Palembang – BRIN Public Relations. Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Laksana Tri Handoko, encourages researchers to involve campuses/universities in their research activities. This is an effort to settle problems of limited researchers that currently still scatter in many places, and are in the process of being transferred to BRIN.

One of research that can involve the campus community is research on inland fisheries. “Studies of fishery stocks in inland waters, in my opinion, should involve campuses. We (researchers) should be the ones who design the research, and involve students in the implementation and monitoring,” said Handoko when visiting the Mariana Fisheries Extension and General Water Fisheries Research Center (BRPPUPP), in South Sumatra, Friday (01/04).

On the other hand, continued Handoko, involvement of campuses serves at the same time as educating the younger generation to carry out research activities that cannot be simply taught in college.

“Because research is learning by doing which cannot be taught in college. We do not need a lot of resources. Even if it is small in number, it must be excellence, by involving the campus,” he asserted.

In his series of visits to South Sumatra, Handoko also inspected the South Sumatra Archaeological Office. He said that this location will become a co-working space office for the BRIN Palembang area.

With regard to archaeological and language research, Handoko asked the researchers to focus on work mechanism and substance of research to be focused on. Preparation of stages or Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) is very necessary, including digitization of archaeological and language research.

“If a collection comes in, what should be done. For example, artifacts, there must be the 3D digital form, including knowing the age of the artifact with carbon dating, so that all data is complete. If people want to do related research, they just need to take the existing data, without having to touch the artifact that could potentially damage it,” said Handoko.

Handoko also encouraged researchers to immediately take the doctoral degree education to strengthen human resource capacity. According to him, archaeological and language research is the keys to solving future problems.

“Archeology and language research are very important in revealing local wisdom, changing history, even as the material to strengthen diplomacy,” he concluded.

In addition to the BRPPUPP Mariana and the South Sumatra Archaeological Office, Handoko and his staff visited research facilities at the Regional I Forest Plant Nursery Center – Sukamoro. Direct discussion between the Head of BRIN and researchers in South Sumatra serves at the same time as an evaluation material for overall research activities in Indonesia (tnt).