The EMBRIO Initiative invests substantial efforts in enhancing and integrating Marine Biodiversity Research Training that target at early scientific career levels in order to allow for a sustained increase of knowledge and expertise in state-of-the-art research methodologies in Indonesia. A strong foundation for this can be accomplished by building upon the numerous existing collaborations between universities and research institutes in Indonesia and abroad and by promoting further partnerships in higher education. Young researchers still have the greatest mobility for long-term stays at partner institutions and, being at the onset of their career, the highest potential to establish long-lasting new contacts beyond the traditional borders between research disciplines. Providing them with skills and experiences to think outside-the-box with regard to interdisciplinary, cultural and political boundaries is an important measure to produce open-minded future decision-makers with the ability to overcome challenges commonly faced by international research consortia. A strong interface between research and education has to be established by involving students in experimental work and scientific publishing already at an early stage. Moreover, career training for young researchers with the aim to foster their “transferable career skills” required to become internationally competitive scientists is considered essential.
Recent Examples of EMBRIO Training Activities
- Marine Science & Technology Training Course (http://marine.ipb.ac.id/mst-training-course/)
- MSTCareer – Career skills for internationally competitive scientists (www.mstcareer.info)
- Participation in the world-wide training program GAME- Global Approach by Modular Experiments (www.geomar.de/go/game)
EMBRIO International Summer School
A summer school based on the EMBRIO Goals “Understanding, Protecting / Rehabilitating & Sustainable Use of Indonesian Marine Biodiversity” is currently in the planning. EISS training modules will provide a general introduction in common field study techniques (e.g. sampling, monitoring, and species identification) as a background for understanding and protecting/rehabilitating such ecosystems. Moreover, EISS will give insights in state-of-the-art research hot topics dealing with Indonesian Marine Biodiversity such as Chemoecology, Molecular Phylogeny, Spatial Ecosystem Mapping, Environmental Microbiology, and Marine Biotechnology. Through a strong focus in training on field studies, the EISS program will give an overview of the species diversity and their interactions in a functional coral reef ecosystem, highlighting the immense value this biodiversity holds for biotechnological innovation and creating a fundamental understanding among the participants for the significance of sustaining this treasure for future generations.
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