria University (Wellington), Massey University (Palmerston North) and Auckland University (Auckland). A MoU between IPB and University of Canterbury was signed during the visit by Vice Chancellor UC, Dr. Rod Carr and Vice Rector IPB, Prof. Hermanto Siregar (see here for details). Both universities are preparing academic collaboration through new initiative on joint master degree in forestry/M.For (@izs).

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Mini Workshop: Siberut Conservation Programme – SCP (8-10 May 2012)

A Mini Workshop on Siberut Conservation Programme (SCP) discussing “New Research Initiative Community Development Initiatives” was held at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) on 8-10 May 2012. The Workshop, jointly organized by SEAG Alumni Network (South East Asia Germany Alumni Network), IPB, Deutsche Primate Zentrum (DPZ) and SeTSAF University of Goettingen – Germany, was supported by DAAD and attended by around 50 participants.

Representatives of German Alumni, working as teaching staff from University of Syahkuala (Banda Aceh), University of Nommensen (Medan), Andalas University (Padang), University of Lambung Mangkurat (Banjarbaru), Jambi University (Jambi), Mulawarman University (Samarinda), Haluoleo University (Kendari), Mataram University (Mataram), Pajajaran University (Bandung) and Jendral Soedirman University (Purwokerto), actively participated in the workshop and presented their current research works dealing with the following aspects: Biodiversity (W0rking Group A), Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Management (W0rking Group B), Social Culture and Policy (W0rking Group C). The workshop was officially opened by Vice Rector for Research and Collaboration IPB (Prof. Anas M. Fauzi).

After the opening session, Director DAAD Jakarta Office, Dr. Irene Jansen, delivered her congratulatory speech to the workshop participants, while two keynote speeches relating to the Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilization were given by Prof. Bambang Prasetya (Deputy Life Sciences LIPI) and Dr. Bambang Novi (Director Biodiversity Conservation, Ministry of Forestry). Details of the program and video clip of the event can be seen here#1 and here#2 (@izs)

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Bioversity International: Inception Workshop of the Project entitled “Identification of Timber Species & Origins” and Visit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), (24-26 April 2012)

Bioversity International organised an Inception Workshop for its’ Timber Tracking Technology Project (Identification of Tree Species & Geographic Origin) in Kuala Lumpur on 24-25 April).

The project (2010-2014) will facilitate the practical application of innovative timber tracking tools based on DNA and stable isotope markers. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

I participated in this important workshop aiming at:
• informing key stakeholders about the project “identification of timber species and origins”
• providing an opportunity for information exchange about related projects and issues around the world,
• identifying experts and institutes working in the field and initiate discussions about building a network,
• initiating discussions on the future database and the standard setting approaches,
• establishing an initial set of priority species to include in the database,
• initiating discussions about the development of standards for timber species identification and origin (sampling design, sampling size, genotyping methods, stable isotopes techniques, data analysis) and the accreditation system for labs that want to work in this area.

After the workshop, on 26 April, I had an opportunity to visit, together with Prof. R. Finkeldey (University of Goettingen, Germany), the research group of Prof. W. Ratnam (Wicky) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) incuding meeting with her postgrad students (@izs).

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A delegation visit from University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Pakistan to IPB (10-15 February 2012)

A visit from delegation from Univeristy of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan to IPB was made on 10-15 February 2012. The visit was begun with a joint seminar on horticulture, forestry and agribusiness presenting current research activities of both universities. The visit was officially received by Prof. Yonny Koesmaryono (Vice Rector for Academic and Student Affairs IPB), while the joint seminar was co-chaired by Prof. Iskandar Z. Siregar (Director, Research and Strategic Issue Studies IPB) and Prof. Asif Ali (Director ORIC, UAF). The video clip of the seminar can be viewed in the following link (GreenTV IPB). Details of the visit report made by UAF Pakistan can be downloaded: Report UAF Visit to IPB (@izs)

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Visit to partner universities in Europe (France, Germany and Czech Republic; 15-24 January 2012)

On 15-24 January 2012, IPB delegation consisting of:

CBD Workshop: Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge: Research Cooperation and Facilitated Access.

1. Prof. Dr. Anas M Fauzi, Vice Rector, Research & Collaboration
2. Prof. Dr. Iskandar Z Siregar, Director, Research and Strategic Issue Studies
3. Ir. Lien Herlina, M.Sc., Director, Academic Assessment and Development.
4. Dr. Yulin Lestari, Executive Secretary, I-MHERE B2.C

visited IPB’s partner universities/institution in France, Germany and Rep. Czech with the following travel agenda:

• 16-17 January 2012: Meetings with Indonesian Education Attache, Indonesian Embassy in Paris (Prof. Syafsir Akhlus) and MAB-UNESCO/Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences (Dr. Natarajan Ishwaran and Dr. Thomas Schaaf).
• 19-21 January 2012: Meetings with Tropenzentrum on HEP-DAAD Coordination (Prof. Wydra et al.); GAUG Alumni Ambassador (Prof. H. Kasper-Hehne and Dr. U. Muuss); JMB-CRC990 coordination (Prof. Stefan Scheu et al.) and attending CBD Workshop: Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge: Research Cooperation and Facilitated Access.
• 23-24 January 2012: Meetings with CULS, Czech Republic (Dr. P. Chaloupkova et al.) on Eurasia2 mobilities and further new collaborative initiatives.

