Category Archives: Adelaide

CIES – IIT Seminar Series 16 & 17 November 2016

The Centre for International Economic Studies ( at the Institute for International Trade invites you to a Seminar Series held in conjunction with Bogor Agricultural University’s visit to The University of Adelaide as part of a joint research collaboration with the Faculty of the Professions.



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Australian Ambassador to Indonesia greets Australia Awards Awardee in Adelaide

H.E. Mr. Paul Grigson was in Adelaide, Monday 25 July 2016, for an informal morning tea with the New Colombo Plan Alumni and Indonesian Australia Awards students around South Australia. The event was held at the Flinders University City Campus with opening remarks given by Mr. Sebastian Raneskold, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Flinders University. Australia is the number 1 country destination for Indonesian students to study abroad and the numbers are on the rise.


Australian Ambassador to Indonesia – Mr. Paul Grigson


Mr. Paul Grigson and Mr. Sebastian Raneskold

Australia Awards Awardees from three South Australian universities attended the morning tea, providing the event with a good insight on the landscape of Indonesian students and also Australian exchange students in Adelaide.


Flinders University Australia Awards students with Mr. Paul Grigson

In addition to that, some of the Indonesian students representing Kajian Islam Adelaide (KIA) presented Mr. Paul with picture of KIA’s activities. KIA is one of the many organisations supported by the Indonesian students that aims to promote peace and mutual understanding between Indonesian and Australian communities.


Maulana and Suryo, representing KIA, handing out photo of KIA’s activity in Adelaide to Mr. Paul Grigson

GoLive Indonesia also took this opportunity to elaborate on the 3rd Indonesia Research Day – 12 August 2016, which highlights on-going research on Indonesia and presented Mr. Paul Grigson with a GoLive Indonesia official Polo shirt. Looking forward to pursuing collaborative effort in promoting discussions about Indonesia-Australia relations.


GoLive Indonesia Project Coordinator, Gracia Girsang, handing out GoLive official Polo shirt to Mr. Paul Grigson.





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GoLive Discussion Series Highlights – 15 June 2016

Talking about cancer can be daunting for most people. However, not the case with GoLive Indonesia discussion series. This month, GoLive Indonesia is grateful to  have Dr Chandra Kirana, Research Officer at Basil Hetzel Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, as our presenter. Dr Chandra got her degree as a Biologist from Gadjah Mada University and completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide and worked at CSIRO Human Nutrition in Adelaide and Wakefield Biomedical Research Institute in Wellington in New Zealand.


Dr Chandra Kirana from Bazil Hetzel Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Adelaide

The discussion on colorectal cancer (CRC) highlights on how this particular type of cancer is usually found in older generation and developed countries, while increasing trend is also found in developing countries. In the case of Indonesia, Dr Chandra elaborates that there is still very little research being done on CRC. Furthermore, she enunciates previous research which found that the risk of getting cancer due to genetic history is only at the 10% level. The way we treat our body, what we eat and what kind of lifestyle we choose pose a greater 30% cancer risk. Similarly, what we do to the environment (pollution, drinking water) and virus or bacterial infestation expose 30% each of cancer risk to humans.


Q&A session – GoLive Discussion Series

While talking about CRC prevention and detection, Dr Chandra explains how Australian Government set up a program that automatically ask permanent resident and citizen at the age of 50 to send their stool sample for a faecal occult blood test as CRC screening. When dealing with cancer, samples, data and early detection mechanism is imperative.

Our discussion then establish that high fibre diet is extremely important in staying healthy. When asked about Indonesian cuisine, Dr Chandra describes that Indonesian’s diet is rich of fibre, especially our green vegetables. In addition to that, she also emphasizes on the benefit of having turmeric as part of our diet. Research shows that turmeric contains good anti-cancer properties. Also soursop leaves is recommended for prostate cancer patients.


