Aminef & BPTT: International Fulbright Symposium

“The Role of Science and Technology in Climate Change and Natural Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation”
Jakarta – September 4-6, 2012

The International Fulbright Symposium on Science and Technology entitled “The Role of Science and Technology in Climate Change and Natural Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation” was successfully held in Jakarta with some 150 in the audience on September 4-6, 2012. The symposium was organized by the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF) in partnership with the Republic of Indonesia Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) as one of the major activities related to the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Fulbright program in Indonesia and 20th Anniversary of AMINEF.

……Symposium (second day)
The second day of the symposium had two separate parallel sessions. The first session on “Mitigation and Adaptation of Climate Change and Sustainable Development,” was moderated by Dr. M. Evri of BPPT. The speakers were Dr. Edvin Aldrian of BPPT, Prof. Kardono of BPPT, Dr. Iskhaq Iskandar (co-author with Muhammad Irfan, Pradanto Poerwono, Fadli Syamsuddin and Manabu D. Yamanaka), Prof. Suhubdy, Dr. Sudirman (co-author with Prof. Suhubdy), Dr. Arinafril, Dr. Yeni A. Mulyani (co-author with Noor F. Haneda).

The second session on “Adaptation in Disaster Management and National Strategy” was moderated by Dr. Dillon M. Green, Science and Technology Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. The speakers were Prof. Dwikorita Karnawati of Gadjah Mada University, Dr. Fadli Syamsuddin of BPPT, Dr. Wahyu W. Pandoe of BPPT, Mr. Arif Arham of the Aceh Provincial Government, Dr. Ichsan of Malikussaleh University, Mr. Faisar Jihadi of Output Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at Nias Islands Transition Project, and Dr. Rahmawati Husein of Muhammadiyah University in Yogyakarta.

Eleven of the 24 paper presenters are Fulbright program alumni, and four of them are alumni of the Fulbright Tsunami Relief Initiative program which was supported by the Bush Clinton Foundation in response to the devastating tsunami in Aceh / northern part of Sumatera in 2004….

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