Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The Research Innovation Initiative Gathering (RIIG) as part of a series of activities in the G20 presidency was held online by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Thursday (24/02). RIIG is a G20 side event initiated by BRIN with the aim of increasing, intensifying, and strengthening research and innovation collaboration by sharing facilities, infrastructure, and funding among the G20 member countries.

BRIN Acting Deputy for Research and Innovation Facilitation and RIIG chairman, Agus Haryono sees the need for commitment and participation in research and innovation collaboration and the need for a specific, feasible, and actionable framework. There are four areas of potential research discussed in this RIIG, namely biodiversity, marine and marine sciences, space and earth sciences, and new and renewable energy.

“RIIG offers research collaboration and its use in these fields. This is nothing but to support the Blue and Green Economy and transition to Clean Energy. The G20 member countries strongly support this research,” said Agus.

Furthermore, Agus explained, RIIG will discuss the proposed framework that is specific, practical, and feasible to share facilities, data, funding, and infrastructure among the G20 countries. RIIG will also strengthen research collaboration in marine science, sharpen the focus on new and renewable energy, and offer more focused efforts on specific renewable energy sources.

“Indonesia will adopt and consider all inputs from each of the G20 member countries that attend this meeting. The comments and suggestions submitted by the delegates from the G20 member countries will certainly be integrated in the first RIIG prospectus which will be implemented at the end of March 2022,” said Agus.

Considering the responses, inputs, and interests of the G20 member countries, the members of the delegations of the G20 member countries proposed several points to be discussed in the next series of RIIGs in 2022. First, propose a specific, practical, and feasible framework for sharing facilities, funding, data, and infrastructure among the G20 countries, by taking into account the issue of data security. Indonesia will provide a more detailed concept of open platform to be discussed at the next RIIG meeting.

Second, identify the current involvement of the G20 member countries in marine science. Third, sharpen the focus on renewable energy and offer more focused efforts on certain renewable energy sources.

In the field of space and earth sciences, Agus continued, RIIG offers research and innovation in the use of space technology to support marine and biodiversity. RIIG noted that the G20 member countries have great interest in cooperation in space and earth science research.

Nevertheless, most countries participating at RIIG seem to prefer to continue their current engagement rather than enter into new collaborations exclusively among the G20 countries. “It should be noted that Indonesia welcomes the involvement of other countries to join and collaborate in research and innovation,” he said.

The meeting also offered research collaboration on clean energy transition. The G20 member countries have already expressed their commitment to renewable energy but they need to define more areas of focus. The member countries noted the differences in renewable energy sources among the G20 countries and the importance of alignment with COP26. (frd,pur)