The ‘EMBRIO Constituting Workshop’ was held on March 6+7, 2013, to achieve a general consent on a concerted EMBRIO roadmap (as pre-defined by the EMBRIO Task Force) among the key players in Indonesian Marine Biodiversity Research. Funding for the EMBRIO workshop was acquired from the German Embassy / the German Federal Ministry of Research & Education (BMBF).
Representatives from Indonesian Ministries and governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations were invited to pinpoint competence needs and research demands in the field of Marine Biodiversity in order to pave the way for a maximum impact of future EMBRIO Research for the sake of Indonesian prosperity, policy-making and marine ecosystem management. General strategies for the implementation of the EMBRIO program were discussed and complementing expertise as well as potential for synergies between the participating researchers was identified in the course of two plenary discussions. The workshop participants were invited to present their current research as well as concepts for future research projects in a poster session entitled “Integrated EMBRIO Research” with the aim to facilitate discussions about an integrated, concerted EMBRIO approach. Therefore, the presenters were asked to highlight how their ideas integrate into the EMBRIO concept and can contribute to achieve the three EMBRIO Goals to “Understand, Protect/Rehabilitate & Sustainably Use Indonesian Marine Biodiversity”. Great importance was attached to enhancing the dialogue with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) concerned with Indonesian Marine Biodiversity issues. NGO Representatives were invited to present their perspective on how to best join forces. Working group discussions conducted on the 2ndworkshop day (March 7) aimed on the formation of grant proposal writing teams, the exchange of expertise, and the joint use of facilities and equipment.
On top of the multi-faceted Indonesian audience, the EMBRIO workshop was attended by distinguished scientists from renowned German research institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, the German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures and the Museum for Natural Sciences / Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity. The event was opened by a key-note lecture by the Director of the Jakarta Office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Dr. Irene Jansen, on the DAAD actions promoting sustainable international networking in research between Indonesia and Germany. Dr. Jansen gave advice on how to best integrate DAAD Alumni in the Indonesian network on Marine Biodiversity research and pointed out German organizations and institutions that may be interested in establishing contacts and partnerships with the EMBRIO network.