GoLive enthusiast, Reyza Ramadhan, shares his experience on attending International Conferences in Indonesia and highlights the benefits of doing so for researchers.
Approaching the end of my master degree in The Centre for Global Food and Resources, I am actively seeking opportunities to share my current research project along the way to develop a professional network and gain more inputs. Luckily, my research received confirmation to be presented on the 13th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Conference and the 2nd International Conference On Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (FANREs).
IRSA 2016, is a conference the brings together leading economist, demographer, and social scientist concerned with the widespread growth of demographic change and regional development in Indonesia. It is an honor for me to take part in this conference as a presenter and moderator. The conference also provides multi-dimensional perspectives that gave me an advantage in developing my current research project. Among the many distinctive discussion, I was particularly reminded of the presentation by Professor Chris Manning from Australian National University. He highlighted about spatial differences and labour supply that leads to output disparity.This presentation is highly related to the agrifood market in Indonesia which are still facing challenges with regards to food access.
I have 5 days off in between IRSA 2016 and FANREs 2016, and my colleague, Dr Dias Satria from Brawijaya University invited me to do a lecture in Brawijaya University. It was the first time for me to deliver lecture materials in English. I delivered a lecture about Agricultural Economics and its implementation from the Indonesian perspective. It was a pleasure to have a go on lecturing as I have always been keen to become a lecturer.
The day for the second conference has come. For FANREs 2016 I presented both for oral and poster presentation. The FANREs 2016 international conference discoursed about exploring the local potential for strengthening food and energy through sustainable agriculture and natural resources. The conference was divided into five sub-disciplines which are Agro-industrial Management, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Science, Energy and Environment, and Agricultural Engineering. I was personally interested by Dr Roy Sparringa from National Agency for Drug and Food Control of The Republic of Indonesia. He confidently discussed about national policy on food safety and food security assurance. In fact, he said “Food safety in Indonesia has still less concern compared to other pillars in food security”. The next challenge is how to encourage the awareness of the importance of food safety in local food scheme. I also had a chat with Dr Valerien Pede from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) about the new deal on climate change and the implications for ASEAN countries. More from the conversation, Dr Pede mentioned that ASEAN countries (both rice importers and exporters) facing a challenge to improve their capacity to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change in their respective countries. Currently IRRI designed a project to bridge the mitigation, and to establish informal and operational linkages.
From those experiences I realized that there is one overriding reason to attend a conference is to get interacting with other scholars and peers. Conference provides a platform for sharing news, knowledge, and tips that can provide inspiration to make changes I greatly appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge about Indonesia especially on street food sectors to the wider community. I believe, as an early career researcher, to be involved in these kind of events is important to further develop my knowledge of food production systems for providing assistance to Indonesia to develop our food and agricultural sectors.
At the end of the day, I was inspired by many scholars and enthusiasts. I am looking forward to get myself involved in the discourse of food and agriculture and to contribute more for Indonesia.
Photos courtesy of IRSA 2016 and Reyza Ramadhan
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