Yogyakarta, BRIN Public Relations. In early 2022, the National Archaeological Research Center (Puslit Arkenas) which oversees the Archaeological Centers (Balar) throughout Indonesia officially joined the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). The Yogyakarta Archaeological Office is one of these centers. For the first time, Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, visited the Yogyakarta Archaeological Office on Thursday (24/3).

The purpose of the visit was to see the assets and give appreciation to former Arkenas for joining BRIN with full commitment. In addition, Handoko also conveyed the performance expected by BRIN. “To carry out activities, we all should not wait for the DIPA (Budget Implementation List). We work not because there is a DIPA, but because there is creativity,” he said.

Furthermore, Handoko explained that DIPA only helps when budget is needed, and not all research requires budget. “I believe that researchers have a lot of data, it is just a matter of how to process the existing data to produce knowledge,” he said. “… and BRIN allows researchers to do just that. What we see is performance based purely on output,” he added.

The head of BRIN also hopes that researchers will have dedication and self-motivation. “Collaborating and cooperation are equally important, because it is impossible for researchers to work alone. BRIN has provided many schemes to affirm in the collaboration process, including how to find people who can become partners,” he explained further. The schemes include, among others, the Visiting Professor program, which is to bring in foreigners as well as Indonesians who have expertise in their respective fields to work together. This can also be done with the Postdoctoral scheme.

On a separate occasion, Acting Head of the Archaeological, Language, and Literary Research Organization, Herry Jogaswara, expressed his hope, especially for researchers in the field of Archeology. He expects that Archeological researchers can produce many international publications. Because this, according to him, can show the position of Indonesian researchers in the global arena. “In the past, archaeologists had to do various things, now they only do research, other things will be handled by other units in BRIN,” he explained. According to him, Indonesian archeology should be the best at least in Southeast Asia, because Indonesia has diversity and a long history.

The visit of the Head of BRIN to the Yogyakarta Archaeological Office is also an opportunity for researchers to have direct dialogue. “This is a good opportunity for discussion, communication, and convey the dynamics of archaeological research that has special specifications, because not all countries have as complete archaeological data as in Indonesia,” said Sugeng Riyanto, Head of the Yogyakarta Archeology Office. (tek, ksa/ ed: drs)