Collaborative Agricultural Research at Xth France-Indonesia Joint Working Group held in Poitiers, France.

The Xth France-Indonesia Joint Working Group was organized at Futuroscope Convention Centre in Poitiers, France on June 26-28th.

Professors N. Gascoin and U. Thamrin provided a detailed review of joint achievements in Science and Technology prior to higher education achievements (A. Devoucoux du Buysson & Prof. A. G Mukti).

Among funding opportunities provided by the Institut Francais d’Indonésie (Cf. http://www.ifi-id.com/fr/decouvrez-les-financements-de-la-recherche-franco-indonesienne), the Partenariat Hubert Curien (PHC) Nusantara collaborative scheme was described. Out of 60 and 52 eligible proposals submitted in 2017 and 2018, respectively, 10 awardees per year have been supported with one single proposal selected in 2017 in Agriculture. Such mobility bilateral schemes require world class research projects, a recognized expertise of both research teams, a complementary and value added collaboration, the involvement of young researchers and sizeable scientific outcomes.

In parallel , the Science & Impacts scheme remains open and it aims at supporting French research teams engaged in collaborative work with Indonesian counterparts, with a visible achievement expected (funding is less than 10k€, usually around 4k€). A new Southeast Asia-Europe funding scheme for research and innovation is available in the field of Bioeconomy and infectious diseases (deadline on September 18, 2018. https://www.sea-eu-jfs.eu/

Six parallel workshop sessions were organized during the second Conference day which covered Health and Medecine, Information & Communication Technology, Engineering, Mechanics, Aeronautics and Energy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Ecology, Environment and Marine Science and Food Security and Agriculture. The latter was chaired by Olivier Gibert (Cirad) and gathered several academic representatives, researchers and PhD students from both Indonesia and France. Most of participants wished to maintain or reinforce ongoing collaborative projects whereas some others were expecting to engage in new partnerships. By order of importance, fields of collaboration included: 1) roots, tubers and bananas, 2) veterinary and aquaculture sciences, 3) genetic diversity, 4) plant protection, 5) pests and diseases, 6) biomass and bio-product uses, 7) natural rubber tree germplasm, 8) ecological intensification, and 9) agronomy.

Interesting discussion was initiated with a representative from a university from Aceh (Sumatra) to build up a multi-disciplinary banana project team flagship covering agronomy, breeding, genetic diversity, crop protection, adaptation to climate change, post-harvest and economy.

The wrap-up briefing meeting identified current collaboration and expectations from the group and designed priorities for the support of institutional partnerships linking universities and research institutes in both countries under the framework of IFI and Ristekdikti.

Published: 09/07/2018

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