Call for Participants 3rd EMBRIO Field Course – International Summer School “Coral Reefs in Transition” 18-30 August


EMBRIO (‘Enhancing Marine Biodiversity Research in IndOnesia’) is a network initiative initiated by the Vice Rector for Research & Collaboration of the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia, to promote scientific innovation based on marine biodiversity resources and to strengthen counteractions against marine biodiversity loss. EMBRIO aims to grow into an Indonesia-wide network with strategic international partners and a ‘Center of Excellence’ in Indonesian Marine Biodiversity Research. The EMBRIO Initiative is coordinated by the IPB Faculty of Fisheries & Marine Sciences (IPB-FPIK).


The research training in the frame of the annual EMBRIO Field Course is based on the EMBRIO Goals “Understanding, Protecting / Rehabilitating & Sustainable Use of Indonesian Marine Biodiversity”.


In August 2018, the 3rd EMBRIO Field Course will be conducted as an international summer school on the topic “Coral Reefs in Transition”. The training modules of this course will provide a general introduction to common field study techniques (e.g. sampling, monitoring, and species identification) as a background for understanding and protecting/rehabilitating coral reefs and adjacent ecosystems. The course participants will gain a comprehensive overview of the species diversity and their interactions in a functional coral reef ecosystem. The immense value this biodiversity holds for biotechnological innovation will be highlighted to create a fundamental understanding among the participants of the significance to sustain this treasure for future generations.


The field course is organized by EMBRIO Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences Bogor Agricultural University (IPB-FPIK). It is going to be held in close partnership with coral reef ecology experts from the School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand. Course participants from Indonesia and New Zealand will work in project teams at a variety of field sites in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, and Kepulauan Seribu, East Java. Additional participants from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) are joining the 3rd EMBRIO Field course.


Time and Course Locations

Course Duration: August 18 – 30, 2017

Part I: Introduction to Coastal Ecosystem Field Work (August 18-25, Wakatobi, organized by VUW)

Part II: Project Work (August 26- 30, Kepulauan Seribu, organized by IPB-FPIK)


Participation Payment*

The participant can choose one of type for the participation:

1. Full participation (Wakatobi & Seribu) : IDR. 5.850.000 (Flight tickets not included­)

2. Wakatobi only : IDR. 5.000.000 (Flight tickets not included­)


3. Seribu Islands only : IDR. 2.500.000


4. International participants: USD 1.000,- (Flight tickets not included­)

*Term and condition apply


Course Modules

Part I: Introduction to Coastal Ecosystem Field Work (Wakatobi)

–        Coral reef ecology and rehabilitation

–        Seagrass ecology and management

–        Mangrove ecology and management

–        Socioeconomics, fisheries and local communities


Part II: Project Work (Kepulauan Seribu)

Individual participant teams will work on specific topics, such as 

–        Characteristics of disturbances in coral reefs (e.g. diseases, invasive species, anthropogenic impacts, etc.)

–        Data assessment on Seagrass, Coral reefs, and/or Mangrove

–        Mangrove reforestation (comparison of different strategies)

–        Micro plastic impact on coastal ecosystems


Target Participants

Highly motivated Undergraduate and Graduate Students who are eager to gain hands-on experience in marine ecosystem research and comprehensive theoretical foundation for their scientific career in the field of understanding, protecting/rehabilitating & sustainably using Indonesia’s marine biodiversity.


How to apply

Please submit the following documents as email attachment (as PDF or MS WORD file) to madduppa@gmail.com before July 15, 2018:

–        Your contact data (full name, email address, phone number)

–        Curriculum Vitae providing a tabular overview of your educational and professional experiences (including dates and locations)

–        Motivation letter (max. one page), including:

  • explain the qualifications and skills you have already gained in your previous career that might be useful in this course (e.g. research project experiences, theoretical background gained through previous course participations and lectures in the context of your studies, etc.)
  • briefly describe the benefits you expect for yourself from participating in EMBRIO Field Course
  • state which of the offered projects topics you are most interested in (see list above, section Course Modules, Part II) and explain why

–         an Abstract in English language of one of your past research projects or proposals you submitted (max. 1 page)

–         Explain if you need course-support!


Please note: The course is limited to max. 5 Indonesian participants to allow for an intensive interaction. The participants will be selected based on their written applications (criteria: scientific qualifications and motivation) 


Application deadline

July 15, 2018


For questions or to submit your EMBRIO Field Course 2018 application, please contact Dr. Hawis Madduppa (hawis@apps.ipb.ac.id )


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