Foreign Students and Researchers Participate in Tropical Seaweed Summer Course in IPB

Department of Aquatic Product Technology, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Bogor Agricultural University (FPIK-IPB) had successfully conducted Tropical Seaweed Summer Course with the theme "Diversity and Clean Processing Technology. This program was attended by 17 postgraduate students and researchers from 13 countries. The postgraduate (S2 and S3) students came from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, American University of Cairo, Egypt, Universiti Putra Malaysia, National University of Singapore and Kasetsart University, Thailand. Researchers or post-doctorate students who participated came from Climate Foundation, USA, France, Norway, University of Tasmania, Australia. Also participated in this program were seaweed practitioners from Philippines, and seaweed, chamber of commerce practitioners and industry practitioners from Tanzania.  In addition, this program was also joined by related policy makers from Ministry of Marine and Fisheries of Republic of Indonesia, and lecturers from State Polytechnics of Fisheries Jakarta.

The summer course was conducted for 10 days at August 18-28th, 2018. This event was opened by Dean of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science of IPB, Dr. Luky Adrianto.

In his greeting speech, Dr. Luky emphasized that the cooperation platform in science development in FPIK IPB is divided into three types; science to science, which produces scientific publications; science to policy, which produces policies to be implemented in society; and science to business, which produces technologies to be utilized by industries. FPIK has managed to carry out the three of those. Regarding to seaweed, FPIK and its researchers have established partnerships with seaweed industries.

This program was originally planned to be conducted in Bogor for in-class theoretical learning, and in Kertasari, West Sumbawa, and Lombok waters for field sessions. Due to the earthquake that struck Lombok and parts of West Sumbawa, some of which was Kertasari waters, which is one of seaweed cultivation center in Sumbawa, the field session was conducted in other areas. Those areas are CV. Ocean Fresh, Bandung, a seaweed-based cosmetic producer, PT. Kappa Carrageenan Nusantara (PT KCP), Pasuruan, Jawa Timur, a refined carrageenan producer, and a seaweed cultivation central in Sumenep, Madura. The lecturers contributed in this program came from various countries, which are Prof. Georg Pohnert from Jena University, Germany, Prof. Yumiko Yoshie-Stark from Toyo University, Japan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anong Chirapart from Kasetsart Unviersity, Thailand, and lecturers from FPIK IPB, which are Prof. Linawati Hardjito, Prof. Joko Santoso, Dr. Eng. Uju, Dr. Wini Trilaksani, Dr. Kustiariyah Tarman from Aquatic Product Technology Department, Dr. Hawis Madduppa from Department of Marine Science and Technology. Other than those activities, the participants learned some lessons about seaweed seeds tissue culture from Dr. Erina Sulistiani, a researcher from SEAMEO BIOTROP. Participants also had the opportunity to visit seaweed seeds tissue culture in SEAMEO BIOTROP.

At the end of the program, summer course participants hoped to be able to participate in the next summer course by THP Department, FPIK IPB, especially about seaweed development. The participants, who came from various countries also hoped that in the future the inter-field and international cooperation will be stronger.

Published Date : 14-Sep-2018

Resource Person : Dr. Luky Adrianto

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