The Conversation Indonesia has chosen 30 Indonesian researchers to be part of the Science Leadership Collaborative program. This program is the first of its kind in Indonesia. Its goal is to help researchers develop their skills to lead innovative research projects and shape the future of their scientific fields.
The 30 selected researchers were the result of the selection of applications from 146 Indonesian researchers spread across four countries, namely Indonesia, Australia, Japan, and England. Applicants from Indonesia come from 38 regions spread from Bireuen Regency, Aceh, to Manokwari Regency, West Papua.
The profiles of participants vary from health experts, economics, public policy, infrastructure experts, nature conservation, agriculture, climate change, and tourism to COVID-19 management. They represent a diverse range of institutions from universities, civil society organizations, and the private sector, as well as reputable research institutions such as the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit ;(EOCRU), which is affiliated with Oxford University in the UK.
One of the chosen ones was Riska Ayu Purnamasari, a researcher at the Innovation Center for Tropical Sciences, which focuses on research and development, education, use, and empowerment of tropical science and technology. In addition to having a doctorate in multidisciplinary spatial science from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, Riska is also an expert in agriculture, biology, the environment, plant diseases, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS). His research is mainly related to the application of GIS and remote sensing in agriculture and the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity.