Ancol – BRIN Public Relations. The newly inaugurated Oceanographic Research Integrated Laboratory (Laterio) has an Integrated Instrumentation Laboratory facility and 14 laboratories with open laboratory facilities. Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Laksana Tri Handoko, at the inauguration ceremony of the Laterio Building in Ancol, Jakarta on Tuesday (22/2), said that the facility is an open laboratory to support collaborative research in Indonesia and regionally, and an open opportunity for partners, individuals and talents from all over the world.

According to Handoko, as a global facility, this research laboratory will become a key laboratory which in future must be utilized and developed by various groups, not only BRIN researchers. “Hopefully it will be a good start for all of us to improve oceanographic research not only at BRIN but in Indonesia as a whole and will involve at least the faculties of marine science throughout Indonesia,” said Handoko.

BRIN Acting Head of Earth Science Research Organization, Ocky Karna Radjasa, stated that the inauguration of the Laterio Building which is a revitalization of marine research infrastructure is the right moment at this time after stipulation of BRIN as the only parent research organization in Indonesia. “Hopefully with this inauguration we will be more successful at sea,” he said.

Ocky said that as a maritime country with such a large area, Indonesia must have the strength and research equipment, especially in the field of marine research. “We should be grateful and proud because Laterio will be one of leading entities in the future with integrated research instrument facility and in line with the concept developed by the Head of BRIN, namely joint use,” he added.

For this reason, one of advanced equipment, automated digital microscope, has completed the facilities in the Oceanographic Research Integrated Laboratory Building. “We warrant that these tools have excellent state of the art that can be a good start to support marine research at the global level,” Ocky asserted.

BRIN’s Acting Head of Oceanographic Research Center, Udhi Eko Hernawan, explained that the focus of marine research at the global level covers the coastal area, the middle part of the water body up to the sediment. “The scope of research includes the aspects of the community in coastal areas, coastal ecosystems, ecosystem health, pollution, mangroves, seagrass to water pools,” he said. This also includes research on oceanographic, physics, chemistry, and geological phenomena.

Udhi continued that the Integrated Instrumentation Laboratory is also equipped with 14 preparation laboratories to support various disciplines in the marine science, including: Physical Oceanography Lab, Geospatial Information System Lab, Marine Microbiology Lab, Geology Lab, Heavy Metal Lab, Biogeochemistry Lab, Toxicology Lab, Marine Environment Lab, Invertebrate Lab, Plankton Lab, Vertebrate Lab, Marine Botany Lab, Microtechnical Lab and Ecophysiology Lab. While the Integrated Instrumentation Laboratory, said Udhi, is specifically prepared as a hub or the center for E-Science Services platform or ELSA BRIN with various routine laboratory analysis instruments used by inter-discipline researchers in marine science. ”Service of Open Platform through BRIN E-Science Service (www.elsa.brin.go.id), “ concluded Udhi.  (mtr)