On September 23-24, 2019, INGSA (the International Network for Government Science Advice) in collaboration with IULI (Faculty of Life Sciences), ALMI (Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences), InSME (Indonesian Society of Microbial Ecology) has successfully held Asia Capacity Building Workshop on Biodiversity and Its Research Management.
This 2 days international workshop was attended by participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The workshop was held at the Indonesian National Library Building, in Central Jakarta.
The workshop discussed various topics concerning the interface between science, politics and society which is a minefield for both policymakers and scientists. Thus, there is an increasing need for scientists to be trained to improve their science advising skills and communication skills, to ensure that evidence-based policies are made to yield a positive impact for all stakeholders.
The main objectives of the workshop were:
1. To promote science advice in the region
2. To strengthen capacity for science advice in leadership, governance and multi-sectoral action for conservation and research management of biodiversity
3. To promote dialogues between researchers and policymakers on the underlying social determinants to address biodiversity issues in Asia
4. To build regional networks for science advice among biodiversity researchers, national and international authorities and other biodiversity stakeholders.