Some important issues raised during the visit that are necessary to be followed up including:

• Preparation of concept note on integration of DDIP (Double Degree Indonesia-Perancis) and Fast track systems
• Preparation of innovative curriculum for vocational studies at IPB together with French partner universities. Potential study programs are crop estates (oil palm) and supervisors of food quality assurance.
• Preparation of Siberut Conservation Program – Mini Workshop in May 2012
• Planning of HEP DAAD mobilities in 2012
• Coordination of Indonesian Consortium CRC990 (IPB. UNJA and UNTAD)
• Preparation of new call for EURASIA3

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Mini-workshop on CDB and Post-Nagoya Protocol: Current Issues and Implementation (Bogor, 5 December 2011)

Mini-workshop on CDB and Post-Nagoya Protocol: Current Issues and Implementation (Bogor, 5 December 2011)

A mini-workshop discussing current issues on CBD and their implementation was held in the meeting room of CARDS-IPB: Center for Agricultural and Rural development Studies (PSP3) Buidling at Baranangsiang Campus, Bogor. The workshop was jointly organized between IPB and Yayasan KEHATI and was attended by around 40 participants, i.e. scientists, IPB lecturers, research institution in and around Bogor, Ministry of Environment (KLH) and LIPI. The meeting was officially opened by Vice Rector for Research and Collaboration IPB, Prof. Anas M. Fauzi and the invited resource persons able to attend were Dr. Teguh Triono (LIPI), Ms. Vidya S. Nalang (KLH), Dr. M. Agil (ICO IPB) and Mr. Basuki Rahmat (Yayasan KEHATI). Discussion of the workshop was moderated by Dr. Damayanti Buchori (@izs).

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Seminar on PhD Research Grant at SEAMEO BIOTROP (12 December 2011)

Seminar on PhD Research Grant at SEAMEO BIOTROP (Bogor, 12 December 2011)

On 12 December 2011, I attended, as one of the scientific reviewers, seminar on results of PhD research grants held at SEAMEO Biotrop Campus in Tajur, Bogor, Indonesia. The seminar was officially opened by Dr. Bambang Purwantara, Director SEAMEO BIOTROP and moderated by Dr. Jess Fernandez, Deputy Director SEAMEO BIOTROP. There were six PhD grantees presenting the results dealing with the following research titles: 1) Nano propolis (Trigona spp) as Anti Cancer Materials, 2) Vegetative Propagation, Genetic Analysis and Wood Anatomy of Leaked Resin Pinus Candidates to Produce Good Quality and Sufficient Quantity of Resin., 3) Selection of Drought Tolerant Pinus merkusii strain Tapanuli Using Microsatellite Markers as Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change; 4) Phylogenetic Relationships of Endiandra (Lauraceae) inferred from ITS Sequences; 5) Expression of Responsive Genes for Fusarium sp in Agarwood Aquilaria microcarpa; 6) Assessment of Seagrass Optical Properties and Resilience as Affected by Climate Change and and Anthropogenic Factors in the Seribu Islands. The seminar was concluded with general discussion and presenting the wrap-ups of the meeting (@izs).

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Visit of University of Canterbury (NZ) delegation at IPB (7 December 2012)

Visit of University of Canterbury (NZ) delegation at IPB (Bogor, 7 December 2011)

The delegation from University of Canterbury that consists of Dr. Nello Angerilli – Pro-Vice Chancellor of International; Dr. Hamish Cochrane – Asisstant Vice Chancellor of Academic; Prof. Paul Fleming – Pro-Vice Chancellor of Science visited IPB on 7 December 2011 and officially received by Rector (Prof. Herry Suhardiyanto) and Vice Rector – Research and Collaboration IPB (Prof. anas M. Fauzi). Also, Dean-Faculty of Forestry (Prof. Bambang H. Saharjo); Dean-Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Dr. Sri Nurdiati); Director-Research and Strategic Issue Studies (Prof. Iskandar Z. Siregar) and Head-International Program IPB (Dr. M. Agil) were present to discuss potential collaboration in education and research especially for postgraduate studies (@izs).

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IPB Bogor signed MoU with Beijing Genomics Institute-BGI (5 December 2011)

IPB signed MoU with Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) (Bogor, 5 December 2011)

On December 5, 2011, IPB signed MoU with Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) to establish cooperation within the framework of academic, scientific and development collaboration in the field of molecular sciences. The MoU signing was held in the meeting room of CARDS-IPB: Center for Agricultural and Rural development Studies (PSP3) Buidling at Baranangsiang Campus, Bogor. Before the MoU signing, introductory remarks were delivered by Prof. Anas M Fauzi as Vice Rector for Research and Collaboration IPB and Dr. Ying (Abby) LIU as Regional Director, Asia Pacific Rim of BGI. Potential scientific research areas to be collaborated were presented by Prof. Iskandar Z. Siregar, Director for Research and Strategic Issue Studies IPB and Ms. CHIN Hui Ting, Dept. of Development, Asia Pacific Rim BGI. The event was attended also by core scientists IPB working on molecular sciences and discussed the following subjects: tropical fruits, primates, cassava, sago, dipterocarps, oil palm, coral reef, cows etc. (@izs).

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