Cibinong – BRIN Public Relations. Various public discussions were held after the integration of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology (LBM) into the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). One of these discussions was held by the Habibie Program Alumni Association (IABIE) in its “Weekend Indonesia Dialogue” or WeID, the 68th edition on Friday (07/01).

The chairman of the IABIE Supervisory Board, Oni Bintoro, said that the process of mapping BRIN’s human resources was going in the right direction, until the media spread public issues about dissolution of the Eijkman. “We hope that WeID and IABIE can contribute to this issue, to show that we are sensitive and also contribute to the nation so that this hot issue has a soft landing,” said Oni in his speech.

The dialogue presented Acting Head of BRIN’s Eijkmen Research Center for Molecular Biology (PRBM), Wien Kusharyoto. He revealed that when he was appointed as the acting head, he saw that there were several points that would become big problems if Eijkman was to be integrated into BRIN. First, the issue of the Eijkman building which belongs to the RSCM and the plan to relocate research equipment to Cibinong. Since 2016 the Eijkman building loan contract has not been extended and has been requested to be returned by the Ministry of Health. Second, almost 70% of Eijkman’s human resources are nonpermanent employees.

“The Eijkman has 155 staff members, 42 of whom are state civil apparatuses (ASN), and the remaining 113 are nonpermanent employees. Of the 42 ASNs, 24 are researchers, seven are not part of BRIN, and of the 113 nonpermanent employees, 71 are nonpermanent researchers, and the remaining 42 are security personnel, administrative staff, cleaning staff and technicians,” explained Wien.

Wien emphasized that the news circulating that hundreds of researchers were dismissed is not true.

He said that of the 71 nonpermanent employees, some of them have been accepted at universities at home and abroad as Masters/Doctoral degree students. “It is hoped that all of the former nonpermanent research staff at Eijkman can enrol to be masters and doctoral students,” said Wien. “So it can be proposed to the BRIN’s Directorate of Talent Management that they can be re-recruited as research assistants in accordance with the existing mechanism. Under this method, it will be easier for them to finance their studies and research,” he added.

For information, two of five nonpermanent research staff earning doctoral degrees have been accepted as candidates for civil servants, one person has been accepted as candidates for PPPK.

Wien also explained that after coordinating with the RSCM, the Eijkman building had been returned to the RSCM. “Based on the MoU between BRIN and RSCM regarding translational research which was signed last December, Eijkman can still use the building to conduct translational research using the tools that will be maintained in the Eijkman building. In addition, there are also opportunities for nonpermanent employees to be recruited by RSCM,” he explained.

“Currently, PRBM Eijkman has proposed two program homes, namely the infectious disease program home and the program home related to COVID-19,” added Wien.

On the same occasion, Ines IC Atmosukarto, a resource person, CEO/CSO of Lipotek, Canberra, Australia, said that the current condition is still dynamic and solutions are still being sought to prevent unrest. “In the future, how to set up a translational center where research will focus more on patients and how to improve the quality of the services provided,” she hoped.

“Maybe from all the noise, now a better program will come out, after all Eijkman is Indonesia’s legacy,” Ines concluded.

The event was then continued with a discussion and the question & answer session between WeID participants and the resource persons who were guided by Agus Fanar Syukri, Ph.D, Chairperson of the IABIE Expert Council. (aa ed sl)