PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY

NO: 021/SP/HM/BKPUK/III/2022

4 BRIN Women Researchers Inaugurated as Research Professors

Addition of Research Professors within the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) will strengthen BRIN’s research human resources. The inauguration of four new Research Professors is a proof that BRIN has a continuous regeneration of researchers to produce international quality research works.

Jakarta, 9 March 2022. The Council of Research Professors inaugurated four professors at BRIN in Jakarta, Thursday (10/03). The four research professors are Prof. Ratih Dewanti, line no 634, Prof. Ganewati Wuryandari, line no 635, Prof. Widjajanti, line no 636, and Prof. Rike Yudianti, line no. 636.

Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko said that the title of Research Professor is the highest title a person can achieve in his/her career as a researcher. “The title of Research Professor is not only a title that is granted inherently, but more than that, this title poses an additional burden to the bearer,” said Handoko.

Handoko emphasized that a Research Professor also has a very big responsibility, not only for him/herself but he/she is expected to be the front driver for his research groups, because that is the responsibility of a Research Professor.

The establishment of BRIN as a research institution is part of the milestone of major changes in research institutions in Indonesia. To realize this milestone is certainly not easy, considering that BRIN’s human resources come from various different entities that have merged into one.

“I believe that with our human resources and talents, including the four newly inaugurated Research Professors, we can accelerate to make it happen in the not too distant future,” added Handoko.

The most important thing of all, said Handoko, is that it is in line with the functions and purpose of its establishment. BRIN must focus on conducting research activities, to give the best for advancing research and innovation in Indonesia. In addition, the joining of researchers from Ministries/Institutions into BRIN which started at the beginning of the year, has become the basic capital for cultivating the research ecosystem by empowering these research and innovation talents.

The inauguration of four new Research Professors proves that BRIN in particular has a continuous regeneration of researchers to produce international quality research. “Hopefully this can inspire other researchers, so that competency regeneration can be maintained and sustainable,” hoped Handoko.

According to Handoko, this regeneration cadre of researchers is important to continue to produce quality research results to be developed to support sustainable development. Especially during the pandemic like now, it is hoped that BRIN will always have new breakthroughs or innovations to help Indonesia through research results that can contribute to the progress and prosperity of the nation.

The four research professors would deliver their academic speeches in their respective fields, namely, Prof. Ratih Dewanti, an expert in Remote Sensing who would present an efficient model in processing optical remote sensing data, which is contributed to generate data and information to support mangrove monitoring. If this model is integrated with the latest concept developments, it will give more significant weight to the processing of optical remote sensing data for mangroves.

Prof. Ganewati Wuryandari, an expert in International Relations, in her academic oration on Foreign Policy in the Reform Era, presented Indonesia’s journey from the beginning of colonialism which played an active role in international politics. Indonesia is expected to be able to combine normative and functional strategies in carrying out its role as a middle power country. In addition, stakeholder involvement is also needed so that there is stronger legitimacy to support the implementation of foreign policy in the future.

Prof. Widjajanti, an expert in Gender Sociology, delivered an oration containing a journey, learning and experience. The speech delivered on the sociological perspective of feminism shows the weak representation of women and their resistance efforts.

Prof. Rike Yudianti, an expert in Materials Engineering, presented her academic oration related to use of nanocellulose-based nanocomposites and nanocarbons as functional materials, the development of science and technology and the potential of nanocellulose and nanocarbons, the development of nanocellulose and nanocarbon-based nanocomposites, and opportunities for use of nanocellulose and nanocarbons in Indonesia.