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Virtual Workshop

4-6 August 2021

Apply to be an Early Career Researcher Participant here  (deadline: 30th June 2021)

Please download abstract template here


The Workshop is directed at stimulating innovative research connecting the interlinked issues of climate change and plastic waste ahead of the UNFCCC’s COP26 which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

The workshop is designed to encourage lateral thinking, flexibility, and adaptability in working together to create strong links between UK-based and Indonesian researchers and institutions to conduct research that is focused on reducing the risks and vulnerabilities of coastal communities in Indonesia.


This interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder workshop will explore the evidence required to connect the plastic waste and climate change problems in Indonesia. The aims of the workshop are as follows:

  • To develop an evidence base connecting the problems of marine plastic waste and climate change adaptation in Indonesia.
  • To stimulate research between the UK and Indonesia which examines the causes as well as the consequences of the combined problems of marine plastic waste and climate change adaptation in Indonesia
  • To catalyze interdisciplinary research projects that integrate scientific knowledge with an understanding of national and international development processes related to climate change and plastic waste
  • To develop the capacity of early career researchers to build and lead interdisciplinary and gender-balanced research teams
  • To support early career researchers to develop fundable project proposals that provide an evidence-base for policy making and action
  • To create a dynamic and responsive network of researchers in the UK and Indonesia who have the capacity to become mentors of future early-career researchers responding to complex and inter-connected global challenges.

Workshop Conclusion.

Participants will leave the Workshop with experience in building a case for action based on robust evidence, an understanding of the processes involved in developing successful interdisciplinary research projects, and with a network of contacts through which future research related to the problems of climate change and plastic waste can be developed.

Challenge Prizes.

The workshop will challenge participants categorized as early career researchers to develop three interdisciplinary research projects, who will be awarded with “Challenge Prizes” with a maximum total of £30,000 for all three prizes (ranges between £7,500 and £15,000).

Questions or Further Information.

Dr. Asep Adhikerana, CSERM UNAS, cserm@unas.ac.id



Second Grant of BC ECRN Pilot Project Awarded to CSERM UNAS Early Career Researchers

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Second Grant of BC ECRN Pilot Project Awarded to CSERM UNAS Early Career Researchers
We are very pleased to announce that a member of our research team, Nuzulia Mutika Sari S.Si has just been awarded a grant from the GCRF Blue Communities Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) Pilot Project. The pilot project is a collaborative effort between early career researchers from three institutions which are CSERM UNAS, HNUE (Hanoi National University of Education) with Dr Nguyễn Thu Hà will act as the first Principal Investigator, and involving other researchers from both institutions: Arfa’a Wulanda Agnia ST(CSERM UNAS), and Dr Bethany Roberts (University of Exeter) both as the Co-Principal Investigators.
Despite the pandemic situation, the team managed to developed the idea through several online brainstorming and zoom discussions involving mentors from the GCRF Blue Communities experts. Through the funded project, will seek to understand island communities’ knowledge and perception of gender roles in coastal and marine resource use and management using Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An Biosphere Reserve and Taka Bonerate Kepulauan Selayar Biosphere Reserve – Indonesia as the case study. Ultimately, this project aims to feed into the reserves management plan and improve access for women in decision-making roles


Didik Prasetyo Ph.D.

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Research Fellow

Didik Prasetyo obtained his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers the state university of New Jersey. His expertise is focus on wildlife conservation and management specifically for Indonesian primates. For more than 15 years, he is intriguing with orangutan ecology and behavior, and how this knowledge could be connected to improve a better wildlife (primates) management in Indonesia. He is currently a chairman for Indonesian Primatologist Association and previously work with several NGOs in Indonesia and USAID projects.


Indonesian Primate Conservation and Climate Change Symposium

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(Universitas Nasional – Centre for Sustainable Energy and Resources Management)

Background: Over the last 130 years, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have increased dramatically as a result of human activities, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels and clearing of tropical forests for agriculture.  The resulting rapid climate change is having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems around the world, including those inhabited by Indonesian primates. To help offset these impacts Indonesia has established a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emission by at least 29% by 2030. One of the main challenges to achieving this target is the development of renewable energy and land/resource use practices that satisfy economic development goals and ensure the restoration and conservation of forest ecosystems supporting primates and countless other species.  This effort will demand a holistic approach towards pertinent knowledge gathering, involving both academic, private and public institutions. The symposium will present expert review and perspective on the mechanisms by which rapid climate change may impact Indonesian primates and by which such impacts can be better understood and addressed. Symposium presenters will draw on existing research as well as professional, local and anecdotal experience and observations.

Symposium Topic: Perspectives on the Potential Impacts of Rapid Climate Change on Primates in Indonesia

Time and Location: January 9th, 2020 – Gedung LIPI, Jl. Gatot Subroto No.10 South Jakarta


A. Keynote Speech: 

  • Dr. Jatna Supriatna – Chairman of Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC), University of Indonesia, Indonesia (Predictions for climate change to forest habitat in Indonesia, with specific reference to Borneo and Sumatra, the harbor of endangered primates)

B. Invited speaker:

  • Dr Sarjiya Antonius, Biological Research Center – Microbiology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) – (The influence of climate change on tropical rainforest soils and microbiome).
  • Prof. Dr. Muraoka Hiroyuki – Professor at River Basin Research Center, Gifu University, Japan – (The influence of climate change on tree photosynthesis and carbon cycle in temperate and tropical forest ecosystems).
  • Prof. Dr. Rosichon Ubaidillah – Professor in the field of zoological research, Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Biological Research Center, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) – (The influence of climate change on important pollinators of tropical rainforest trees used by primates in Indonesia)
  • Dr. Susan Cheyne – Teaching Fellow in Biological Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK – (The influence of climate change on important seed dispersers of tropical rainforest trees used by primates in Indonesia).
  • Erin Vogel – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University – (The influence of climate change on the physiology/energetics and ecologyof Indonesian primates)
  • Dr. Gusti Anshari Zakaria – Professor at Faculty of Agriculture, Tanjungpura University, Indonesia – (The influence of climate change on the physiology/energetics and ecologyof Indonesian primates)

Participants: Practitoners, Academicians and Students.

Symposium Output: The symposium organizers will prepare a brief policy/proceedings comprised of a preamble, the speaker presentations with abstracts, and a summary of knowledge gaps and recommendations for mitigation. The Symposium proceedings will be made publicly available.

For registration: bit.ly/primatesymposium —> CLOSED

Contact us :
Nuzulia Mutika Sari: primatesymposium.cserm.unas@gmail.com / 0821-2042-9609