UNAIR Biology International Conference Discusses Biodiversity for Welfare

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UNIVERSITAS AIRLANGGA – In both engineering and science research, biodiversity is commonly studied. Biodiversity covers all genes, species, and ecosystems in a certain region. Indonesia is one of the countries with greatest biodiversity.

Therefore, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) Universitas Airlangga held 1st International Conference on Biodiversity (1 st ICoBioDiv) themed Sustainable Solution for Human Welfare. The seminar was held on September 17-18, 2019 at Wyndham Hotel Surabaya.

Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Agoes S, DEA., as the chief executive said that the seminar was an upgrade of national biodiversity seminar already been held six times. The goal is to publish a paper in Scopus journals or proceedings.

“Indonesia is one of the largest country with biodiversity, the theme is to use this biodiversity for human welfare, community welfare, drugs from biodiversity, food from biodiversity in the future,” he explained.

Prof. Agus also said that the seminar could be a forum for researchers or lecturers from all over Indonesia. They can gain more insights into biodiversity.

The seminar was attended by 140 participants and they were not only from biology but also from other biological sciences. From a total of 140 participants, 94 participants took part in paper and 46 in poster presentations.

With the seminar, Prof. Agus hoped the researchers can get to know each other through the strength of research infrastructure owned by other universities in other countries. Furthermore, they can form networks, both domestically and abroad.

“For research, the more collaboration links the higher the value,” he said.

The keynote speakers at the seminar were Prof. Peter Nixon from Imperial College London, London, Prof. Wn-Taek Im from Hankyong National University Republic of Korea, Prof. Liang-Ming Whang from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and Prof. Dr. Suharsono from the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI). (*)