Press Release
No. 252/SP/HM/BKKP/XI/2019

Jakarta – Minister for Research and Technology/Chairman of National Agency for Research and Innovation Bambang Brodjonegoro will make Habibie Award as a prestigious prestigious recognition event for Indonesian researchers with improved prize and expanded fields of research.

“Each year, certain community and people in general wait for the Nobel Prize winners. They have Nobels for physics, chemist, medicine, up until economy. We hope the same enthusiasm and the same impact could be felt towards Habibie Award too,” said Minister Bambang on the 2019 Habibie Award in Le Meridien Hotel, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday (12/11).

For the past twenty years since 1998 to 2019, Habibie Award has been rewarded by Habibie Center and Yayasan Sumber Daya Manusia Ilmu Pengetahuan dan Teknologi (Yayasan SDM Iptek). Starting from next year, the Ministry of Research and Technology/National Agency for Research and Innovation will be involved in holding the event and will bd giving the incentives through the award initiated by the Late President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie.

“This will be the best way to encourage the researchers, especially the young ones, to be consistent in their works. Coaching the researchers is not an easy task. The hardest part is to keep their consistency to stay in the field of research,” said Minister Bambang.

Currently, Habibie Award is given to anyone or any organization/institution who’s highly active and have a huge merit in developing science in five fields, which are basic science, medical science, engineering science, social and political science, and cultural science. Minister Bambang expected that the receivers of all five fields could set the good examples for other researchers in the same fields.

“They could set the example for their colleagues, that if they’re consistent in their field and keep conducting research with high quality results, they will get the award. That is what we hope for. We promote Habibie Award nationally so all researchers in those five fields of research will set their targets, and if they’re still relatively young they can imagine which to focus on with an innovative breakthrough in their fields of research so the target is to win the Habibie Award in yhe next five years,” said Minister Bambang.

The 2019 Habibie Award Winners

The 2019 Habibie Award winner on Basic Science is Prof. Dr. Ivandini Tribidasari Anggraningrum, a chemist Professor in the Faculty of Maths and Science, University of Indonesia. Ivandini has produced eight intellectual works, in which three have certified patents and five have been registered as patents. Most of her works are regarding to the Boron-Doped Diamond (BDD) as censors and biocensors. Many people only see diamonds as jewelry, but Ivandini develop them into a material for catalyst technology and alternative energy.

The 2019 Habibie Award winner on Medical Science is Prof. dr. Adi Utarini, M.Sc., Ph.D. Adi Utarini is a doctor and Professor in the Medical School of Gadjah Mada University. As the Lead Researcher of World Mosquito Program Yogyakarta, Adi Utarini found a biological breakthrough in preventing dengue fever by introducing Wolbachia bacteria into Aedes aegypti mosquitos. This bacteria can slow down the growth of dengue fever inside the mosquitos so it can prevent the transmission of the virus to human.

The 2019 Habibie Award winner on Engineering is Prof. Dr. Ir. Tati Latifah Erawati Rajab, a Professor of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). Her works include many medical devices used in hospitals, including post-operative medical rehab aids, eye exam software, ElectroEncephaloGraphy censor system, and breast cancer early detection system. Her three registered patents are Non-Invasive Vascular Analyzer (NIVA) which detects blood vessels elasticity level for cardiovascular problems, ElectroCardioGraphy 12 Lead with Telemetry device, and Elisa Reader device which detects Hepatitis B.

The 2019 Habibie Award winner on Social and Political Science is Prof. Dr. Eko Prasojo, Mag.rer.publ., a Professor and first dean of the Faculty of Administrative Science, University of Indonesia. Eko Prasojo previously served as the Deputy Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, and wrote dozens of works in scientific journals and mass media opinion. He also published fifteen books, including “Deregulasi dan Debirokratisasi Perizinan di Indonesia (2007)”.

The 2019 Habibie Award winner on Cultural Science is Dr. (HC) I Gusti Ngurah Putu Wijaya, SH. He is a screenwriter in which three of his works won Piala Citra from Festival Film Indonesia, and he received a Honoris Causa Doctorate in theater from Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta and also an award of Southeast Asian Writers from the Kingdom of Thailand.

Each of the 2019 Habibie Award winner got a medallion and Habibie Award certificate along with US$ 25,000 prize or equivalent to IDR 351 million.

Also attending the event are Ilham Habibie, the Chairman of The Habibie Center Sofian Effendi, and the Chairman of Yayasan Sumber Daya Manusia Ilmu Pengetahuan dan Teknologi (Yayasan SDM Iptek) Wardiman Djojonegoro, along with the families and relatives of the 2019 Habibie Award winners.

Partnership and Public Communication Bureau
Ministry of Research and Technology/National Agency for Research and Innovation