The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and the Future of Research and Development in Indonesia


In April 2021, Indonesia established the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) as an independent state body to overhaul research conducted by government bodies and universities. This establishment of an over-arching research institution marks a new era for science and innovation in Indonesia, in which scientists are expected to contribute more to economic development.

The President has tasked BRIN to ensure that research and development activities in the country could attract more investments to its science and technology sectors. BRIN will also play a role as a “facilitator and enabler” for higher education institutions and the industrial sector to develop their research and innovation capabilities.

This webinar will provide insights on the rationale for BRIN’s establishment, the challenges faced by Indonesia to build a more conducive environment for research and technological development, and BRIN’s strategy to respond to those challenges. It will also discuss the implications of research re-organization on future research collaboration with foreign researchers.

About the Speaker

Laksana Tri Handoko is the Chairman of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). He is an Indonesian scientist specializing in theoretical and particle physics. Previously, he was the Head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) (2018-2021). He served as the Deputy of Engineering Science for LIPI from 2014 to 2018 and as the Head of the LIPI Informatics Research Center from 2012 to 2014. He was a lecturer at the Department of Physics, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) from 2002 to 2004. He has also been teaching at the Department of Physics, University of Indonesia (UI) since 2002.
Handoko completed his Masters and PhD in particle physics at Hiroshima University. He has held fellowship positions in various international institutions, including Humboldt Fellow in 1999, Simons ICTP Associate Fellow in 2013, Senior Fellow at IEEE in 2017, and visiting research positions at Yonsei University, DESY Hamburg and ICTP Trieste. Dr Handoko has also received several scientific awards from various institutions in Indonesia and the world. Among others; PII Adhidarma Professional Award 2010, Outstanding Intellectual Property Award (Science) in 2009, Satyalancana Wira Karya for Science in 2009, Asia Pacific ICT Awards in 2003, 2004, and 2006, Habibie Award for Basic Science in 2004, and Young Indonesian Researcher (Basic Science) 2002. His research was listed as the New Beneficial Inventions to the Country in 2010, the 400 most highly cited papers of all time in high energy physics in 2010, and 101 most prospective innovation in 2009.


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Aug 31 2021


10:00 am - 11:15 am