The International Conference on Advanced Technology and Multidiscipline (ICATAM) was organized virtually by the Faculty of Advanced Technology and Multidiscipline (FTMM) Universitas Airlangga on October 13-14, 2021 2021. The event was held by FTMM in regards to the increasing phenomena of multidisciplinary sciences in the academic realm.
Professor Dr Retna Apsari, M.Si, as Vice Dean III of FTMM explained that ICATAM was held for FTMM’s branding. As UNAIR’s newest faculty, FTMM took a big step by holding this international conference.
“Through this event, we invited colleagues of both domestic and foreign institutions to collaborate, especially in publishing works and exchanging ideas,” she said.
“Technological developments, whether they are conventional, up to date, or multidisciplinary, will be able to contribute to the nation. Therefore, this ICATAM has to be an annual agenda in the future, so that it can create various brilliant thoughts to overcome the nation’s problems,” continued Professor Dr Retna.
Dr. Prihartini Widiyanti, drg, M.Kes, S.Bio, CCD as the Head of the FTMM Engineering Department as well as the Executive Head of the 2021 ICATAM revealed that the international conference was intended as a medium for the FTMM entity to disseminate research work and activities.
“We have to get new insights related to the development of technology in the world. Increasing networks with practitioners and researchers in the field of advanced technology and multidiscipline is also our obligation,” she said.
ICATAM, she continued, is the embodiment of a multidisciplinary academic collaboration space. Furthermore, the FTMM academic peer lists also supported the event from the beginning. In addition, the real collaboration of leaders, lecturers, education staff, and FTMM students in preparing the event was extraordinary.
According to Yanti, it is obligatory for academics to practice disseminating their work in an international atmosphere. This will be useful in improving the performance of scientific activities in the form of joint publications, joint collaborations, and joint research by the FTMM academic community.
“This agenda is also a step of support for UNAIR in pursuing national and global rankings. Furthermore, we have collaborated with the American Institute of Physics,” she added.
The collection of papers from ICATAM 2021 will be processed into the Scopus indexed proceedings. The publication is certainly an important point in encouraging lecturer credit scores and supporting faculty performance.
At the end of the event, Yanti hoped that the first International Conference on Advanced Technology and Multidiscipline would stimulate the enthusiasm of academics in working and building networks.