David Handojo Muljono installed as Academy Professor Indonesia

14 December 2011

During his recent visit to Indonesia, Academy President Robbert Dijkgraaf installed the second Academy Professor Indonesia at Hasanuddin University. The professorship is the result of a partnership between the Academy and the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI).

On 30 November 2011, Academy President Robbert Dijkgraaf inaugurated the second Academy Professor Indonesia, David Handojo Muljono. The ceremony took place at Hasanuddin University (Makassar). As an Academy Professor, Muljono will work to bridge the gap between medical researchers who have very little contact with patients and doctors who have less and less time to keep up with new developments in their field. Narrowing this gap – for example by having medical students devote more time to research – will lead to improvements in the quality and quantity of medical research, according to Muljono.

Academy Professorship Indonesia
Professor Muljono was appointed within the context of a partnership between the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia, AIPI). The purpose of the partnership is to appoint eminent Indonesian researchers to Indonesian universities.

Improve the position of science
The Academy Professorship Indonesia is based on the Royal Academy’s Academy Professorships Programme. The two academies established the professorship in order to improve the position of science in Indonesia.  The scheme involves establishing professorships in the social sciences, life sciences, and natural sciences on a rotating basis at the various Indonesian universities. Like the Royal Academy’s programme, the appointees are relieved of any administrative duties for a five-year period. Yunita Triwardani Winarto (social sciences) was the first Academy Professor Indonesia.
Open Science Meeting
During his visit to Indonesia, Dijkgraaf also opened the sixth Indonesia – Netherlands Open Science Meeting. This biennial gathering has taken place since 2002 and is organised by the Royal Academy and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This time, the two-day event focused on changes in water systems. In keeping with the title, “Rise to the water challenge”, experts from the Netherlands, Indonesia, India and Southeast Asia considered various issues and overarching themes related to this topic. Representing a range of different sectors, these specialists have undertaken to apply interdisciplinary methods and practical and innovative research tools to analyse their ecological, social and economic findings concerning water systems.