Karanganyar, BRIN Public Relations. Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Laksana Tri Handoko held an audience with BRIN researchers who were previously members of the Center for the Application of Environmental and Forestry Instrument Standards (BPSILHK), in Karanganyar, Thursday (24/3). According to Handoko, BRIN researchers must adapt to their respective fields of expertise in research organizations determined by the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform.

“Researchers from BPSILHK who have just joined BRIN must choose a research organization that matches their expertise,” said Handoko. Therefore, he emphasized that in the future researchers who originally came from an institution could no longer be together because they will move according to the expertise set out in the research organization he had chosen.

In addition, the visit to BPSILHK also aims to directly inspect the research facilities here. Head of BRIN’s Food and Agricultural Research Organization, Puji Lestari, said that researcher human resources and research infrastructure are one unit. “Logically, there is involvement between the researcher and the laboratory where he works. Therefore, we need to determine whether the existing research infrastructure at BPSILHK is still feasible or not for use,” explained Puji.

On this occasion, Head of BPSILHK Yoyok Sigit Haryotomo said that the number of BPSILHK human resources who have joined BRIN is 22 researchers, and 1 technician. “The human resources consist of 2 research professors, 5 senior researchers, 9 middle expert researchers, 4 junior expert researchers, and 4 research candidates or civil servants who have just been recruited,” added Yoyok.

He appealed to the researchers who have joined BRIN to make innovation. “BPSILHK is the only institution in Indonesia that handles water conservation and conducts studies on flood mitigation. In addition, BPSILHK has new main tasks and functions, namely as a supplier for standards and instruments,” said Yoyok. Therefore, he needs support and collaboration with other experts within BRIN.

Yoyok admits that the research problem that is often experienced is budget constraint. “This makes maintenance of research assets not maximum and many previous research activities have been neglected,” he explained. He hopes that BRIN has a good research management system, so that researchers can be more productive, facilitates researchers in strategic areas and are close to the community as users of research results.

The head of BRIN also had the opportunity to inspect the soil and hydrology laboratory facilities which are still functioning today. (ky an).