Dr Chandra Kirana and Gracia Girsang – handing GoLive official T-shirt

The ninety minutes discussion went by swiftly. It is intellectually stimulating to learn that when talking about cancer, the amount of research, resources and factors involved to find a cure is ample. Biologist like Dr Chandra represents a small side of the struggle to overcome CRC. Information about cancer alone is often found lacking, this is where Dr Chandra emphasize on the importance of a collaborative effort in research and hope that Indonesia will be able to keep up with the challenge.

GoLive Indonesia is deeply thankful to Dr Chandra Kirana for sharing her knowledge with us.

Photos courtesy of Reyza Ramadhan.

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Rida Akzar on Sharing with Adelaide Local Community

One of Golive Indonesia enthusiast, Rida Akzar, was invited to Rosefield Local Community (RLC) monthly event “Men’s breakfast” in Adelaide on Tuesday May 10th 2016. Rida was there to present his current master research project on “Innovations Adoption of Indonesian Dairy Farmers”. RLC manages this breakfast on every second Tuesday of the month. RLC regularly invites students or researchers to present their research or interest on various topics. Rida was invited by Mr Brian Jefferies, member of RLC, whom he met from Adelaide University’s program that links international student with local family, Experience Adelaide.

This time around, the event was attended by around 20 people from different occupation and backgrounds, such as scientists, doctors, lecturer, environmentalist, dairy farmers etc. After enjoying breakfast together, the discussion went on for about forty minutes consisting of presentation and discussion time. Prior to Rida’s presentation, Mr Rob Rodenburg, RLC’s coordinator asked Rida to elaborate more on Indonesia. He acknowledges that Indonesia-Australia are neighbors but not many is understood about Indonesia so far. Indeed, Rida’s research topic provides a great opportunity to get to know more about Indonesian dairy farm industry.

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Rida Akzar presenting at RLC Men’s Breakfast

Rida started his presentation with a quote from Brenda Schoepp that says “My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a preacher, a policeman, but everyday, three times a day we need a farmer”. The room was lit up with smiles showing anticipation towards the presentation. The presentation began with elaborating the concept of innovation adoption in agricultural sector in developing countries. Rida puts emphasis on the obstacles faced by smallholder’s farmer while adopting innovations. The issue revolves around how small the scale of the business is and how farmers have limited access to market information and credit. Both issues pose as hindrance for farmers in adopting innovations.

Then, he linked the concept to his case study about Indonesian dairy farmers. As cited from IFC (2011), Indonesian dairy sector is centered in three provinces West, Central and East Java. The sector is dominated by smallholder dairy farmers that on average manage three cows per farmer with a productivity 10-11 liters/day. Most of the dairy farmers are members of dairy cooperatives that links farmers with milk processing companies.

Everyone was quite amazed at the fact that Indonesian dairy farmers is mostly small-scaled business, especially when compared to smallholder Australian farmers which have much greater number of dairy cows per farmer. Also, an interesting observation was deliberated during the discussion session on how Indonesia and Australia differs in defining ‘smallholder farmers’. Indonesia defines it based on the business scale (farm size and number of cows), while Australia defines it according to land ownership.

Overall, Rida highly appreciates the opportunity to share his research to the RLC community. He believes that presenting to people with different backgrounds is important as we are able to gain valuable insights from different perspectives. Even more so, this opportunity provides him with the chance to introduce and share stories about Indonesia to Australian local community.

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RLC Men’s Breakfast

The presentation was greatly praised and led to the invitation for Rida to visit one of the participant’s dairy farm in Northern Adelaide where he will have a chance to learn how to make hay. Building network and exchanging experience is definitely the expected outcome of such sharing practices.

Rida Akzar is a master student at Global Food and Agricultural Business, the University of Adelaide. His master research project is supervised by Dr Risti Permani and Dr Wahida.

IFC 2011, Working with Smallholders: A Handbook for Firms Building Sustainable Supply Chains, International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC USA.


Photos courtesy of Reyza Ramadhan

GoLive Indonesia would like to thank Rida Akzar for sharing his experience and look forward to more great endeavors. We also look forward to accepting other inspiring stories. Send your experience via email to

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