PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY

NO: 017/SP/HM/BKPUK/II/2022

LATERIO – BRIN, a Modern Marine Research Strategic Infrastructure

 

Oceanographic Research Integrated Laboratory (LATERIO) is a modern building facility for marine research strategic infrastructure with the concept of open laboratory and coworking space. This eight-floor LATERIO building received funding from an Offshore Grant under the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management – Coral Triangle Initiative (COREMAP-CTI) program funded by the World Bank, with an investment of IDR 73 billion for the building and IDR 49.5 billion for supporting the laboratory system and instrumentation and office interiors. As a legacy of the COREMAP-CTI program, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) through the Oceanographic Research Center will inaugurate the LATERIO Building in Ancol area, Jakarta, on Tuesday, 22 February 2022.

Jakarta, 21 February 2022. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has a commitment to build a national research ecosystem supported by superior human resources, open research infrastructure and competitive research funding.

Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, said that related to research infrastructure, BRIN carries out an open laboratory policy so that our investment produces maximum benefits to researchers, academics and students throughout Indonesia in a sustainable manner. “This investment is intended to encourage collaboration and world-class research results in the marine sector,” said Handoko.

Handoko said, one of the global research platforms launched by BRIN is the digital green and blue economy, where marine science research through disclosure of biodiversity and climate change plays an important role for the archipelagic state of the Republic of Indonesia. “As an open laboratory to support collaborative research in Indonesia and the region, this BRIN facility is open to researchers, academics and students throughout Indonesia,” he added.

The LATERIO building is equipped with Integrated Instrumentation Laboratory facilities and fourteen preparation laboratories to support various disciplines in marine science. “The Integrated Instrumentation Laboratory is prepared as a hub or center for BRIN’s E-Services Science (ELSA) platform in Ancol area,” said Handoko.

BRIN’s Acting Head of Earth Science Research Organization, Ocky Karna Radjasa shared this view, adding that the construction of the LATERIO Building which was completed in 2020-2021 is prepared as a regional hub for marine research and as the national data guardian for the ecosystems of coral reef and seagrass. “The building which functions as the national data guardian with various laboratory analysis instruments are routinely used by interdisciplinary researchers in marine science,” he said.

According to Ocky, currently BRIN’s first automated digital microscope has been installed. “Other microscopes such as trinocular stereo microscope, trinocular compound microscope with phase contrast, and fluorescence microscope, as well as fluorescence imaging system instrumentation are used to support various discoveries of Indonesia’s marine biodiversity,” said Ocky.

In addition, LATERIO is equipped with various instrumentations such as inductively coupled plasma – optical emission spectrometer, mercury analyzer, graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, gas chromatography–mass spectrometry, autoanalyzer and microbalance, in addition to installation of various other laboratory instrumentation (raman spectrometer, scanning electron microscope, total organic content analyzer, particle size analyzer, colony counter, microplate spectrophotometer, accelerated solvent extractor).