An International Center for Interdisciplinary and Advance Research in LIPI is Foreseen
- A recent strategic initiative is being undertaken by LIPI to establish an International Center for Interdisciplinary and Advanced Research within the short future. This will represent a significant move that a more focused mission on national scientific development programme, including to some hundreds LIPI’s young and fresh research staffs through a dedicated internationally recognized advanced research center is available. This emerging strategic initiative is expected to have adequate responses from LIPI’s worldwide networks and partners.
- The need to having a massive rejuvenation of research staffs in a number of research institutions in Indonesia through a systematic and well planned programme is quite apparent, due also to the fact that many of their senior researchers in these institutions will be entering their retirement ages almost simultaneously sometime within the early next decades.
- The coming National Five Years Development Plan will give emphasis on the development of human resources development with strong mastery in science and technology to support the economic development. Research, education, science, technology and innovation will become a core issue in the coming five years.
- An important strategic consortium lead by LIPI, called the ICoMar (Indonesian Consortium on Coastal and Marine Research) focusing on the issues of coastal environment and community resilience has been in existence since 2003. The ICoMar Consortium is supported by six major and outstanding research institutions and universities in Indonesia (LIPI- Indonesian Institute of Sciences, BAKORSURTANAL – National Coordinating Agency for Mapping and Surveys, LAPAN – National Institute for Space and Aeronautics, Balitbang ESDM – Agency for Research and Development, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, ITB – Bandung Institute of Technology, and UNMUL – Mulawarman University, Samarinda, East Kalimantan). ICoMar, which has been a way ahead of the current trend in international cooperation, represents a broad spectrum of research and education and developmental sectors, from basic through strategic to applied research. ICoMar has developed a strategic partnership with Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research Netherlands Organization for Pure Research (WOTRO – NWO) and Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), two scientific and internationally acknowledged institutions which, in our present context, coordinate and facilitate a sort of consortium of more then a dozen research institutions and universities in the Netherlands. ICoMar and WOTRO and KNAW have jointly coordinate a multiyears research project on coastal environment and community resilience issues in East Kalimantan. Such an inter consortium appeared to be an endorsed mode of cooperation to be further refined and expanded, as it was stated by the Dutch Minister of Education and Science during her visit to LIPI sometime in the first quarter of 2005.
- Hence the LIPI ICIAR framework is envisioned in the following sections.
- The initiative is aimed at establishing LIPI’s International Center for Interdisciplinary and Advanced
- Research with the central attention on Environment and Human Security to produce great science,
- through advanced and frontier research programmes, leading to strategic and sustainable solutions
- to the global, regional, national and local emerging problems.
Environment and human security can be attained only if there is a societal understanding that environment and human kind are one entity and they have to survive with limited resources and be part of complex interrelated processes. Sustainable development, community resilience, disaster (either natural or anthropogenic) mitigation and risk reduction, environment and human health are thereby prerequisites to environment and human security. These have been the foremost considerations to establish the LIPI’s International Center for Advanced Research focusing on Environment and Human Security issues.
LIPI has approximately 1,100 research staffs, with more than 260 research professor posts and hundreds of experienced researchers working in various fields of specialization. Most of the research professors and senior researchers have their longstanding experience in supervising research to younger staffs as well as to post graduate students at various universities. The necessary building compound is being arranged to host the International Center for Interdisciplinary and Advanced Research, to which the former 6 floor building of the Research Center for Biology in Bogor is one of the candidates. In addition to research programs carried out by various Research Centres of LIPI, a competitive multidisciplinary research program and research funding scheme has been in place since 2003. This covers a wide ranging fields like multidisciplinary approach to coastal and maritime based regional development, clean and renewable energy, molecular farming and post genomic, biomedical sciences, integrated watershed and ecohydrological research, critical social issues with emphasis on poverty alleviation, conflict resolution studies, disaster risk reduction and climate change. For the competitive program, a fair amount of research funds in LIPI will be allocated for the coming 5 years. Moreover, a favorable integrated funding scheme is being sought to send 180 LIPI new young staffs to study abroad.