Hans Clevers, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Sangkot Marzuki, President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, have signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding in Jakarta on Tuesday 28 January 2014 in which their academies agree to take the next step in a long tradition of cooperation between Dutch and Indonesian researchers.
The seventh Open Science Meeting, held in Makassar, will precede the signing ceremony. This biennial conference, which focuses on the agenda for scientific cooperation, is meant for Dutch and Indonesian researchers, politicians, business people and government officials. The theme of this year’s conference is “science and society”. Armida Alisjahbana, the Indonesian Minister of National Planning and Development, opened the conference earlier today. Royal Academy President Hans Clevers delivered a keynote speech in which he emphasised how crucial Dutch-Indonesian scientific cooperation is for both countries. Joint research is carried out in such areas as agriculture, bio-based economy, biodiversity, coastal and marine issues, infectious diseases, socio-economic change and global processes.
The Royal Academy and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) have been coordinating scientific cooperation between the Netherlands and Indonesia for the past fifteen years under the banner of the Scientific Programme Indonesia – Netherlands or SPIN. SPIN is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. So far more than six hundred Indonesian and Dutch researchers have participated in the programme. Among other things, the cooperation has led to the appointment of two Indonesian Academy Professors, more than 350 publications, and countless presentations at scientific conferences.